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Sharesight20 - Top 20 trades on the ASX in 2018

by David Olsen, Content Manager, Sharesight

Our Sharesight20 snapshots of the top 20 trades on the ASX and NZX markets by Sharesight users always make for interesting reading. In this post we’re going to explore the top 20 trades on the ASX in 2018 and build a Sharesight portfolio of these 20 shares to find out how it would have performed during the year.

Sharesight20 top 20 ASX trades 2018

Top 20 ASX trades 2018

After a turbulent year, and announcing a major shake up of operations, Telstra claimed the title of the most-traded ASX stock by Sharesight users in 2018. The second most traded stock was VAS (Vanguard’s Australian Shares ETF which seeks to track the return of the S&P/ASX 300 Index), followed by NAB in third place.

Interestingly, the Sharesight20 2018 snapshot of the top 20 trades on the NZX saw ETFs dominate the top 3 spots, whereas only 2 ETFs made the top 20 trades on the ASX. As mentioned above, VAS held the number 2 position, and VGS (Vanguards International Shares) just barely made the top 10 by being the 9th most-traded holding.

Let’s explore how the investment returns a portfolio built from these 20 stocks would have performed in 2018 before we dive in to some of the news behind the interest in these stocks.

Sharesight20 ASX 2018 portfolio performance

If you held a portfolio of these 20 stocks on the ASX in 2018 (5% weighting each) you would have seen a respectable total return of 8.17% in 2018, with 5.24% of that return from dividends. Here’s how each stock in the portfolio performed:

Sharesight20ASX 2018 - Performance Report 2018-01-01 through 2018-12-31
CodeNameCapital Gain %Dividends %Total Return %
A2MThe A2 Milk Company40.03%0.00%40.03%
AFIAustralian Foundat.-3.85%5.49%1.65%
ANZAnz Banking Grp Ltd-14.89%7.95%-6.94%
APTAfterpay Touch107.71%0.00%107.71%
BHPBhp Group Limited15.76%7.69%23.45%
CBACommonwealth Bank.-9.90%7.66%-2.23%
CSLCsl Limited31.04%1.62%32.66%
MQGMacquarie Group Ltd9.05%6.41%15.46%
NABNational Aust. Bank-18.60%9.57%-9.03%
QBEQbe Insurance Group-5.43%2.75%-2.68%
RHCRamsay Health Care-17.67%2.93%-14.74%
RIORio Tinto Limited3.51%7.53%11.03%
TLSTelstra Corporation.-21.49%8.66%-12.83%
TPMTpg Telecom Limited-1.98%0.87%-1.11%
VASVngd Aus Shares-7.38%5.82%-1.56%
VGSVngd Intl Shares-2.04%2.85%0.81%
WBCWestpac Banking Corp-20.13%8.57%-11.56%
WESWesfarmers Limited-27.47%7.17%-20.29%
WOWWoolworths Group Ltd7.77%5.39%13.16%
WPLWoodside Petroleum-5.32%5.85%0.53%
TOTAL2.93%5.24%8.17%

Sharesight20ASX 2018 company news

Afterpay Touch (ASX: APT)

The A2 Milk Company (ASX: A2M)

BHP Group Limited (ASX: BHP)

Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG)

Woolworths Group Ltd (ASX: WOW)

Wesfarmers Limited (ASX: WOW)

Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC)

Telstra Corporation (ASX: TLS)

Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX:WBC)

National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB)

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