Satrix has topped 10-year performance rankings to September for index-tracking products, a study finds. Satrix’s Indi 25 exchange traded fund (ETF), which tracks the 25 largest JSE-listed industrial companies by market value, delivered annual returns of 16.27% in the 10 years to September 29, according to etfSA’s monthly survey for index-tracking products. Two listed property tracking funds followed, the Prudential Enhanced Property Tracker Fund, a unit trust index tracker that delivered per annum performance of 13.96% over the period and the Coreshares PropTrax SAPY, which delivered annual returns of 13.11% tracking the largest listed property stocks. Absa’s NewGold ETF, which tracks the rand price of gold, came fourth at an annual return of 12.33%. Index-tracking funds, or so-called "passives", have grown rapidly in SA in the past five years, driven primarily by retail investors. Relatively new kids on the block, illustrated by the fact that a number do not have performance data g...

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