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Comparing ETFs: Asset classes

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Investing is about more than just shares. There are a number fo different asset classes we can buy and this article digs into the details.

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ETF: Concentration risk in ETFs

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In an ETF weighted by market capitalisation, your exposure to companies with rising value will increase as share prices rise, and decrease as share price falls. The risk is that over time your overall portfolio could inadvertently become over-exposed to a single sector or even share.

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ETF: Volatility case study

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Us DIY investors don’t often get to see volatility in action. For the most part volatility is something reserved for the mysterious back-rooms of index houses. Fortunately, this year’s market crash is giving us all the opportunity to see volatility flex.  If you owned an ETF in March, your understanding of volatility is probably close ...
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ETF: Understanding the Satrix INDI

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The Satrix INDI is an ETF with a difference. This week, we look at the benefits of excluding banks and mines from an ETF and what that means for your portfolio. Banks and mines play an important role in the South African economy, which is why many of our indices include big mining and banking ...
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ETF: How local is your Top40?

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Geographical earnings is an important consideration when putting together an ETF portfolio. Avoiding over-exposure to a particular region protects your portfolio from geopolitical instability. Local pension and retirement annuities (RAs) have to be Regulation 28 compliant. Until a week ago, 75% of these funds had to be invested locally. Add an ordinary Top 40 ETF ...