South Africa FTSE/JSE All Share Index: Historical Total Returns Chart

The chart below shows the year total return of the South Africa FTSE/JSE All Share Index from 1926 to 2009:

Source: Alpha Asset Management, South Africa

In 2008, the index was down over 30% but up over 40% last year. Since 2000, the index made gains in all years except 2002 and 2008. Riding the commodity bull run, South Africa’s main stock index rose over 40% in 2001, 2009 and over 50% in 2005 and 2006.

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  4. Graphic: 50 years of the FTSE All-Share index, The Telegraph
  5. Monthly Closing Values of FTSE JSE All Share Index 2002 Thru 2017 (in Excel)

Related ETF:

  • iShares MSCI South Africa Index Fund (EZA)

Update (Feb 21, 2021):

1)The evolution of South Africa from Frontier market to Emerging Market:

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Johannesburg Stock Exchange Growth

Source: The Path to Becoming an Emerging Market, AB Blog

2) JSE All Share Index-Major Events in 2016:


Source: Cannon Asset Managers

3)FTSE/JSE All Share Index TR: monthly from July 1995 to March 2020 (log scale):

 FTSE/JSE All Share Index TR:  subsequent performance after bear markets:



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  1. I do not readily believe these charts.
    As far as I know, stocks only returned to their 1929 levels in 1954.
    And according to commentators on CNBC , if you invested in 2000/2001, you made nothing over the next 10 years.

  2. This chart shows the returns for South Africa FTSE/JSE All Share Index. The data shown is correct.
    CNBC is talking about US stock markets which earned nothing in the “lost” decade.

  3. Ben
    Thanks for the comment.

    Unfortunately currently I do not have the real index numbers per year for the FTSE/JSE Index. The source I got this chart from did not have one at that time. Let me research into this and if I find the information you are looking for I will post it as an update to this post. Please check back here in a few days.


  4. Graham
    Thanks for the comment.

    Unfortunately currently I do not have 20 years performance data/chart for the FTSE/JSE Index. If I find this information I will post it as an update to this post. Please check back later.


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