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NAV on 2019/07/22
NAV on 2019/07/19 1382.06
52 week high on 2018/08/28 1482.24
52 week low on 2018/10/23 1290.84
Total Expense Ratio on 2019/03/31 0.55
Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2019/03/31 0
NAV Incl Dividends
1 month change -3.42% -1.61%
3 month change -3.56% -1.76%
6 month change 1.01% 2.9%
1 year change -1.24% 2.33%
5 year change -3.12% 0.31%
10 year change 0% 0%
Price data is updated once a day.
  • Sectoral allocations
Basic Materials 46.76 22.55%
Consumer Goods 15.13 7.30%
Consumer Services 41.18 19.86%
Financials 72.89 35.15%
Health Care 5.14 2.48%
Industrials 10.22 4.93%
Liquid Assets 0.86 0.42%
Technology 5.13 2.47%
Telecommunications 10.09 4.86%
  • Top five holdings
 ANGGOLD 5.53 2.67%
 MC GROUP 5.41 2.61%
 AMPLATS 5.34 2.58%
 ANGLO 5.30 2.56%
 ABSA 5.29 2.55%
  • Performance against peers
  • Fund data  
Management company:
Satrix Managers (Pty) Ltd.
Formation date:
ISIN code:
Short name:
South African--Equity--Large Cap
FTSE/JSE Equally Weighted Top 40 Index (J110) (gross of fees)
Contact details




  • Fund management  
Helena Conradie
Satrix Investment Team

  • Fund manager's comment

Satrix Equally Weighted Top 40 Index Fund -Mar 19

2019/06/10 00:00:00
Global Markets
MSCI developed markets experienced an exceptional quarter with a US Dollar return of 12.5%, outperforming emerging markets, which in turn also realised good absolute numbers of 9.9% year to date. After experiencing their worst December since 1931, global stocks posted their best January since 1987 and global equities had their second-best quarter on record. But the rally wasnft plain sailing with economic data releases surprising on the downside. Global growth is trending around the 3% mark, but the key question remains whether global growth has indeed bottomed at around trend levels.
The temporary ceasefire in the trade war and the postponement of the 25% tariff rate have provided the markets with some relief. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) joined the party with some dovish comments and markets now expect the Fed to cut rates both this year and the next, with only a modest rise in the US 10-year bond rate being anticipated. Finally, lower volatility provided a more favourable environment for risky assets.
Despite the S&P 500 Index posting its best start of the year in a decade, the inversion of the US yield curve at the end of the quarter put a damper on the initial bullish mood with concerns of a recession looming. The Fed will be using interest rates to target inflation, but Fed Chair Jerome Powell mentioned that the US was not at the neutral rate providing optimism that future hikes will be delayed. The Fed has effectively paused the federal funds rate at 2.5%, which is below the neutral level of 3%. This provided a boost to risk assets and weakened the greenback temporarily.
However, the possibility of a no-deal Brexit is also in the balance with another extension expected beyond the crucial 2 April vote. There is an increasing possibility that Britain will go for the customs union route (a so-called esoftf Brexit), but there remains the possibility of a referendum and an early election.
The Chinese economy continues to experience a soft landing with growth expected to be in the 6.0-6.5% p.a. range in the year to come, the slowest growth rate in three decades. The Chinese are stimulating their economy further with tax cuts . the latest measure to be implemented . and at the end of March the manufacturing PMI surprised on the upside with the biggest month-on-month increase since 2012.
Some key risk that remains for 2019 is that the tailwind of quantitative easing is turning into the headwind of quantitative tapering. Net purchases by central banks were running at $23 billion per month and could turn negative this year, especially in the case of the Fed. This is likely to add to the uncertainty and volatility during the course of the year. While inflation in the developed world remains contained with US inflation below 2.5% p.a., the pickup in wage growth is a concern (from 1.5% to 2.5% p.a.) in the US. But it is noteworthy that there is no inflation pressure in Europe and Japan.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is forecasting a slowdown in the US this year with the rest of world growth stabilising. The risk remains that the Fed may still tighten rates further. However, the risk of a recession remains low in our opinion.
Local Markets
In the past decade economic growth has been hampered structurally by poor productivity. The SA Reserve Bank (SARB) leading indicator has started pointing downwards due to low manufacturing confidence and orders. Manufacturing confidence and orders have remained low for 10 years with the latest data showinga deepening contraction. We expect, nonetheless, a mild recovery from the GDP shock suffered in the first half of 2018, which is partly linked to weakening terms of trade and a weaker exchange rate (PPP Rand/Dollar being closer to 13) to shift our growth rate back towards a tepid 1.4% run rate (structurally we remain stuck below 2%).
South Africa is experiencing a steep yield curve, which would suggest that the economy should be improving. But the poor fiscal position has meant that the government has crowded out the private sector. This, in part, explains the low rate of credit growth at a sub-par 6% p.a. South Africa needs the private sector to invest but the return on investment remains too low. We do, however, expect a rebound in agricultural production to boost growth.
A key risk remains Eskom with the electricity availability factor dropping to 65% at the beginning of the year, leading to stage four load shedding. This has already negatively impacted manufacturing output. In the National Budget government committed to provide some R69 billion of support to Eskom over the next three years, partly allaying short-term fears given its balance sheet hole of some R200 billion.
At the end of the quarter, Moody's also gave us a stay of execution postponing the release of its credit review until after the elections.
The JSE had a solid quarter with the FTSE/JSE Capped Shareholder Weighted Index (Capped SWIX) posting a return of about 3.85% (FTSE/JSE All Share Index (ALSI) return 7.97%) for the quarter, but is still staying in negative territory for the past 12 months. The market has rewarded businesses that have been stable and focused on organic growth while businesses that have been acquisitive and laden with debt have been punished. We are in an environment where there is a serious risk that liquidity will be withdrawn by central banks. Businesses which were very acquisitive and funded these acquisitions with debt have been at the mercy of the economic slowdown, which contributed to poor returns.
On a sectoral basis resources stocks were the stars of the JSE once again, up close to 18% this quarter. Platinum stocks continued to shine bright, up close to 50% aided by rising basket prices and the benefit of good cost management over the past few years. Financial stocks were flat this quarter with credit growth being very weak and corporate credit growth dipping below household credit growth for the first time in almost a decade. Industrial stocks posted solid returns, up close to 9% this quarter, a welcome difference to the recent past.
Fund performance
During the first quarter of 2019, the FTSE/JSE Equally Weighted Top 40 Index realised a return of -0.19%, underperforming the FTSE/JSE Top 40 Index returns by a very wide margin. The major detractor from relative underperformance for the quarter was mainly attributable to the underweight positions in large market capitalisation shares such as Naspers (NPN), BHP Group (BHP) and Richemont (CFR), which all outperformed the market by quite a margin over the quarter. Overweight positions in Aspen Pharmacare (APN) and Sappi (SAP) also detracted from performance.
During the March quarterly index rebalance Anglo American Platinum (AMS) and Gold Fields (GFI) were added to the FTSE/JSE Equally Weighted Top 40 Index, replacing Life Healthcare Group (LHC) and Reinet Investments (RNI). All the shares in the portfolio were also rebalanced back to 2.5% of the benchmark. The one-way churn in the index was about 8.6%.
Despite a poor economic backdrop and populist rhetoric ahead of the elections, the JSE posted solid returns after a poor 2018. Patient investors will know that the best investments are made when sentiment is bearish. The JSE is trading on a forward P/E of 13x and an attractive forward dividend yield of close to 4%.
  • Fund focus and objective  
The investment objective of this index tracker portfolio will be to focus on capital growth and achieving a compound annual return which will equate to the total compound annual return of the FTSE/JSE Equally Weighted Top 40 Index (J110) as adjusted to take into account transactions and other costs, and to comply with statutory requirements. Income generation will not be an objective of this portfolio.
The Manager shall seek to achieve this objective by investing in assets in liquid form and securities that will consist of a selection of financially sound ordinary shares, to be acquired at fair market price, as included in the FTSE/JSE Equally Weighted Top 40 Index at proportions so determined as to best replicate the performance of the FTSE/JSE Equally Weighted Top 40 Index. This portfolio will be fully invested in equities subject to statutory investment limitations.The combination of shares will enable the investment manager to track the performance of the FTSE/JSE Equally Weighted Top 40 Index. This index comprises 40 shares in equal weightings of 2,5% each. When investing in derivatives, the Manager will adhere to prevailing derivative regulations. The Manager will be permitted to hold offshore investments as legislation permits. This will be applicable in cases where the portfolio is exposed to a corporate event resulting in a share being inward listed where such share forms part of the FTSE/JSE Equally Weighted Top 40 Index.
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