We get emails time to time from readers who are new to investing about how to open a brokerage account in Singapore. Most of time, we simply point them to our stockbroker who basically sets everything up for them. So we decided to do a quick, simple guide on how to open a brokerage account for those who need a little bit of advice.
But first things first — before you open a brokerage account, you need to choose a broker. But there are still some minor differences e. So before we go into the steps of setting up a brokerage account, here are some things to consider:. What is the difference? A brokerage account allows you to trade shares through your broker. The CDP account is where all the shares you purchase from the local stock market i.
Do note you can have multiple brokerage accounts with different brokers but you only need one CDP account. You can read more about the pros and cons between using a CDP and nominee account. When you compare fees among Singapore brokers, you notice that all of them charge more or less the same commission fees:. Fees shown are for SGX Singapore dollar stocks only. Updated as of 14 July The reason for their lower prices is because these brokerages hold your stocks in a nominee account instead of your CDP account, which is less popular with local investors.
If that is the case, you probably want to check if a broker offers you access to the markets you want. This can add up to quite a bit if you invest quite a bit overseas in which case you may prefer to go direct to a foreign broker to save on fees. Besides market access, you may also want to consider the types of investment products available to you. Some investors may want access to some of these products — for example, I may want to use put options while waiting to purchase a stock.
Probably the most important factor when it comes to choosing a broker is its reputation. Even though your stocks are protected in a CDP or nominee account, things can get messy!
Local investors of MF Global Singapore were hit and feared they might never get their investment funds back. Some brokerages are also owned by banks which are household names with Singaporeans. Find a dedicated stockbroker that is able to give you great service and timely support. Most of the time, my stockbroker is a quick WhatsApp text, email or phone call away. And even though I can log in to trade online, I usually contact my broker directly and he gets the job done.
On the other side of the coin, great service also means being a good client. Most importantly, you want a stockbroker that follows your investment objective. So make sure you find a stockbroker you can trust and who is candid with you at all times. Download and fill up the CDP application form , include your supporting documents, and mail it to:. So I hope this simple guide gives you some clear directions and helps you open a brokerage account in Singapore. Get up to speed with this Quick-Start Manual that'll show you how to be profitable in the stock market - Written in simple English that's extremely easy to understand, yet packs plenty of valuable profit strategies every investor must know Get up to speed with this Quick-Start Manual that'll show you how to be profitable in the stock market - Written in simple English that's extremely easy to understand, yet packs plenty of valuable profit strategies every investor must know.
In , he appeared on U. An avid investor himself, Adam shares his personal thoughts and opinions as he journals his investing journey online. Actually, iFast does allow linkage with CDP too, apparently with no additional commission charges. You need to trade a min.
USD 10 — commission. The bank, however, may do so. You may lose a little on forex conversion though if you use an SGD cheque. As I did not sell at the losing offered price, they transferred the shares to Hong Kong stock market. Can you advise how shall I sell and how to monitor the price of this stock.
Do I need to open a new brokerage account when I want to sell the shares? Do I have to mail back the scripts when the shares are sold? You can monitor the price of the stock anytime online: Contact your brokerage and ask them for their procedure on how to convert physical scrip shares into digital scripless shares. Once your brokerage accepts your scrip shares, it will be placed in your brokerage account which you can sell thereafter.
Hi, Would like to know which brokerage are you guys using? I have an account with OCBC and going to open an trading account with their ocbc securities but as you said the support is important. Would like to hear more thought before making final decision on which to open.
My local broker has given me good support over the years and I see no reason to change at the moment. OX because they were one of the first few US brokerages with a local presence and I just stuck with them since.
Trading platform is very easy to use as well. I did hear many positive about them. I intend to trade US stocks but not actively. Anybody knows which of these online brokerage — Saxo, Standard Chartered and Option Express will be the cheapest taking into account the currency exchange rate too?
I believe their exchange rates will be similar, based on the prevailing market rate. Or you can always convert currencies on your own first before funding your account. Just to let everyone know that OptionsXpress has integrated with Charles Schwab after its takeover.
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