ETF: Understanding the GIVI SA Top 50 ETF

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Understanding the GIVI SA Top 50 ETFGIVISA ETF

Low volatility and value are at the core of the S&P GIVI SA Top 50 (GIVISA) ETF. The index filters companies based on their intrinsic value. To be included, companies need to have a market capitalisation of R10bn and trade at least R15m per day. Preference shares are excluded and each share is capped at 10%.

The value of a company’s assets, the company’s earning potential for the next five years and how stable the company is are all considered in the methodology of this ETF. As the name implies, the ETF invests in 50 South African companies that fall within the index’s stricter criteria. 

It’s a design feature of ETF products to reflect changing market conditions over time. When we first featured this ETF in June 2016, it was heavily weighted in consumer goods. It had a huge holding in Steinhoff, a company since booted from most indices. It also had exposure to SAB Miller, a company that was acquired by an international firm.

After two tough years for South African shoppers, financial companies have surpassed consumer goods as the largest holding in this ETF. While consumer goods still cling to a second place, the ETF is also heavily invested in basic materials. Sectors like telecommunications, healthcare and industrials aren’t well-represented in this ETF.

Unpacking the GIVISA

ETF name NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Top 50 ETF
JSE code GIVISA
ETF issuer NewFunds CIS
Issue date 24 June 2008
Effective annual cost (EAC)* 0.31%
ETF benchmark S&P GIVI SA Top 50 Index
Tax-free savings account Investment allowed
ETF major holdings British American Tobacco, BHP Billiton, Naspers, Sasol, Richemont, Old Mutual, Remgro, Mondi, Investec. Download the full list here
Market cap** R79m
Performance 1 year -19.8%%

3 year -23.5%

5 years – 14.0%

Dividends** 2.8%
What we like The ETF methodology attempts to reduce risk and filter for quality companies. Familiarise yourself with the methodology before investing. 

*November 2018

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