Intellidex 2019 reviews: Satrix Capped INDI ETF

Catch this insight by Intellidex on the Satrix Capped INDI ETF. The Satrix Capped INDI ETF exposes the investor to industrial stocks, one of three broad JSE sector classifications. This ETF is suitable in  a portfolio building block for long term investors in a well diversified portfolio

Intellidex insight: The Satrix Capped INDI ETF exposes the investor to industrial stocks, one of three broad JSE sector classifications. The other two sectors are financials and resources. Satrix Capped INDI ETF invests in the universe of the 25 biggest industrial stocks. The fund tracks a market-weighted capped index which limits exposure in each constituent to not more than 30%. The capping is meant to reduce concentration risk, but the funds remains overweight in certain counters such as Naspers. However, the attraction of a market-weighted methodology is that it reflects market performance. Also, the fund is self-rebalancing as weight of a stock in the index changes with the price performance.

Satrix Capped INDI ETF has consistently outperformed its closest peer, the NewFunds S&P GIVI SA Industrial 25 ETF which utilises a non-conventional weighting methodology. This vindicates the traditional approach to fund indexation which typically relies on market capitalisation weighting.

Fund description:The Satrix Capped ETF tracks the price performance of FTSE/JSE Capped Indi 25 Index. Constituents are capped at 30% of the fund size.

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Satrix Capped INDI ETF 


Top holdings: The top 10 constituents make up 80.9% of the overall fund. And the two biggest holding, Naspers and Richmond, constitutes 52%. This significantly reduces diversification benefits and poses sizeable capital loss risks should both
companies’ share prices drop.

Satrix Indi Top Holdings

Suitability:The ETF can be used as a portfolio building block by long term investors in a well diversified portfolio. The fund can also be utilised speculatively, in a core-satellite strategy depending on the investor’s shorter-term industrial sector outlook.

Historical performance:The ETF’s fared well in the one-year return. While the moderate time-horizon returns (3- to 5-years) returns saw relatively meagre growth, it was no more than 4.15%.

Satrix Indi Historical performance

Fundamentals: Given is the fund’s industrial theme, it has elevated risk due to limited sectoral diversification. However, the fund has decent geographical diversification generating income both domestically and offshore. In SA, the short-term outlook is poor due to poor economic growth prospects. However, its offshore exposure should provide a buffer given the recent warming of trade relations between the US and China.

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Satrix Capped INDI ETF

Fund statistics:

Satrix Indi Fund statistics

Alternatives: NewFunds S&P G Govi SA industrial 25 ETF with total expense ratio of 0.35%.

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Satrix Capped INDI ETF  Fact Sheet

satrix Indi fact fund sheet

Background: Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are passively managed investment funds that track the performance of a basket of pre-determined assets. They are traded the same way as shares and the main difference is that whereas one share gives exposure to one company, an ETF gives exposure to numerous companies in a single transaction. ETFs can be traded through your broker in the same way as shares, say, on the Easy Equities platform. In addition, they qualify for the tax-free savings account, where both capital and income gains accumulate tax free.

Benefits of ETFs

  • Gain instant exposure to various underlying shares or bonds in one transaction
  • They diversify risk because a single ETF holds various shares
  • They are cost-effective
  • They are liquid – it is usually easy to find a buyer or seller and they trade just like shares
  • High transparency through daily published index constituents


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