Satrix Nasdaq 100 ETF +50% in 2023

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The Nasdaq100 has had an amazing start to 2023 with the best every first six-months and the locally listed ETF, STXNDQ, has done even better adding 54.5% in the first six-months as Rand weakness helped boost the return.

We look at top ETF returns for 2023 here.

The Nasdaq (which stands for ~ National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) is the tech-heavy index investors look to when tech is flying. And the Nasdaq-100 is their top index of the largest 100 stocks.

However, while everybody assumes the Nasdaq-100 is all about tech stocks, that’s not entirely the case. Pure information technology (IT) stocks make up 50.7% of the Nasdaq-100. This is still a lot compared to the S&P 500, where IT stocks account for 28% and MSCI Developed World’s 22.2% IT stock allocation.

Back to the Nasdaq-100, the communications sector makes up another 17.1% while consumer discretionary is at 14.4%. This consumer sector inclusion means the index includes Amazon. Amazon is usually excluded from IT indices as it’s not classified as an IT stock but (in my view correctly so) as a consumer stock.

Importantly, the Nasdaq-100 index excludes financials. This does make for a significant difference to the other large-cap indices such as the S&P 500 or the MSCI World, which have financials at around 10% and 14% respectively.

The Nasdaq100 Top 10 holdings are:

Nasdaq100 Top10 holdings (as at 31 May 2023)

Nasdaq100 Top10 holdings (as at 31 May 2023)

As you can see high levels of concentration with the top 4 almost 40% of the index. However this is not unusual albeit it has become more pronounced over the last coupe of months as we’ve seen large tech run hard.

Satrix Nasdaq100 ETF (JSE code: STXNDQ)

The Satrix Nasdaq ETF is listed on the JSE and allows you access to the Nasdaq 100 companies. Other tech-focused ETFs on the JSE include the Sygnia iTrix 4th Industrial Revolution (up 28.0% in the first six months) and the 1nvest S&P 500 IT, (up 59.0% in the first six-months) which is the only 100% tech-focused ETF on the JSE. Personally, the 1invest would be my pick if you’re looking for pure tech. However,  the Nasdaq100 does offer a great mix of tech concentration with a tail of other sectors included.

ETF Name: Satrix Nasdaq 100 Feeder ETF
ETF Issuer: Satrix
Issue date: 10 April 2018
Total investment cost: 0.48%
ETF Benchmark: Nasdaq 100
Tax-free: Allowed
Market cap: R3.95billion
Dividend yield: Re-invested
Performance 1 year: +37.9%
Performance 3 year: +55.8%
Performance 5 year: +192.3%

Simon Brown

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