HCMC – If the Hochiminh Stock Exchange (HoSE) proceeds with its plan to raise the minimum volume of shares that can be traded in an order from 100 to 1,000 to address its trading system overload, it could leave huge negative impacts on small investors and prompt many of them to leave the bourse, according to experts and investors in the field.
Thao, the owner of an eatery in HCMC’s Thu Duc City, told VnExpress that she has topped-up VND20 million to her online trading account, which she opened just a couple of days ago and she planned to start trading on the southern bourse on March 3.
However, on March 2, she learned that HoSE is weighing extending the size of the standard lot.
She originally wanted to purchase the stocks of four major businesses, namely Vinamilk, The Gioi Di Dong, Vingroup and Novaland. But if HoSE effects the change, she as an inexperienced investor could only buy stocks priced below VND20,000 with the amount of money, or has to have at least VND78 million to buy shares of the real estate developer Novaland or even over VND100 million for each of the other big stocks.
“Such amounts are too huge for new investors like me,” she told the paper.
Commenting on the issue, Dr. Tran Xuan Nam, chairman of Saonam Consulting Company, said that HoSE’s plan was going against a common trend under which the stock market is set to become a platform channeling long- and medium-term capital from the widespread public into the economy.
Nam added that the local stock market could experience a strong sell-off before the plan is executed. Further, the stock market operators would need a long time to regain the trust of and entice investors to rejoin the market.
Earlier, Le Hai Tra, general director of HoSE, shared the plan with the local media, saying that once the plan takes effect, small investors would receive better protection by investing in exchanged traded funds. Also, this would promote the growth of the fund management sector and increase the number of professional investors in line with the Government’s goal.
Further, the change in the standard trading lot could reduce some 50% in the number of trading orders, paving the way for the market turnover to reach higher levels, Tra said.