Frequently asked questions

Q: What is a Share?

Q: How do I buy or sell Commodities, such as oil or platinum?

Q: How can I get access to information such as currency prices, currency indicators, SENS announcements and information?

Q: Why do companies list on the JSE?

Q: What is equity?

Q: What is a BRICS economy?

Q: What are indices?

Q: What trading software do you recommend?

Q: Can you buy Satrix Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) directly?

Q: What is a Spot Bond?

Q: What are Single Stock Futures?

Q: Can you buy shares directly with the JSE or do you need a broker?

Q: What is a bear market?

Q: What is a bull market?

Q: Where can I get the JSE magazine?

Q: How do I apply for an internship at the JSE?

Q: How do I invest in shares or bonds and how much will it cost to start investing?

Q: How can I become a shareholder?

Q: What is the minimum amount I can invest on the JSE?

Q: What is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)?

Q: Does the JSE provide its data to small/community media (TV/radio/newspapers)?

A: Anybody can subscribe to data through a data vendor.

Q: What is forex?

Q: Is it possible to buy and sell after a day? How long should I wait to sell what I have bought?

Q: How does the forex market differ from the stock market? Why can I access the forex market directly and trade on my own, when I have to use the services of a stockbroker to trade on the stock market?

Q: Are Single Stock Futures (SSFs) offered by the JSE or by PSG Online?

Q: I live outside South Africa and would like to start trading on the JSE. Can I?

Q: Does the JSE offer bursaries for students at universities?

Q: What is a yield curve?

Q: Are there many legal implications when issuing Bonds?

Q: What are the fundamental principles that you have to incorporate into your trading plan to increase your probability of entering high probability trades?

Q: Is it best to use fundamental analysis or technical analysis to research a market?

Q: What are trading averages?

Q: Why do the prices of Shares and stocks fluctuate daily?

Q: How do stockbrokers determine the percentage of brokerage fees?

Q: Why do share prices plunge below average every time there is a wage strike or unrest in the country? Shareholders cannot be held responsible for employees’ behaviour.

Q: What is the difference between stakeholders and shareholders?

Q: Does the JSE employ new graduates?

Q: What is the difference between an ETF and an SSF?

Q: Can you recommend a book that will teach me about the stock exchange?

Q: What’s the comparison between broker costs if a person invests in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) directly through Satrix or through accounts offered by banks?

Q: I read an article about xBonds which said the minimum amount of money needed is R1000 paid as a lump sum or a R300 debit monthly. Do I need a broker to buy these bonds?

Q: How do I become a stockbroker?

Q: Is it necessary to buy share charting or share tracking software or any other software packages to invest on the JSE?

Q: Is the London School of Investment one of your brokers?

Q: What is Global Trading?

Q: How do you trade ETFs?

Q: Why do markets drop?

Q: Where can I find charts for different types of markets?

Q: What does “soft noon trading” mean?

Q: Does the JSE manage unit trusts?

Q: Which companies do you recommend I invest in on the JSE?

Q: What is the All Share Index?

Q: What is the difference between penny shares and other shares? Why do penny shares get less attention in the media? Is there something wrong with them?

Q: What is a trust fund?

Q: Is it necessary for an investor to learn things like technical analysis techniques and fundamental analysis techniques even when using a broker?

Q: Can you tell me more about Defence X?

Q: I want to know how much I will make in two years if I invest R20 000.

Q: Which are the top ten shares to invest in?

Q: Are zero coupon bonds available in SA or would they be incorporated into ETFs?

Q: Is the London School of Investment the only way of registering to trade or can I do it on my own?

Q: How does foreign exchange work? What happens when markets close in different countries? Does it ever stop? Or does the market centre on whoever is “awake”?

Q: How much do traders or stockbrokers earn?

Q: How do I become a stockbroker?

Q: Can someone who is blacklisted have a share trade account?

Q: How difficult is it to earn a return on my investment of 10% a day through daily trading on the JSE? What are the key indicators to identify the potential of such a return and what market segments should I look at?

Q: How do I get 15-minute delayed prices?

Q: Are there binary trading options in SA?

Q: If you open a share trading account on your online banking profile, do you need a broker?

Q: What does it mean when Shares are suspended?

Q: What are the JSE’s social responsibilities?

Q: What is a closing auction?

Q: How do I get started with trading or investing in Shares?

Q: If I am currently not living in South Africa, can I still trade in South African Shares?

Q: What are Derivatives?

Q: What is the Virtual Trader?

Q: How do I sign up for the Virtual Trader?

Q: Where can I find information on JSE events and workshops?

Q: What are indices?

Beginner’s guide to the JSE

What is the JSE, and what’s it got to do with me?

What are shares?

Why is the JSE called the securities market rather than the stock exchange?

Do you have to be rich to invest on the JSE?

What about the risks of investing in the stock market?

How do I buy and sell Shares on the JSE?

How do I choose a good stockbroker?

What protection do I have?

How will I know which Shares to buy, and if and when to sell them?

Why do prices on the JSE and other markets go up and down?

Can I use my computer to buy and sell shares on the JSE?

Aside from the prospect of dividends and long-term capital growth, what are the benefits of being a shareholder of a listed company?

I’m a private individual and want to:

I’m a professional/corporate user and want to:

Who do I contact for ad hoc FTSE/JSE Indices data requests?

Do you have FTSE/JSE Indices history available?

Q: Where can I find a list of approved JSE-approved stockbrokers?

Q: How do I get started with trading or investing in Shares?

Q: How do I open a brokerage account?

Q: If I am currently not living in South Africa, can I still trade in South African shares?

Q: What are Derivatives?

Q: What is the Virtual Trader?

Q: How do I sign up for the Virtual Trader?

Q: What are Exchange Traded Funds?

Q: How can I invest in ETFs?

Q: Where can I find information on JSE events and workshops?

Q: What are indices?

Q: Where can I find a reliable source for stock information?

Q: Is R10 000 enough to invest? / What is the minimum amount I should save to buy Shares on the JSE?

Q: Does the JSE provide learnership or internship programmes?

Q: How do you know if a company is about to be liquidated? Are there any warning signs?

Q: How can I get a list of the companies listed on the JSE?

Q: What’s the minimum amount I should have before looking for a stockbroker?

Q: What is the difference between ETFs and SSFs?

Q: Where can one view the annual results of listed companies in their respective sectors on the JSE website?

Q: Do you have a way of financially supporting young people who wish to trade on the JSE?

Q: When is the right time to buy?

Q: What is a good investment besides policies and property?

Q: I’m trying to find information about what is regarded as a good price-to-earnings ratio at which to buy shares on the JSE.

Q: Which bank in South Africa do you recommend as an investment for individuals?

Q: What are binary options trading?

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