Stock pickers would do well to brace themselves for further volatility this year. But for savvy investors, there might be some special opportunities.AltX The AltX, which was launched in 2003, seems at first glance to be very much the gangly and surly teenager. There are many blemishes (15 listings are under suspension) and some of the "older" listings — such as WG Wearne, Imbalie and Nutrition — are still battling for viability. But, truth be told, the AltX is fulfilling an important function as a receptacle for newer and more entrepreneurial listings. The platform’s role in nurturing promising businesses until these are ready for the JSE’s main board can also not be underestimated, considering how many AltX companies have been promoted in recent years. New listings in 2016 include substantial counters such as Spear Reit, Transcend, Greenbay and Newpark (all real estate inclined) as well as investment company Universal Partners. Even long-suspended building supplies company Brikor l...

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