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How To Buy Shares In South Africa

20 August 2021 | 0 comments | Posted by Louis Schoeman in Money Talks

Guide to buying shares in South Africa

Saving in South Africa has become tougher; long gone are the days where you could hold your money in Rands and collect an interest rate from the bank and be sure that the money you get will be worth something more in the future. Inflation and currency debasement continues to squeeze local savers, and looking into alternative asset classes is one way of finding ways to store your money in vehicles that can outpace inflation.

One of those asset classes is, of course, shares/stocks; these are fragmented ownership of local or international companies, which you can purchase a stake in as their ownership is tradeable on public markets

Why investing in shares is a wise choice.

Saving is an essential aspect of sound financial management, but it is also helpful to find effective strategies to use your savings to grow your wealth. Investing is a worthwhile strategy that involves buying financial assets, such as shares to grow your wealth alongside the increasing value of that asset.

Purchasing company shares allows your investment to grow over time as the company’s share value increases and can be an excellent way for South Africans to make substantial returns through capital gains.

Not only can you earn a profit by selling your shares at a better market value down the line, but many companies also reward their investors with dividends, which constitute a share of that company’s overall profits.

In this article, we will outline how South African investors can buy shares online from a stock exchange like the JSE so that new investors can begin their journey towards a flourishing financial future.

How to buy shares in South Africa: a step-by-step guide

Buying shares online in South Africa is a fast and streamlined process that can have you invested in the company of your choice in minutes. Read on to find out how this process can be completed in four easy steps.

1. Open an account with a share dealing site

To buy shares from a stock exchange like the JSE, you will first need to open an account with a reputable share dealing site like SAShares.co.za.

  • On the landing page, you will find the option to open an account. On the SAShares website, click on the ‘Register Now’ button to open an obligation free account
  • You will be prompted to provide some personal details to create your account. This should include your name, residential address, and date of birth
  • Create a username for your account and a strong password
  • Submit your registration to create your account

2. Upload the required documentation

Once your registration has been confirmed (often with a pin sent by the broker to your provided number or email address), you will then be required to upload some basic documentation to confirm your identity.

This will consist of the following:

  • ID or Passport
  • Proof of Address
  • Individual Q&A Test
  • IB Application

3. Deposit funds into your account

Once the above documents have been uploaded and approved, you will be prompted to deposit them into your new trading account. Your selected share trading site will provide you with a list of available deposit methods, which can include but are not limited to the following:

  • South African bank transfers
  • Debit or credit cards
  • E-payment methods

4. Make your first share purchase

Once your deposit has been processed and reflects in your trading account, you can start the exciting business of share trading. You can browse the available markets, stock exchanges and companies on your share trading site and select the shares that best suit your investment strategy.

Invest at your own time, risk and level.

If you have the time and some spare cash to sit and follow markets, then buying shares can be a great way to invest some spare income. Be it to trade as prices change or to sit on the longer term and collect dividends.

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Recommended reading

If you enjoyed this post and have the time to spend diving deeper down the rabbit hole, then we suggest you check out the following posts about improving your finances in South Africa.

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