Opportunities offered on alternative stock markets — the recently launched bourses that were hoping to break the JSE’s monopoly on share trading in South Africa — remain few and far between for open-minded investors.

The A2X is by far the biggest rival to the JSE, but it consists mostly of secondary listings of a good number of existing JSE shares. The premise here is to use technology to offer a more efficient and cost-effective trading platform. The concept clearly has legs as JSE-listed companies continue to take this alternative. But in terms of choice there is nothing new...

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