Equity Index Futures are derivatives instruments that give investors exposure to price movements on an underlying Index. Market participants therefore can profit from the price movements of a basket of equities without trading the individual constituents. An index futures contract gives investors the ability to buy or sell an underlying listed financial instrument at a fixed price on a future date. These products are cash settled and easily accessible via JSE Equity Derivatives members. The JSE also lists options on Equity Index Futures.
Please note that this is not a complete list and is merely a representation of the JSE’s product offering.
Some of our index products are available in both standard and dividend neutral form. Traditionally futures take out the implied dividends of the underlying over the life of the contract. For example, if we agree to trade the index at some future date, we would take all the expected dividends over that period out of the future price since we would not receive these when trading the index on that future date. Undeclared dividends are based on dividend assumptions which may prove to be incorrect. To remove this dividend risk the JSE has created dividend neutral index futures which removes this assumption risk. For more information on these contracts, please see the section on
This product is suited to both professional and private investors who want to gain exposure to basket of listed companies without purchasing individual shares or Single Stock Futures. When trading in Equity Index Futures, market participants can either buy long or sell short. The products are traded by speculators hoping to make a profit on short-term movements and investors seeking to hedge or diversify their portfolios.