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ETF: Understanding the NewFunds Momentum Equity ETF

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There is no upper limit to the potential performance of a share. It's unintuitive, but it's true. A share price that has gone up 100% can go up another 200% and then 300% after that. Share prices are determined by supply and demand in the market. When investors see a share price going up, they ...
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ETF: A place for new ETFs in your portfolio

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While ETFs started out as broad-market products weighted by capitalisation, local ETF issuers have also ventured into more complex index methodologies to offer something for every taste. Here we explain more about these ETFs so you can decide if they have a place in your portfolio.

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Comparing ETFs: Methodology

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ETF methodologies are getting smarter and our investible universe now includes the whole world. With a growing number of investment options, choosing the best ETF for your portfolio requires a fair bit of digging. ETF methodology is your shovel. ETF methodology JSE investors can choose between ETFs weighted by market capitalisation and smart beta ETFs. ...
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ETF: Understanding the Shari’ah 40 ETF

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Aligning profitability with ethics is a sticky problem. Since businesses don’t seem to get it right, it’s not that surprising that ethical ETF choices are limited. Over the years the local industry has seen some attempts at ethics-driven ETFs. However, Absa’s Shari’ah-compliant Top 40 (share code: NFSH40) product has been the only one that has ...
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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: Do volatility managed ETFs work in volatile times?

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Remember those strange volatility ETFs Absa launched a while ago? They were specifically designed to protect your money during volatile times. If you’ve looked at your investments even briefly in the past two weeks, you don’t need me to tell you that the volatile times have arrived, wearing sequins and singing show tunes. Hint: You can ...