NAV on 2019/09/12
|NAV on 2019/09/11
|52 week high on 2018/11/07
|52 week low on 2019/09/02
|Total Expense Ratio on 2019/06/30
|Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2019/06/30
STANLIB Collective Investments (RF) Limited
South African--Real Estate--General
FTSE/JSE Africa SA Listed Property Index
After beginning his career as a financial accountant in the employee benefits industry, Ryan joined STANLIB Asset Management in their Institutional Pricing team in 2008. He got experience in the Offshore Trades Processing team from 2010, before moving on to Alternative Investments as market maker for the ETFs and executing trades for the index-tracking funds, as well as assistance with portfolio management. He was appointed a Portfolio Manager in 2017. Ryan has a BCom in Taxation degree, is a JSE Registered Securities Trader, as well as a Registered Bond Trader and has been awarded a MBA from Wits Business School.
STANLIB SA Property ETF - Jun 19
The fund has performed in-line with its benchmark over the quarter. The last FTSE/JSE rebalance saw no changes in constituents, but changes to shares in issue and free-float. The fund benefitted from its exposure to Fortress REIT A, which returned 16.9%, together with Resilient and Investec Australia Property Fund, which were the other top performers. However, exposure to the SA Corporate Real Estate Fund, Attacq Limited and Redefine Properties detracted from performance, as these were the three worst performers. The SA Corporate Real Estate Fund returned -14.3% over the quarter.
In the second quarter of 2019, equity markets continued to shrug off any negative sentiment arising from the second half of 2018. The majority of equity markets across the globe recorded strong positive returns in the first half of 2019, with the MSCI World Index recording 15.6%, MSCI Emerging Markets recording 9.2% and the South African equity market as represented by FTSE/JSE Shareholder Weighted Index recording 9%. Global growth continues at a slower pace with many of the major economies progressing to later stages of the business cycle. The less hawkish Fed and the pause in trade wars provided some relief for financial conditions but the era of easy money has shifted towards gradual tightening of monetary policy. Locally, Cyril Ramaphosa led the ANC to a win in the national elections promising tighter reforms and improved governance at struggling state owned entities. But, weak first quarter GDP dominated post-election headlines. Locally, domestic asset classes such as bonds (ALBI), property (PCAP) and cash (STeFi) recorded gains of 3.7%, 4.5% and 1.8% respectively.
Against the backdrop of slowing global economic growth, pause in trade war and a less hawkish Fed, there is potential for some relief to the financial markets. But if trade uncertainty continues posing a significant drag on business and consumer confidence, we expect risk aversion will rise as the ability of developed markets and vulnerable emerging economies to weather the impact of trade wars remains uncertain. Additionally, emerging economies with sizeable dollar debts and fiscal deficits may struggle.
After more than two years of steadily rising interest rates, 2019 could mark the peak for US treasury yields for the current business cycle, however the road ahead is likely to remain bumpy. Locally, uncertainty will remain high until the government provides evidence that SA’s economic policy and reforms are heading in the right direction for future growth. We believe investors should focus on liquid markets segments with risk dialled down compared with market benchmarks.
The commentary gives the views of the portfolio manager at the time of writing. Any forecasts or commentary included in this document are not guaranteed to occur.
The aim of the portfolio is to provide returns linked to the performance of the SA Listed Property Index ('the Index') in terms of both price performance as well as income from the component securities of the index. The portfolio will aim to track the performance of the index. In order to achieve the abovementioned objective, the portfolio will generally invest in all of the component securities of the Index in proportion to their weighting in the Index and will under normal circumstances aim to invest at least 90% of its total assets in the shares, or equivalent securities, composing the Index. However, due to various factors, including the costs and expenses involved as well as illiquidity of securities, it may not be possible or practicable to purchase the entire component securities in their weightings or purchase them at all. In such event, the Investment Adviser may use quantitative techniques to hold a representative sample of the Index. Such techniques involve considering the inclusion of each security based on its investment characteristics, fundamental characteristics and liquidity. In no event will the portfolio be managed according to the traditional approach of active investment management, rather a passive approach will be applied. The portfolio may hold liquid assets on an ancillary basis. The portfolio aims to hold component securities in the Index so that the weighting of each security it holds does not diverge substantially from the weighting of that component in the Index. The portfolio will not exercise any voting rights in respect of constituent securities.