Stock market 101: What the Johannesburg Stock Exchange does

Julie Brownlee, Fsp Invest, 22 Apr. 2014

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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, or JSE, is perhaps the most well-known stock market in Africa. You can look at a stock market like the engine room driving the economy of a country. In our case, the JSE is driving the South African economy. But what is the JSE? What exactly does it do? And why should you be interested? Let’s take a closer look at the ins and outs of the JSE…

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What is the JSE?

The JSE regulates the buying and selling of shares in South Africa. It also deals with the administration and regulation of companies that already have listings on the exchange.

The JSE is also the place companies go if they want to raise money on the equity market.

The JSE follows strict rules and regulations. The Stock Exchanges Control Act (SECA) of 1987 governs all of the companies with listings on the JSE.

The JSE’s roots stem back to 1887, Gareth Stokes in Fear, Greed and the Stock Market explains. The JSE came about as a way for mining companies to raise money for development. Now most of the companies on the JSE are in other industries.

The two roles of the JSE

The JSE has two main roles:
  1. Its primary role is to provide companies a way to issue new shares. Companies do this to raise equity capital to pay for further growth and large projects.
  2. Its secondary role is to provide a regulated market for the buying and selling of shares of companies which already have listings.
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Why you need to know about the JSE

If you plan to invest in the stock market by either buying or selling shares in South Africa, you need the JSE.

Your stockbroker will buy and sell shares on your behalf on the JSE. All of your transactions will go through this stock market.

So there you have it, what the JSE does.

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