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ETF: Understanding the NewFunds Momentum Equity ETF

Kristia van Heerden ETF Blog, Latest

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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Podcast: Everything collapsing, even gold

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Simon Shares Sasol (JSE code: SOL) is now talking a rights issue of some US$2billion, more than the current market cap. They hope to be able to avoid this by selling assets, finding a partner for Lake Charles and cutting costs. But the first two will be near impossible in the current climate, so expect ...
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ETF: Do volatility managed ETFs work in volatile times?

Kristia van Heerden ETF Blog, Latest

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 ...
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ETF: Understanding the 1nvest Global Bond ETF

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With the stellar performance of the US stock market over the past few years, investors are starting to feel jittery about just how long a good thing can last. If all your profits are making you nervous, lucky you! At this point you might be thinking about moving some of those profits into a safer ...
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ETF: Understanding SWIX ETFs

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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 ...