Ordinary Shares are the most common type of Shares traded on the JSE’s Equity Market. Ordinary Shares give you full voting rights at annual general meetings, dividends (should the company pay these) and a share of the residual economic value should the company unwind (after bondholders and preference shareholders are paid). They also allow you to benefit from capital growth should the company do well.
Professional and private investors invest in Ordinary Shares to stand the chance of gaining inflation-beating returns on their investment. Investors can use a stockbroker to select shares on their behalf or make their own share choices and purchases through an online share trading account. This stock picking by private investors is suited to investors who have the time and skills to assess the financial performance of companies and have a good understanding of how a stock market works. Less experienced investors can gain exposure to a basket of shares through an exchange-traded fund (ETF).
Open a brokerage account with a
JSE Equity Market member.