Changes to bond ETFs - Just One Lap


Two of the more popular local bond ETFs have changed from total return to paying out the distributions.

Total return is when any distribution (dividend or interest) is reinvested automatically by the issuer and instead of receiving the payout, each unit increases in value instead.

Payout eans holders will receive the full payout in cash in their investment account.

STXGOV by Satrix

The change is effective with the distribution announced on 26 July to be paid out in August.

Distributions will be quarterly paid in May, July (late July or early August), November and February.

NFGOVI by Absa NewFunds

The change went into effect in April.

Distributions will be quarterly paid in May, July (late July or early August), November and February.

Our thoughts

While we prefer the RSA Retail Savings Bonds for local bond exposure (if you buy in primary market and hold until maturity you get your capital back plus guaranteed yield), but you can’t include these savings bonds in tax-free accounts. So certainly these two ETFs have a place in a portfolio.

That said, I do like the distributions being paid out as dividends and income. Reinvesting distributions is great in theory, but it becomes a tax admin nightmare.


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