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Singapore : SGX to introduce reduced board lot size from 19 January

August 26, 2014



Singapore Exchange (SGX) will reduce the standard board lot size of securities listed on SGX from 1,000 to 100 units from 19 January 2015. A smaller board lot size will make it more affordable for retail investors to invest in a wider range of equities, including blue chips, and enable them to build more balanced and diversified portfolios.

The reduction will apply to ordinary shares, including shares traded on GlobalQuote, real estate investment trusts, business trusts, company warrants, structured warrants and extended settlement contracts. Existing counters 1 with board lot sizes of 100 or less units will remain unchanged.

Magnus Bocker, CEO of SGX, said: The reduced board lot size will benefit all investors and make it easier to invest in blue chips and index component stocks which tend to be higher-priced. It will also allow institutional investors to better manage their risk exposures through finer asset allocation of funds.

David Gerald, President and CEO of Securities Investors Association (Singapore), said: This is a much anticipated move that will be welcomed by our citizens. Now that blue chip stocks are more accessible in board lot size of 100 units, I would encourage retail investors to seriously consider share investing as a way to diversify their portfolio and grow their savings for retirement. SIAS hopes that citizens will invest with knowledge.

The board lot sizes for exchange traded funds 2 , American Depositary Receipts and fixed income instruments, including retail bonds, Singapore Government Securities and preference shares will remain unchanged.


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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