Mei Yun Chin
06 Aug 2020
I’m considering to invest monthly in a US/ Irish domiciled ETF but I’m unsure what underlying withholding taxes, fees are involved which may affect earnings.
ETFs, Equities, Bonds
0.2% to 0.8% p.a.
ANNUAL MANAGEMENT FEE
EXPECTED ANNUAL RETURN
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You are subjected to 30% dividend withholding tax when you invest in US-domiciled ETF, even when using a roboadvisor or RSP. It is 15% dividend withouholding tax for Irish-domiciled ETF. (Both are not subjected to capital gain tax)
Most of the roboadvisor management fees are dependent on how much money you have deposit with them (etc. 0.5% of $1000 annually = $5), you can find out more about their fees and make a comparision here:
For RSP, the fees vary for different brokerage or banks and thus you will need to look out for one which meet your goals and comfort. You can also RSP quarterly or semi-anually to save some fees if your monthly RSP amount is minimal (I try to keep the fees below 0.5%) .