The incredible JSE investment challenge game

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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) launched its first trading game in June last year, to provide ambitious traders with a vital platform to test their skills and interact within trading environment.

Each participant in the game is given an imaginary sum of R1, 000 000 to create a virtual portfolio of shares listed on the JSE, share performance is then tracked and measured to determine a winner.

Taking part in the JSE Investment challenge has given last year's winners more confidence to trade and even provided helpful in their careers.

Dean Van Merwe, who received

the first position last year grew his portfolio by 18% (18 000) from the virtual R1 million share portfolio and took home R30 000.

"Participating in the contest gave me a competitive advantage in job interviews, I believe, because it showcased the interest and passion I have in trading and investment" said Dean.

In third position Marlin Govender, says what really surprised her was that anyone can enter the game and win. She says this challenge made her grow business wise.

“Our main aim is to increase public participation on the JSE by showing that investing is something that anyone can do. The competition fulfils an important role in financial education and gives people a solid foundation for investing" says Dudu Seme, Retail Development Officer at the JSE.

Registration for this year’s game are now closed, but investors can make use of the JSE's virtual trading platform free of charge for a trail period of 30 days.

The JSE is also hosting a series of webinars focused on developing trading strategy to assist novice investors in learning more about financial markets and investing.

Building a small and mindcap-portfolio, fundamental and technical analysis used for trading shares and various sessions on the JSE's different derivative products and how they fit into investment portfolios.