The 5 most popular ASX shares bought by investors

The favourite stocks comprise 4 exchange-traded funds and an ASX lithium share.

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The five most popular ASX shares purchased by Aussie investors over the 12 months to May have been revealed.

A survey of more than 2,000 Australian investors conducted by online trading platform Stake reveals four exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and an ASX lithium share attracted the most investment over the period.

Let's check out the results.

Top 5 ASX shares purchased by Aussie investors

1/ Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (ASX: VAS

The Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF is an index-based ETF that tracks the performance of the S&P/ASX 300 Index (ASX: XKO). This means VAS ETF investors have exposure to some of the biggest ASX shares on the market. These include BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP), Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd (ASX: CBA), CSL Ltd (ASX: CSL), and Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES).

The VAS ETF is trading at $97.60 per unit today, up 0.94%.

2/ iShares S&P 500 ETF (ASX: IVV)

The iShares S&P 500 ETF is an index-based ETF that tracks the performance of the 500 largest United States companies comprising the S&P 500 Index (SP: .INX). These include the 'Magnificent Seven' stocks, such as Microsoft Corp and Nvidia Corp, and other superstar shares like GLP-1 medicine maker Eli Lilly And Co.

The IVV ETF is among the 10 cheapest ASX ETFs on the market, and is $55.54 per unit today, up 0.78%.

3/ Vanguard Msci Index International Shares ETF (ASX: VGS)

The Vanguard Msci Index International Shares ETF tracks the return of the MSCI World ex-Australia (with net dividends reinvested). So, there are no ASX shares involved, but you do get exposure to about 1,500 companies from 23 developed countries. They include the US, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, France, and Switzerland. That's some nice geographical diversification in a single trade!

The VGS ETF is trading at $124.91 per unit today, up 0.82%.

4/ Betashares Nasdaq 100 ETF (ASX: NDQ)

The Betashares Nasdaq 100 ETF tracks the performance of the technology-heavy NASDAQ-100 Index. Betashares investment strategist Tom Wickenden says the Nasdaq 100 is full of innovation stocks, including those involved in artificial intelligence (AI), and innovation will be a key factor driving shareholders' returns in the future. Here are two fun facts you may not know about NDQ ETF.

The NDQ ETF is trading at $45.44 per unit today, up 0.73%.

5/ Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS)

ASX lithium share Pilbara Minerals has lost 41% of its value over the past 12 months. This is primarily because lithium commodity values have plunged, resulting in most ASX lithium shares taking a dive.

The Pilbara Minerals share price is $2.97, up 1.02%.

Motley Fool contributor Bronwyn Allen has positions in BHP Group, CSL, Commonwealth Bank Of Australia, and Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended BetaShares Nasdaq 100 ETF, CSL, Microsoft, Nvidia, Wesfarmers, and iShares S&P 500 ETF. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has recommended the following options: long January 2026 $395 calls on Microsoft and short January 2026 $405 calls on Microsoft. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended BetaShares Nasdaq 100 ETF and Wesfarmers. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended CSL, Microsoft, Nvidia, Vanguard Msci Index International Shares ETF, and iShares S&P 500 ETF. 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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