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Is the ‘shrinking’ JSE a sign of a sinking ship?

Nadia Van Der Merwe – Senior manager, Allan Gray.

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Om my gosh….some only realises that concern now?

(..less capital going around; SA losing its economic significance on the global stage. Good enough explanation?)

Africans are investing elsewhere?

All is well comparing R5 billion plus listings vs smaller delistings over a single year perhaps.

Would love to see the same comparison over a 2, 5 and 10 year period. Shares such as Afrox, Palaborwa Mining, Platmin, and the proposed Bell delisting come to mind.

From an entry-level perspective, taking some risks on the smaller caps to get a portfolio moving in the right direction is hardly worth it anymore.

As soon as there is any sign of excess fat, and valuations get depressed by broader market events (such as COVID) the counters get sucked up into the greater schemata.

They simply disappear offshore forevermore (like Afrox to Linde Germany and Palaborwa to China) or into some unaffordable, mundane performing multinational.

The upside has been very poor compared to the downside if you have maintained a focus in this area.

The little guy really does get the short end of the stick around here- and that is a crying shame in terms of discouraging long-term savings and investment in a country where this is a vital habit to develop across the spectrum.

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