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ETF: Understanding the Sygnia Japan ETF

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This week, we take a closer look at the Sygnia iTrix MSCI Japan (share code: SYGJP) ETF. The Japanese economy remains one of the largest in the developed world. Japan is the second-biggest holding in the MSCI World Index, as well as the S&P Global 1200 Index. Considering the Japanese market hasn’t recovered from a ...
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ETF: Understanding the CoreShares Global Property ETF

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Fortunately the abysmal performance of the local property sector is not the symptom of a global problem. The CoreShares S&P Global Property (GLPROP) exchange-traded fund (ETF) offers property lovers an opportunity to enjoy the security of a physical investment and steady income in developed economies. Unlike local ETFs that invest heavily in commercial real estate ...
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ETF: When passive looks active

Kristia van HeerdenETF Blog, Latest

When I started writing this blog in 2016, the idea was to unpack the insides of local ETFs to help you choose the right one for your portfolio. This forced me to keep a close eye on the ETF industry. It’s been a great time to do so. While ETF investors are sometimes colloquially called ...
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ETF: Understanding SWIX ETFs

Kristia van HeerdenETF Blog, Latest

Shareholder-weighted index (SWIX) trackers are weighted by ordinary shares held in the South African share register. Shares in these blue chip companies held by other companies don’t form part of the weighting of the index, neither do shares held by offshore investors. Since these products are weighted by shares held locally, liquidity is a built-in ...
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ETF: How do I buy a tax-free ETF?

Kristia van HeerdenETF Blog, Latest

The investment stage of your financial journey finally offers some excitement. You’ve spent some time getting your debt under control, building your emergency fund and sorting out the right insurance to protect your assets. These things are important, but about as exciting as watching paint dry.  After all this hard work, you can start investing ...