Huge interest in Jamaican stock market

With interest rates now at the lowest on receord in Jamaica and the local stock market now in its fifth year of a bull run, more and more persons are turning to the stock market for investment opportunities.
The increased interest is aptly demonstrated by the more than 1,300 persons who attended the Jamaica Stock Exchange receent staging of the 50th Anniversary Investor Forum. Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of the JSE said the record high turnout was historic and affirmation that Jamaicans are warming to the idea of investing in the stock market. “Being the number one performing stock exchange in the world says a lot and this has awakened Jamaicans at home and abroad to the possibilities that exist, when they invest in the market, which has returned over 300 percent over the last five years. This is significant and of course, persons are looking forward to benefit,” she said.
The record turnout comes against a well publized new public share issue by the Government of Jamaica, in the sale of 11 billion shares in Wigton Windfarm, at 50 cents each.
The event was sponsored by Barita Investments, with several of their top managers making presentations, including Vanessa Williams, Manager Mandeville branch and Ferris Jackson, Investment Advisor at Barita’s Kingston Office.

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