Satrix style tracker Q4 2017

What drove performance in Q4 2017?

| 26 January 2018


Despite some rotation which started in November (which can largely be explained by the usual year-end profit taking), globally the Momentum factor (particularly Price Momentum) led factor performances for 2017. In South Africa we’ve seen an alignment with global outcomes, as Price Momentum has been the strongest signal domestically for the 2017 and one of the strongest over the prior quarter.

Earnings revision (a sub-component of headline Momentum) on the other hand has not performed in-line with Price Momentum, delivering only mildly positive return spreads, as the quality of corporate earnings estimates was lacking.


After cooling down in Q3, Price to Book completely collapsed in Q4 as investors fled shares which offered deep value, and rather flocked to more defensive shares. For 2017, Price to Book became the worst performing factor after being the top factor during 2016!

The ‘flight-to-safety’ environment benefitted stocks with strong dividend yields, as investors could no longer ignore (as was the case in the first three quarters of 2017) the value of high-yielding shares given the Steinhoff news flow.


The Return on Equity factor experienced some inconsistency in performance over the first three quarters of 2017, but came back with a vengeance in Q4. In the wake of both the Steinhoff debacle, as well as the outcome of the ANC election concerns, investors preferred profitable companies to ease market uncertainty. Rand strength also aided this factor.

Perversely, during a period of extreme market stress, Debt to Equity failed to perform strongly. This factor typically shows sporadic bursts of defensiveness, but largely disappointed during the prior quarter.

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