n finweek - Offshore funds – who will blossom in 2020? - cover story - investments

Volume 2019 Number 22
  • ISSN : 1812-4658


Investing offshore, a novelty a mere couple of years ago, is now within the reach of all South Africans who want to gain exposure to global stocks. Investors have a choice of thousands of listed offshore stocks. In order to benchmark the performance of global stocks, a widely used measure is the MSCI World Index. This gauge has 1 651 large and mid-cap constituents across 23 countries and returned 23.8% in dollar terms between the beginning of the year and 25 November. The FTSE/ JSE All Share Index returned 11.2% in rand terms for the same period. It seems that those investors having offshore exposure banked it this year. But that is in the past now. As one investment professional put it in the 15 August cover story: You can’t drive forward in your car while looking in the rear-view mirror.

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