Have you seen the performance of the NYSE FANG+ Index?  The Index, which tracks the performance of 10 of the most renown tech-related companies listed on the US stock exchange, has recorded impressive returns since the start of the year – leaving its peers in the dust.


What is NYSE FANG+ Index?

  • The NYSE FANG+ Index is an index that tracks the performance of 10 of the most renown tech-related companies listed on the US stock exchange
  • The index has equal weightage into all 10 stocks, so it holds equal exposure into the following companies:
    • Facebook
    • Amazon
    • Apple
    • Netflix
    • Google by Alphabet
  • Nvidia
  • Tesla
  • Twitter
  • Alibaba
  • Baidu


What's happening?

  • Tech-related companies have continued to enjoy a strong performance in its stock price, leaving the index leaping ahead of broader equity markets globally. 
  • Better than expected earnings results have even pushed some of these companies’ stock price to new highs.
  • Tesla Inc, for one, has been dominating the headlines in the financial world as its stock price continues to rally – recording a gain of 77% (in MYR terms) since the start of this year to 5 February 2020 – outperforming every other stock in the S&P 500. 
    • The stock price, which started the year at USD 418.33 per share, closed at USD 734 per share on 5 February, slipping marginally after it breached the USD 900 mark the previous day.  
    • The rapid rise in its stock price has propelled the company into the billion dollar boys club, with market cap now nearing USD 150 billion. 
    • Tesla released better than expected revenue, and earnings per share – leading some analysts to expect greater things from the electric vehicle maker.
    • Demand has continued to soar for the Tesla vehicles as talks of climate change become more widespread. 
    • Production issues are expected to be addressed with the completion of its Gigafactory in Shanghai, an addition to the existing factories it already has in the US.
  • Apple Inc also saw its stock price hit a new record high this year after the release of its earnings results.
    • This was largely supported by a strong quarterly revenue of USD91.8 billion, a 9% rise from its previous quarter.
    • The company saw better sales coming in from the international market, which accounted for 61% of its quarterly revenue.
    • Strong demand were seen coming from its latest phone release, the iPhone 11, as well as other services & wearables.


How do i gain exposure to the index?

  • With the companies listed in the US, investors would be able to individually purchase the 10 stocks for their portfolio. (Based on the closing price of 5 February, buying 1 share of each company would cost you approximately USD5,800.)
  • However, there is an easier way through an Exchange-Traded Fund. Through an ETF, you will be able to:
    • Gain access to these foreign stocks through a single trade on a Malaysian counter listed on Bursa,
    • Make their investments in Malaysian Ringgit, and
    • Trade during Malaysian trading hours.
  • The TradePlus NYSE FANG+ Daily (2x) Leveraged Tracker (Bursa stock code: 0830EA) is an ETF that is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia.  (Investors are able to gain access for less than RM600)
  • The ETF provides investors with a 2x leveraged exposure into the index, thus the opportunity to gain access at 50% of your actual investment value. (Do note that the minimum trading lots at Bursa is 100 units)
  • Think that the index may have gone up too fast too quickly, and may be time to see a correction? Fret not. There is also an ETF for you. The TradePlus NYSE FANG+ Daily (-1x) Inverse Tracker (bursa stock code: 0831EA) is an ETF that is also listed on Bursa Malaysia, and provides investors with a 1x inverse return to the NYSE FANG+ Index.
  • The NAV for 0830EA, and 0831EA was RM5.58, and RM3.27 respectively as of 5 February 2020.
  • The 0830EA closed on 5 February at an NAV of RM5.58, providing the ETF with a YTD return of 22.6%, and a since inception return of 39.5%.
  • The 0831EA whereas, closed on 5 February at an NAV of RM3.27, providing the ETF with a YTD return of -12.1%, and a since inception return of -18.3%.


A look at the performance of the NYSE FANG+ Index, the FANG+ stocks, and its peers

Performance of the FANG+ stocks


Performance of the NYSE FANG+ Index against major indices

Source: Bloomberg as at 5 February 2020. Returns are quoted in MYR terms.


Interested to add some exposure for your portfolio?

  • Though structured like a unit trust fund, ETFs can be traded like a stock on the Bursa’s stock exchange.
  • Trading of ETF units are done through a broker, thus an investor would first be required to have a brokerage account before being able to trade.
  • Live trading prices can be obtained directly on Bursa’s website here
  • Read more about what ETFs are, and how they are traded by clicking here.


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