Investing in ASX shares and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has been proven to be one of the most consistent and reliable ways to build wealth in this country, provided it is done correctly.
The share market allows ordinary Australians to harness the amazing powers of compounding and improve their financial stability.
Of course, there are many quality shares and ETFs on the market that have the potential to be wealth creators. But I want to discuss one today that I think has the potential to make its investors multimillionaires over enough time. It's the VanEck Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (ASX: MOAT).
This ASX ETF is a rather interesting one. Instead of being an index fund, it is an actively managed fund, holding a concentrated portfolio of around 50 shares. These shares are all American companies. They are selected on their perceived possession of what's called an economic 'moat'.
What's in the moat?
A moat refers to a Warren Buffett-inspired concept that a company can possess an intrinsic competitive advantage that repels competitors.
This could be a strong brand (Apple or Coca-Cola). Or else a cost advantage in selling products (perhaps Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES)'s Bunnings). It could even be selling a product that is hard for consumers to avoid using (Microsoft's Office suite for instance).
Some of the MOAT ETF's current holdings include companies like Disney, Nike, Alphabet, Campbell Soup, and Kellanova (Kellogg's). Oh and Buffett's own Berkshire Hathaway.
Immediately, we can see why these companies have been selected.
Disney is probably the most famous entertainment brand in the world.
The same could be said of Nike when it comes to sportswear.
It's pretty hard to find someone who doesn't use Alphabet's Google search engine.
No one can manufacture soups, stocks and sauces as efficiently as Campbell Soup.
And Kellogg's is almost synonymous with breakfast.
But the reason why I think this ETF has the potential to be a multimillionaire maker is its stellar track record.
How can this ASX ETF help you reach multi-millionaire status?
Since its ASX inception in 2015, the VanEck Wide Moat ETF has returned an average of 15.05% per annum (as of 30 November).
If one starts with $20,000 and invests $100 per month in this ETF, they would end up with over $2 million after 27 years. That's assuming this rate of return. That means that someone who started this process when they were 20 years old would easily be able to retire by the age of 47.
Of course, we can never assume that past performances will continue into the future. The next few years could easily see this ETF underperform or overperform to be fair, its historical performance.
However, given MOAT has been able to achieve an average of over 15% for almost eight years now, I think its unique approach is clearly successful. I invest in this ETF myself. And I'm hoping, and expecting, that it will play a role in getting my portfolio to seven figures and beyond one day.