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The Intellidex Core ETF Portfolio


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The Intellidex Core ETF Portfolio

Adequate diversification is still key in the times ahead as volatility is expected. Globally, our core equity and bond holdings remain the following: Satrix MSCI World ETF; Satrix MSCI Emerging ETF; FirstRand US Dollar Custodian Certificate; and CoreShares S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats.

Locally, we prefer defensive strategies: NewFunds Volatility Managed Defensive/Moderate/High Growth Equity ETFs; CoreShares South Africa Dividend Aristocrats ETF; and NewFunds TRACI 3 Month.

Core-satellite strategy

As part of the international core holdings, an allocation to Satrix MSCI China ETF may be useful for diversification purposes. Our internal research shows that the Shanghai composite index exhibits low correlation with other equity markets. In addition, exposure to a quickly recovering Chinese economy will boost the overall portfolio.

Locally, we think that an allocation to SA’s cheap banking shares may be useful in our recovery scenario. An uptick in economic activity combined with positive news related to a Covid-19 vaccine towards year-end would send SA share prices higher. Importantly, this catalyst would be one that is independent of our own doing – it does not depend on our politicians!

The JSE-listed Satrix FINI ETF provides financial sector exposure and is dominated by weightings in SA’s listed banks.

Commodities Portfolio completion

Gold and some platinum group metals (PGMs – platinum, palladium and rhodium) have performed strongly YTD, with rhodium being the best at 101.3%. We believe that the prospect of interest rates being lower for longer may continue to support the gold price. Platinum has been the worst performer of the PGMs, down 4.2% YTD.

However, with palladium having soared on stronger demand due to tighter emissions regulations in the automotive industry, a recovery in platinum may ensue given the vast price difference between the two metals. Both are used mainly in the automotive industry and one can be used as a substitute for the other. Importantly, palladium is a by-product of other PGMs in the mining process.

Final thoughts

Recent rand strength may present an opportunity to increase offshore investment allocations at a cheaper cost. Given the higher chance of better fortunes offshore, rand weakness may return – bolstering offshore investment performance.


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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 EasyEquities 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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