VanEck Launches Global Version of MOAT ETF

11 August 2020


On 7 July 2020, VanEck launched the global version of its popular MOAT ETF, the VanEckTM Morningstar Global Wide Moat UCITS ETF.

With the VanEck Morningstar Global Wide Moat UCITS ETF (GOAT), investors can make targeted investments in global companies that the index provider Morningstar assigns a wide economic moat rating to, i.e. companies with a long-term competitive advantage over their peers. These "moats" may include cost advantages, efficient scale, network effects, high switching costs and intangible assets. Just as critical as a company’s economic moat rating, is its Morningstar Fair Value Estimate. GOAT’s underlying index targets those wide moat companies that are trading at the most attractive valuations.

Morningstar’s equity research analysts are located around the globe and evaluate moats and fair value estimates on an ongoing basis. Investors should also be aware of the risks: The value of the securities held by the ETF may decrease due to general market and economic conditions in markets and the fund may invest a relatively high proportion of its assets in a smaller number of issuers.

The ETF invests in a portfolio of equity securities with the aim of providing investment returns that closely track the performance of the Morningstar® Global Wide Moat Focus Index and is an attractive alternative to the global equity benchmark, the MSCI World Index. Since index inception on 23 April 2018, the Morningstar index has outperformed the MSCI World index index 7.63% as of 4 August 2020.

Morningstar Global Wide Moat Focus Index vs. MSCI World Net Total Return Index

Past performance is not a guarantee for future performance. You cannot directly invest into an index.

Top holdings as of 3 August 2020 were GEA Group AG (a farm technology, mechanical equipment, process industry and refrigeration technology company), ServiceNow Inc. (provider of IT management software), Tencent Holdings Ltd. (the company provides social networking, music, e-commerce, payment services and other technology solutions), Microsoft Corp. (the company develops, manufactures, licenses, sells and supports software products) and Guidewire Software Inc. (develops and publishes enterprise software for the property and casualty insurance industry).

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The Morningstar® Global Wide Moat Focus IndexSM was created and is maintained by Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar, Inc. does not sponsor, endorse, issue, sell, or promote the VanEck Morningstar Global Wide Moat UCITS ETF and bears no liability with respect to that ETF or any security. Morningstar is a registered trademark of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar Global Wide Moat Focus Index is a service mark of Morningstar, Inc.

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This is a marketing communication. Please refer to the prospectus of the UCITS and to the KID before making any final investment decisions.

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VanEck Asset Management B.V., the management company of VanEck Morningstar US Sustainable Wide Moat UCITS ETF (the "ETF"), a sub-fund of VanEck UCITS ETFs plc, is a UCITS management company under Dutch law registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The ETF is registered with the Central Bank of Ireland, passively managed and tracks an equity index. Investing in the ETF should be interpreted as acquiring shares of the ETF and not the underlying assets. Investors must read the sales prospectus and key investor information before investing in a fund. These are available in English and the KIIDs/KIDs in certain other languages as applicable and can be obtained free of charge at, from the Management Company or from the following local information agents:
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Morningstar® US Sustainability Moat Focus Index is a trade mark of Morningstar Inc. and has been licensed for use for certain purposes by VanEck. VanEck Morningstar US Sustainable Wide Moat UCITS ETF is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Morningstar and Morningstar makes no representation regarding the advisability in VanEck Morningstar US Sustainable Wide Moat UCITS ETF.
Effective December 17, 2021 the Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexTM has been replaced with the Morningstar® US Sustainability Moat Focus Index.
Effective June 20, 2016, Morningstar implemented several changes to the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index construction rules. Among other changes, the index increased its constituent count from 20 stocks to at least 40 stocks and modified its rebalance and reconstitution methodology. These changes may result in more diversified exposure, lower turnover and longer holding periods for index constituents than under the rules in effect prior to this date.
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