Asked on 12 Jul 2020
In short, the key differences between the two STI ETFs are in their:
You may wish to refer to the table below for a comparison:
There are different opinions as to whether one should invest in the STI ETF, so it is really up to your preference. If you would like to start local, the STI ETF is a good place to begin as you get immediate exposure to Singapore's top 30 companies. Seeing company names that you are familiar with and keeping up with the local news may be easier for you as you kickstart your investment journey.
However, many have also said to avoid the STI ETF because of its underperformance in its history. There is also an overweight focus on local banks and financial institutions, where DBS, OCBC and UOB account for 37.9% of the STI.
Seedly has written an article to cover both the SPDR and NikkoAM STI ETF previously. You can check it out here!
The analytical approach is to gather all the important attributes that you look for before investing an ETF, Gather all the historical data, analyse them and compare them side to side. I look at how the price, dividends, fund size have trended since inception. I also calculate the probabilities to make/lose money and the average positive and negative returns in various time horizons. Lastly, I score these attributes in a checklist.
I have done up the charts and checklists for SPDR STI ETF and NIKKO AM STI ETF. You can get them at https://dl.orangedox.com/fund-analysis-pdfs
NIKKO AM SINGAPORE STI ETF (DBSSTI SP Equity)_update_120720
SPDR STRAITS TIMES INDEX ETF (STTF SP Equity)_update_120720
Hope it helps.
Try to avoid any STI investing from the start.
You can see why in one of the charts given in my text here:
The STI has a very bad longterm performance (exception: the dividends).
As a beginner try to invest into a large & cheap MSCI World or MSCI ACWI
If You wanted to invest into Singapore, a small part (maximum 20%) could be put into one of the 3 Singapore S-REIT ETFs, with the Lion-Phillip S-REIT ETF
having the highest focus on true Singapore REIT allocation.
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17 Jul 2020