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Ready to invest your first $1,000? Try these 2 ASX shares

Investing your first $1,000 into the share market is a very exciting event in anyone’s life. But it can also be nerve-racking. Where to put it? There are literally thousands of investments to choose from, just on the ASX alone.

That’s why I’ve found 2 ASX shares that I would be very happy to recommend to a beginner with their first $1,000 to spend. Both shares can be bought and held with very little active management or effort, which I think is a perfect arrangement for anyone wanting to dip their toes into ASX shares for the first time.

Magellan High Conviction Trust (ASX: MHH)

This share is actually a listed investment trust (LIT), which is a collection of underlying shares that is managed on investors’ behalf. In this way, I think it’s a great option for a beginner’s first $1,000 investment. Magellan High Conviction Trust aims to amass a concentrated portfolio of 8–12 of the shares that Magellan’s management team views as the ‘best in the world’. These currently include well-known names like Google-owner Alphabet, Microsoft, Visa and Alibaba.

These companies are world-class and have a truly global presence. As such, I think this is a great investment for your first $1,000 – or for any investor, in truth. MHH also aims to pay out a 3% cash distribution each year, which can either be taken in cash as some passive income, or else re-invested for a discount.

VanEck Australian Equal Weight ETF (ASX: MVW)

One of the criticisms I hear most of your typical S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is regarding their high concentration towards ASX banks and miners.

Whilst this is true of a conventional ASX 200 ETF, this fund from VanEck operates a little differently. That’s because it assigns each company in the ASX 200 an equal investment, rather than giving larger companies a bigger slice of the pie. As such, your larger shares like Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) get the same slice of this ETF as your smaller companies like WiseTech Global Ltd (ASX: WTC).

Since this ETF’s inception in 2014, it has comfortably outperformed the ASX 200 index, so that’s enough validation for your first $1,000 investment in itself, in my view.

As such, I think this equal-weighted ETF is a great choice for any beginner investor, who wants an equally cut ‘slice of Australia’. Again, it’s managed entirely on your behalf – meaning you can just ‘set and forget’ it if you so wish.

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Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Sebastian Bowen owns shares of Alphabet (A shares), Magellan High Conviction Trust, and Visa. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of and recommends Alphabet (A shares) and Visa. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of WiseTech Global. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Alphabet (A shares). We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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