FundEX 2016 speaker and Managing Director of ETFSA addresses the benefits of investing in exchange traded funds compared to unit trusts.
The significant flow of retail investment money into Unit Trusts that provide portfolios spread amongst different asset classes in South Africa in recent times has been phenomenal.  The total assets under management in multi-asset funds has increased from R352 million at 30 September 2012 to R541 million as at 30 June 2013, during which period, flows to other areas of the Unit Trust industry have stagnated.
However, there are increasing concerns being expressed in the industry and by investors about the relatively poor performance of such multi-asset funds and, in particular, about the high costs that are associated with these multi-management portfolios.
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Weighing up the benefits of exchange traded products