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IMF cuts African growth forecast

Africa’s growth is slowing dramatically, says the International Monetary Fund, and is likely to be 3.75% this year and 4.25% next year. It could get worse if the global economy does not grow.

Exchange news

Namibia’s stockbrokers switch to IRESS to access NSX

All 4 Namibian stockbrokers have switched their front-end links into the local bourse to the trading solutions supplied by IRESS, a leading global supplier of innovative securities, financial markets and wealth management technology.

Exchange news

Botswana supermarket raising $48m in JSE dual-listing

Botswana supermarket chain Choppies Enterprises launches a roadshow to raise $48m and dual-list shares on the main board of JSE securities exchange on 27 May.

Capital raising

IPOs soar as Africa’s capital markets raise $11bn

• US$11bn IPO and FO proceeds raised in 2014 in African equity markets • US$37.4bn proceeds raised from 2010 to 2014 • 24 African IPO …

Exchange news

Dar es Salaam Africa’s top stock exchange to 31 Jan

Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange topped the performance list for the 12 months to 31 Jan in USD, managing a 27% climb and beating the S&P 500 index which rose 11.9%.

Exchange news

JSE number of equity trades up 19% in 2014, scores daily records

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange saw the number of equity trades up 19% for the year 2014, compared to 2013 and it broke records for the highest daily value traded on 18 December when R53.7 billion of equity securities were traded.

Capital raising

South Africa’s PIC aims to invest $1bn into African private equity and development

South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation has established 2 funds and plans to invest at least $1 billion into African investments outside South Africa, including $213 million in the current financial year to March 2015.

Exchange news

Johannesburg Stock Exchange scores record with 395,969 equity trades in one day

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange equity market scored a record number of 395,969 securities trades on 16 October. The total value was just over R24.6 billion ($2.2 bn).

Exchange news

JSE launches futures trading for 3 African currencies

South Africa’s JSE launches 3 new currency future instruments which are the first to track exchange rate between the rand (ZAR) and Nigeria’s Naira (NGN), Kenya Shilling (KES) and Zambia Kwacha (ZMW).

Exchange news

JSE and ASEA host African exchanges for capacity-building

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), supported by the World Bank Group, are hosting the third Building African Financial Markets seminar this week, bringing together stock exchanges, regulators, stockbrokers and others from across Africa.

Egypt

Nigerian and African economies.. after the rebasing

Charts circulated by Reuters show the rebased Nigerian economy as biggest in Africa, followed by sluggish South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Angola and Morocco. They also show growth rates: oil-fuelled Ghana led the pack with historic growth of 10.2% a year over 2010-13.

Exchange news

JSE seminar on African capital markets development

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange will host the 3rd Building African Financial Markets capacity-building seminar, in Johannesburg from 10-12 September.

Exchange news

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange switches technology provider

The battle for stock exchange technology in Africa heats as Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange switches its trading, clearing and settlement to South Africa’s Securities and Trading Technology (STT).

Cote d’Ivoire

Top performances for USD investors at Africa’s stock exchanges

Malawi came out as Africa’s top-performing exchange to USD-based investors over 2013 with a strong 62.4% return. Eight out of 13 African exchanges beat the S&P 500.

Exchange news

South Africa’s JSE again beats the world on regulation – how they do it

South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange (www.jse.co.za) is the world’s best-regulated stock exchange for the fourth year running. The 2013-14 Global Competitiveness Report by the World …

Cote d’Ivoire

$183bn of M&A in Africa in last 10 years, Britain leads

The total value of mergers and acquisitions deals in Africa by foreign investors was $183 billion over the ten years 2003-2012, up threefold on the previous decade. Britain was the lead investor with with 437 deals worth $30.5bn.

Exchange news

JSE gives South African firms competitive advantage through corporate bonds

“South Africa’s established and efficient debt capital market is a key competitive advantage for South African firms” writes Barry Martin, joint head of debt capital markets at Rand Merchant Bank. Corporate debt issued in the first quarter of 2013 was R6.1 billion ($612 million).

Exchange news

Africa’s bourses should work together to channel investors

Africa’s 24 stock markets should learn to work together better if they are to seize high levels of investor interest, said Nicky Newton-King, CEO of South Africa’s JSE Ltd. She told an interviewer that plumbing, – technology and other links between exchanges and clearing and settlement – were more likely routes to more liquidity than trying to create a single exchange.

Capital raising

Rise of pension giants set to transform investment in Africa

New giants are arising in African investments – the domestic pension funds. Several countries have funds worth billions of US dollars and in many they are growing at 25% a year or more. Handled well, they could transform local equity markets, exits for private equity and infrastructure investment.

Exchange news

IOSCO global regulator gives bigger role to emerging markets – 80% of its membership

The 86 emerging markets members of the world’s securities markets regulator, International Organization of Securities Commissions form 80% of IOSCO membership and are increasingly important in the global economy. They back setting up IOSCO Foundation, to boost funding so IOSCO can scale up research, education and training and technical assistance.