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.