Sep 23, 1999|
Net trading may soon become a reality
According to news reports, Internet-based stock trading is likely to be introduced in a couple of months. This was disclosed by Mr O. P. Gahrotra senior executive director of the Securities Exchange of Board of India (SEBI).
Currently, the Internet is used as a medium to relay live stock quotes on websites. Some brokers are take orders from their clients online, and then execute the trade offline.
SEBI's new guidelines will allow investors to strike deals directly on the Internet. This is expected to take trading in stocks to a new high. It will broaden equity culture in the country, and permit more investors to participate in equity trading. Share volumes will rise dramatically, adding width to the market.
Currently, around 10% of the Indian population, residing in small towns and cities, do not participate in trading at all. Although brokers are present across 350 cities through trading terminals, they are unable to reach far-flung investors. Internet trading will give such investors an equal opportunity to trade in shares of companies. With the participation of retail investors, Indian stock markets will finally begin to resemble developed markets, which are more vibrant, with greater interest at the retail level.
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