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Satrix Momentum Index Fund

Those who support the momentum style of investing believe that rising shares tend to continue rising, and falling shares tend to continue falling. They seek to take advantage of these trends by quickly moving from one rising star to the next.

Fund Summary*

Satrix Momentum Index Fund

Launch Date: October 2013
Fund Size: R315.5 million
Benchmark: Proprietary Satrix Momentum Index
Time Horizon: 10 years +
*As at 31 October 2018
 
Risk Profile: Aggressive
Fund Classification: SA - Equity - General
Min Investment Amount: Lump sum: R10 000 | Monthly: R500
Total Expense Ratio (TER): 0.58%
Fees: View Fees
Launch Date: October 2013
Fund Size: R315.5 million
Benchmark: Proprietary Satrix Momentum Index
Time Horizon: 10 years +
Risk Profile: Aggressive
Fund Classification: SA - Equity - General
Min Investment Amount: Lump sum: R10 000 | Monthly: R500
Total Expense Ratio (TER): 0.58%
Fees: View Fees
*As at 31 October 2018

Fund Strategy

Momentum is defined for the index in terms of a composite of price momentum and earnings momentum as measured by analyst revisions. The index is reviewed monthly with cognizance given to the liquidity of individual counters and the turnover of the benchmark as a whole. The benchmark is also moderated in terms of sector and stock specific risks. The universe for selection of stocks to be included in the Satrix Momentum Index is all stocks on the JSE that meet the applicable liquidity screening requirements referred to in the calculation methodology, excluding listed property stocks.


Illustrative Cumulative Growth of an investment of R100

Performance

Annualised Total Return on a rolling monthly basis
(as at 31 October 2018)
Retail Class Fund (%) Benchmark (%)
1 year -11.81 -10.87
3 year 1.07 2.22
5 year 7.78 9.19
Since inception 7.78 9.19

Annualised return is the weighted average compound growth rate over the period measured
Highest and Lowest Annual Returns since inception
Highest Annual % 23.79
Lowest Annual % -11.81

Fund Factsheet

Cumulative Growth Over Time

Satrix Momentum Index Fund
Proprietary Satrix Momentum Index

Source of graph : Morningstar Direct

This graph illustrates how an investment of R100 would have grown had you invested for the time period displayed. Like everything in life, all investments can change and come with some degree of risk. That’s why we need this disclaimer, to tell you that past performances are not necessarily a guide to future performances, and that the value of investments/units/unit trusts may go down as well as up. The performance shown by this graph happened in the past and is not guaranteed. The performance is calculated by taking into account initial and ongoing fund manager fees and assumes that you reinvested all the income earned by the fund over this period.

The other line on the graph is for the performance of the designated benchmark of the fund – normally either an index or other funds in the industry that are comparable to the fund you’ve chosen.

The Manager has the right to close the portfolio to new investors in order to manage it more efficiently in accordance with its mandate. The actual fund performance can be viewed on the Minimum Disclosure Document. Annualised return is the weighted average compound growth rate over the period measured.

1. FirstRand / RMBH9.00%
2. Sasol8.26%
3. Naspers -N-7.09%
4. Stanbank5.79%
5. BHP Billiton5.15%
6. Bid Corporation Limited4.80%
7. Compagnie Fin Richemont4.71%
8. Bidvest4.28%
9. Mr Price Group Limited4.16%
10. Clicks Group Ltd4.10%
Cash and Money Market Assets
Equity Financials
Equity Telecommunications
Equity Consumer Services
Equity Consumer Goods
Equity Industrials
Equity Basic Materials
Equity Health Care
1. FirstRand / RMBH9.00%
2. Sasol8.26%
3. Naspers -N-7.09%
4. Stanbank5.79%
5. BHP Billiton5.15%
6. Bid Corporation Limited4.80%
7. Compagnie Fin Richemont4.71%
8. Bidvest4.28%
9. Mr Price Group Limited4.16%
10. Clicks Group Ltd4.10%
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All portfolios are managed and monitored by the Satrix investment team, a group of individuals highly skilled in portfolio management, quantitative research, risk management and portfolio solutions. The Satrix team offers unparalleled experience in efficiently managing index-tracking portfolios. Under leadership of CIO Kingsley Williams and its head of Portfolio Management, Johann Hugo, the team manages index tracking assets in excess of R70 billion.

All portfolios are managed and monitored by the Satrix investment team, a group of individuals highly skilled in portfolio management, quantitative research, risk management and portfolio solutions. The Satrix team offers unparalleled experience in efficiently managing index-tracking portfolios. Under leadership of CIO Kingsley Williams and its head of Portfolio Management, Johann Hugo, the team manages index tracking assets in excess of R70 billion.

Traditional Investing (when you invest via a financial adviser or other)

A1-Class (%)

Advice initial fee (max.) N/A
Manager initial fee N/A
Advice annual fee (max.) 1.14%
Manager annual fee 0.52%
Total Expense Ratio (TER) 0.59%
Transaction Cost (TC) 0.69%

Advice fee

Any advice fee is negotiable between the client and their financial adviser. An annual advice fee negotiated is paid via a repurchase of units from the investor.

Total Expense Ratio (TER)

This is the percentage of the value of the Financial Product that was incurred as expenses relating to the administration of the Financial Product. A higher TER does not necessarily imply a poor return, nor does a low TER imply a good return. The current TER may not necessarily be an accurate indication of future TER’s.

Transaction Cost (TC)

This is the percentage of the value of the Financial Product that was incurred as costs relating to the buying and selling of the assets underlying the Financial Product. Transaction Costs are a necessary cost in administering the Financial Product and impacts Financial Product returns. It should not be considered in isolation as returns may be impacted by many other factors over time including market returns, the type of Financial Product, the investment decisions of the investment manager and the TER.

Total Investment Charges (TER + TC)

This is the percentage of the value of the Financial Product that was incurred as costs relating to the investment of the Financial Product.

For more detail please view the fund factsheet

Satrix is a South African ETF pioneer and caused a shake-up in the SA investment space when it introduced the country to ETFs in 2000 by launching the first ETF listed on the JSE. The Satrix TOP 40 ETF needs no introduction and serves as the go-to broad market exposure investment option for professional and amateur investors alike. So transformative have the Satrix product set and access options been to South Africans that people often (erroneously) refer to all index trackers as Satrix.

Since 2000 Satrix has listed 12 more ETFs. In fact, in 2017 alone it added a property ETF, an inflation-linked bond ETF, a Quality factor ETF and three offshore ETFs to its range. You can now build a completely diversified portfolio of local asset classes using only low-cost Satrix ETFs.

To make investing ever easier and cheaper (and online) we started working with the ground-breaking team at EasyEquities. The low-cost, no-minimum, online platform they had developed, which allowed fractional share trading, is perfect for our clients too. In no time at all we had our very own www.SatrixNOW.co.za platform up and running, which allows you to do everything online with no annual fees and extremely low trading costs. With SatrixNOW there really are no excuses as you can invest as little as R10.

Macro review

In the US, consumer confidence remained strong and retail sales data suggested a rebound in consumption from a softer Q1. The unemployment rate also reached an 18-year low of 3.8%, accompanied by robust wage growth. As expected, the Federal Reserve (Fed) raised the target for the federal funds rate by 0.25% and marginally increased its 2018 forecasts for growth and inflation. The positive economic data were, however, balanced by moves from the Trump administration to impose tariffs on Chinese imports and withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord.

In the Eurozone, the quarter was marked by the return of political risk. There were concerns that Italy could need fresh elections following the inconclusive outcome of the March vote, while Spain also saw a change of government, although this was largely greeted with calm by markets. German Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed with sister party the CSU over immigration policy. Economic data pointed to steady growth but at a slower pace than last year, as GDP growth for Q1 was 0.4%, down from 0.7% in Q4 2017. However, the flash Eurozone composite purchasing managers’ index for June came in at 54.8, an improvement on the 18-month low of 54.1 seen in May. The European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it expects to end its quantitative easing programme in December 2018.

Emerging markets (EM) saw an escalation in global trade tensions which also contributed to risk aversion as US-China trade talks failed to deliver a sustainable agreement. Brazil experienced a truck driver strike which paralysed the economy and amplified political uncertainty. Turkey saw currency weakness which forced the central bank to implement an emergency rate hike in May. China observed concerns over growth which contributed to Yuan weakness. Signs of slowing momentum in the domestic economy were exacerbated by deterioration in the outlook for global trade.

Global and local market review

Global developed market equities made gains in a volatile Q2, as resilient economic and earnings data vied with an unsettling geopolitical backdrop to establish the market’s direction. The MSCI World Index posted a positive Dollar total return of 1.9% (-1.2% for Q1), outperforming the MSCI EM Index (-7.9% in Q2 vs +1.5% in Q1). In the US, equities advanced in Q2 with the S&P 500 gaining 3.4% in Dollars, with positive earnings momentum and supportive economic data ultimately outshining escalating US-China trade posturing. Eurozone equities also posted positive returns in Q2. In EMs, equities recorded a sharp fall with US Dollar strength a significant headwind. Worst performing countries were Brazil (-26.4%), Turkey (- 25.7%) and Hungary (-14.4%), while the only countries to post positive returns were Colombia (+6.8%) and Qatar (+3.5%).

The SA equity market started June on a strong note, reaching a month-to-date total return of 4.2% by 14 June before reversing this to post a loss of 1.5% by 26 June. The FTSE/JSE All Share Index recovered on the last day of trade to record a June total return of 2.8%. Large caps returned 3.8%, while mid-caps and small caps lost 2.1% and 3.3% respectively. On a sector level, SA Resources was the best performer returning a solid 19.6% (Q1: -3.8%). SA Industrials returned 4% (Q1: -8%) while SA Financials lost 6% (Q1: -3.6%).

Portfolio performance, attribution and strategy

Global trade uncertainties and other geopolitical risks weighed heavily on investor minds over the prior quarter. This resulted in a clear ‘risk-off’ performance of global styles. While Low Risk, and in particular Low Beta, were the best performing factors, the cyclical factors such as Momentum and Growth did not completely roll over and instead only suffered from some mild rotation and profit-taking.

In South Africa, there was large consistency with global outcomes, where we saw factor reversals as the cyclical Price Momentum factor underperformed. What was interesting, however, was how Earnings Momentum (a sub-component of headline Momentum) and Price Momentum exhibited divergent performances over the quarter. As opposed to Price Momentum, Earnings Revisions came alive in Q2, as investors gravitated towards companies with positive earnings sentiment. This could be seen as investors viewing Earnings Revisions as a more defensive component, which is aligned to how we utilise this factor in our overall Momentum strategy.

As an overall factor, however, the Momentum strategy struggled during Q2 2018 relative to the FTSE/JSE Shareholder Weighted Index (Swix). The strategy’s positive contributions to performance was largely attributed to off-benchmark stocks, of which the stocks it held in the portfolio included Naspers (NPN), Clicks (CLS) and Richemont (CFR). Stocks which added value that the portfolio did not hold included Barclays Group Africa (BGA), Vodacom (VOD) and Shoprite (SHP). In terms of underperformance contributors, these included overweight positions in in Harmony (HAR), Mr Price (MPC), Barloworld (BAW), Dis-Chem (DCP) and an underweight position in Sasol (SOL).

At the last rebalance date (mid-June), we transitioned the portfolio based on the evaluation of new factor signals and the risk levels in the portfolio. Based on these signals, only Massmart (MSM) was removed, whereas exposures to Harmony (HAR) and Dis-Chem (DCP) were cut due to their waning strength of momentum signal. On the positive side, we added BHP Billiton (BIL) based on its current strong signal, and also increased allocations to Anglo American (AGL), all in line with the risk objective of the fund.

We remain convinced of the factor’s medium- to long-term significance and the premium it offers in the South African capital market and remain disciplined in our implementation and extraction of the factor.

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