Intellidex top ETF picks for May 2017

Posted by Intellidex

May 9, 2017 3:08:09 PM

This week we update our list of favourite exchange traded funds (ETFs), taking into account both the performance of investment markets and new developments in the ETF market during April.

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Topics: Investment Research, ETFs, EFT Tuesday


Intellidex top ETF picks for April 2017

Posted by Intellidex

Apr 4, 2017 2:09:02 PM

We review the list of Intellidex’s favourite exchange traded funds (ETFs), taking into account market developments during the month of March.

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Topics: Investment Research, ETFs, EFT Tuesday


Intellidex top ETF picks for March 2017

Posted by Intellidex

Mar 8, 2017 10:12:40 AM

 

Every month Intellidex updates the list of its preferred Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) based on economic developments as well as new innovations in the ETF market. We take a long term view on these funds and we make changes to our preferred list from time to time if we believe there are fundamental shifts that may change the course of a fund’s performance. We think that costs are critical to long-term returns, so we tend to prefer funds that a lower total expense ratio than others in the market, though there are exceptions where funds deliver a particular investment strategy that is expensive to implement.

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Topics: Investment Research, ETFs, EFT Tuesday


Intellidex reviews: db x-trackers Euro Stoxx 50 Index ETF

Posted by Intellidex

Jan 24, 2017 4:36:43 PM

ETF ANALYSIS

db x-trackers Euro Stoxx 50 Index ETF

Performance review

This ETF is popular for its rand hedge properties which were magnified at the end of 2015 when the rand hit its worst level in history against major currencies. However, the rand has since shown some resilience in the face of increasing uncertainty in Europe and a recovery in commodity prices. The fund normally derives a significant part of its return from the rand’s performance against the euro. But for the year to end-December 2016, the fund in rand terms made a loss of 13.7% – while the underlying Euro Stoxx index in euro terms made a positive return of 0.7%. The bulk of the loss therefore emanated from rand’s strengthening against the euro (or euro weakening against the rand): the euro lost more than 14% against the rand (shown on table below).

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Topics: Investment Research, ETFs, EFT Tuesday


Intellidex top ETF picks for Jan 2017

Posted by Intellidex

Jan 17, 2017 3:57:32 PM

2016 was a bad year for ETF investors as all the major indices failed to produce decent returns. The top 40, one the most popular indices on the JSE, ended the year 1.83% lower than it was at the beginning of the year. The all share index, which includes all listed stocks, delivered a measly 2.4% return. Even the offshore ETFs, which have traditionally been regarded as safe havens in uncertain times, disappointed as they all registered negative growth.

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Topics: Investment Research, ETFs, EFT Tuesday


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