South Africa: Bigger, Better, Faster?

Leanne Parsons, equity market director, Johannesburg Stock Exchange

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is aiming to achieve an increase in speed of 400 times by moving its matching engine from London to South Africa. By reducing latency and improving connectivity, as well as upgrading the trading engine with technology from Millennium IT, a wholly owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group, the JSE is hoping to attract a host of fresh international investors.

Known as the “gateway to Africa,” South Africa is a mix of the first and third worlds, both

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