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  1. I don't know if "bad idea" would describe investing in both, but it is certainly not the most efficient. Firstly, your fees will be duplicated, and secondly, basically ASHGEQ is almost the same as STXWDM plus additional exposure to emerging markets (ie. China, Japan, Asia, South America and Australia). Doing both kind of defeats the object as you are basically then simply cutting the emerging market exposure portion of ASHGEQ in half, which defeats the whole point of going ASHGEQ in the first place. There is an excellent article on Simon Brown's JustOneLap that I would highly recom
  2. If I were to choose just one ETF to invest in, without a doubt in my mind, it would be the Ashburton Global 1200 Equity ETF (ASHGEQ). If I had to choose just one, I would never go country specific like US or Japan - this just has too much concentration risk - get a bad president or a war in that country and might just lose all your money - I'd definitely go for a world index. Therefore, from your list, I'd immediately disqualify SYGJP and SYGUS. From the two world ETFs on your list, both STXWDM and SYGWD track the same index but Sygnia charges double the fees. Therefore
  3. Yes, it's not as great as usual... Here are the dividends for the past five years for PTXTEN:
  4. Your timing is impeccable! PTXTEN usually declares their 3rd quarter dividend on or around 4 October, to be paid out in the middle of the month. So you can expect a nice bonus from the ETF later in the month! In fact, I've received over R1000 dividends from PTXTEN already in my TFIA this year,. It's a lovely feeling seeing that much money just suddenly appear in your account out of nowhere!
  5. I love my PTXTEN ETF! The dividends are fantastic at 9.4% per annum (currently), and with the new changes, I'm hoping for excellent growth as well. I wouldn't be surprised in this one gives the best total return of all over the next few years. Plus, it has never been this cheap to invest in property! On top of that, the massive dividends are completely tax free, making this particular ETF one of the best ETFs on the market in terms of tax savings. GLODIV is a really nice ETF too, but i think it is better outside of a TFIA as the foreign dividends are not tax exempt. If it were up
  6. Hi janvdwest I'm not a tax expert, but the way I understand the tax on trading is as follows: When buying or selling a share, you first pay brokerage and Strate fees (which are not taxes), and VAT is levied on these costs. The first direct tax you pay is the securities transfer tax of 0.25% which is levied on every transfer of a security. When you sell a share at a higher price that you bought it for, only the profit is considered to be capital gains (not the whole proceeds of the sale). The first R40,000 of capital gains you make per year is ex
  7. Even though it's only until 20 September, most of them on that list will probably do it for you for free anytime. It's how many conveyancers get new clients
  8. Coincidentally, this week is National Wills Week (or "Free will" week) at many participating attorneys in South Africa. A list of participating attorneys who will do your will for free can be found on the website of the "Law Society of South Africa" https://www.lssa.org.za/our-initiatives/advocacy/national-wills-week But many other attorneys who didn't send their names through will still do it for you.
  9. No - basically the executor will consolidate your estate (ie. he/she will get an attorney to search for all your accounts and policies using your ID number) and will combine these into a trust account. Then your will will say how to divide the total. No need to specify details. You can usually just say "30% to X and 70% to Y" unless, of course, you have personal items that you want to go to someone in particular, then you can specify those. Many attorneys (conveyancers in particular) will actually do a will for free without expecting anything in return. They may just suggest that "
  10. The problem with banks or professionals is that they do your will for free, but then they make themselves the executor of the estate and take a hefty chunk of your estate after you die. Much better to pay an attorney a once-off fee for doing the will (it's usually about R1000 at most) and then make two trusted family members the executors. Then everything goes to the beneficiaries - the way it should be, with no fees for administering the will.
  11. Yes, 25% of my own TFIA account is PTXTEN. Of course, this only applies to local property, as foreign property ETFs (such as GLPROP) have almost no tax savings (other than capital gains). My GLPROP is outside my TFIA at the moment. As you have suggested, it's still prudent to be diversified elsewhere. Pretty much, for me, my local ETFs are in my TFIA and my foreign ones outside of it.
  12. That is 100% correct. In decreasing order of tax benefit within a TFIA: Local property ETFs Main source of income: 1. Interest: Tax Free 2. Dividends: Tax Free 3. Capital Gains: Tax Free Tax savings: Very High Local high-dividend, lower-growth equities ETFs Main source of income: 1. Dividends (large): Tax Free 2. Capital Gains: Tax Free Tax savings: High Local high-growth equities ETFs Main source of income: 1. Capital Gains: Tax Free 2. Dividends (small): Tax Free Tax savings: High Fore
  13. Timing the market is near impossible. The Rand could go up or down, and the index could go up or down. There are two trains of thought:- the momentum methodology (employed by ETFs like NFEMOM, for example) is based on the premise that shares that are going up strongly will continue to go up. The momentum methodology says now is an excellent time to buy. On the other hand, the value methodology (employed by ETFs like NFEVAL for example) say you should buy when prices are cheap. This methodology says you should wait. I personally do Dollar-cost averaging by bu
  14. For local ETFs, capital gains, distributions (dividends) and REIT income is tax free. For foreign ETFs, capital gains are tax free, but distributions (dividends) and REIT income is taxed by that country, so the only tax benefit to us within a TFIA is on capital gains. Thus, in order of tax benefits in a TFIA (from biggest to smallest): Local property ETFs have the biggest tax saving Local income ETFs (high dividends) Local equities Foreign equities Foreign income ETFs (high dividends) Foreign property ETFs have the lease tax benefit
  15. The 70% equities, 20% property and 10% interest bearing is the classic split. But yes, I suppose 10% dividends would make it 80% equities. But there's certainly nothing wrong with 80% equities! I'm torn between STX40 and SMART. I really like a 50/50 split between these two. PTXTEN is now merging with PTXSPY to create a new ETF (tentatively coming into effect from end July 2019). The new one is pretty much the same index as the Satrix STXPRO. Coreshares has promised to lower the relatively high TER with the merge (probably to compete with STXPRO). But you may a
  16. Regarding the mix between global and local shares, let's look at 1) three scenarios regarding the economy, and 2) your personal circumstances: Scenario 1: SA economy collapses: Offshore will do much better - you should have 100% offshore. Scenario 2: SA economy grows, but the Rand plummets: You should have a mix of local and offshore shares - offshore to take advantage of the exchange rate, and local shares because these should still outperform offshore shares due to higher growth. Scenario 3: SA economy grows and Rand does not plummet: Local shares should outperform offs
  17. I would recommend going for broad-based market exposure - not specialized or sector ETFs. For local exposure, my choice would be any one of the following: Satrix Top 40: STX40 (Pure market-cap top 40 index) Coreshares Capped Top 50: CTOP50 (Market-cap top 50 index but capped at 10% for any one share) Coreshares Smart Beta multi-factor: SMART (Smart Beta equally weighted over 6 factors) For offshore, I'd go for either: Satrix World MSCI: STXWDM (Well-diversified global exposure to developed markets) Ashburton Global 1200: ASHGEQ (We
  18. What a nightmare! The old SARS website was perfect. The new one just doesn't work. Firstly, it doesn't save the return correctly. If you save part of the form, it forgets what you've already done - it only saves the changes and forgets what you've done previously. Secondly, the "view calculation" doesn't work on any browser. Thirdly, the "Print" buttons are all broken. You get an error message after pressing print on anywhere on the website. There is no way to verify your calculations before submitting. After submitting, t
  19. I use Standard Bank Online Share Trading. They have the full house of everything you could wish for as a trader - from company research, expert analysis and opinions, fine-tunable stops, technical analysis, advanced graphing software etc. There admin fee is not cheap but it becomes free for the month if you make at least three trades in that month. Their cost structure is here: https://securities.standardbank.co.za/ost/ I use the Viewpoint Live Level 1 package and I'm extremely satisfied with it. (Remember that it's free after more than three trade
  20. Yes, firstly, don't overdo it with too many ETFs. Just pick a few core ones and stick with them. Otherwise you just end up with higher costs, duplication of stocks and possible over-exposure to certain stocks that is hard to control. Secondly, pick a good mix of local, international and property shares to spread your risk. If you want to stay with Satrix only, I'd recommend something like the following portfolio split: Satrix 40 (STX40) : 40% Satrix MSCI World (STXWDM) : 40% Satrix Property (STXPRO) : 20%
  21. I just recommended two books in a different thread, but I thought it might be a good idea to have a dedicated thread to discuss trading and investment books. I'll be back soon with book reviews on the ones I've read.
  22. I trade CFDs on the JSE but not Forex. Trading is not difficult, but it requires a fair amount of learning and training. If you're serious about getting started, I would highly recommend that you study/read two books in the following order: First study the book "How to make money on the stock exchange" by Ross Larter, which is a basic course in trading written by a South African for the South African stock exchange. This will give all the technical skills and knowledge you will need to get started. Then, when you're done with that one, read or listen to "Trading in the zone"
  23. So finally I've decided to start a thread dedicated to Motus. Motus listed on 22 November 2018. They used to be part of the Imperial Group, but split last year. Motus is now the official importer of Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi in South Africa and include these dealerships. They also run Tempest and Europcar car hire. As a new company, it's still hard to find detailed info on them, so I thought the thread would be a good idea. Their official website is here: https://www.motuscorp.co.za/
  24. I only do CFDs for resources, because they're cyclic so long term doesn't make sense for me with resources. But I've had CFDs in Anglo American Platinum (AMS) for about 3-4 months now. Best return I've ever made on a trade!
  25. Yeah, day before yesterday was last day for trading (LDT) for the dividend payment so there has been the usual post-dividend sell-off yesterday and today. Hopefully it'll start climbing from tomorrow again.
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