Since peaking at 69,814 in early August, the JSE all share index (Alsi) has been falling.

Year to date it is now up a relatively modest 9.8%, having risen 17.6% by August. This compares with 18.7% for the S&P 500. The main drivers of the performance of the Alsi until its record high in August were commodity stocks. Not only did they exhibit some outstanding capital gains but most of them paid record dividends, enhancing their attraction even further...

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