Report On contains the problem of DSE and the perspective of DSE

1.0 Introduction

Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited is very important & reputed organization in the financial sector in Bangladesh. The Dhaka Stock Exchange was established as East Pakistan Stock Exchange Association Ltd. On April 28, 1954& formal trade began in 1956. It was renamed as East Pakistan Stock Exchange Ltd. on July 23, 1962. The name of the Stock Exchange was once again changed to Dacca Stock Exchange Ltd. On May 13, 1964. The service on the Dhaka Stock Exchange continued uninterrupted until 1971. The trading was suspended during the liberation war. Trading on DSE resumed in 1976 with change in economic policy of the government. Since then the Stock Exchange continued its journey & development activities continued. Since then the bourse did not look & continued its journey & development activities continued. Since then the bourse did not look & continued its journey contributing to the development activities of the nation.

1.1 Origin of the Report

This report has been made as the course requirement of Internship in BBA course. The topic for this report has been chosen by my both supervisors, organization’s supervisor Mr. Khandaker Asad Ullah (Depute General Manager) of DSE, MIC dpt., and institutional supervisor Mr. Habib Anwar Pasha, Lecturer, Faculty of Business Administration. This report contains the problem of DSE and the perspective of DSE

1.2 Problem Statement and Justification

The problems and prospects of DSE are unknown. As we do not know the problems of DSE, it would be difficult to draw strategies for its improvement. Because there are so many brokers, shares and that arise so many types of problems.

2.0 Bangladesh Capital Market

Bangladesh capital market consist different type of long-term capital market instruments and it helps to facilitate the long-term flow of fund. It is a developing country. Bangladesh capital market has been experiencing an unprecedented situation since last few years. IPO market is overflowed by subscribers while secondary market is facing liquidity shortage. Experts opinioned to develop a safe and sound secondary market in Bangladesh. The govt., DSE, CSE and SEC and other financial market institutions should act positively.

2.1 The participants in Bangladesh Capital Market

Insurance company
Mutual fund agency
Stock market
Credit union
Individual etc.

  • 2.2 Role and importance of capital market in the economy of Bangladesh:
  • Economy of Bangladesh is a developing and capital market has great significance in our economy. Importance of capital market in Bangladesh is followings:
  • 1. Means of capital formation
  • 2. Easy means of acquiring long term loans
  • 3. Easy means for small investors
  • 4. Efficacy of monetary policy
  • 5. Helps to enhance the real wealth and income
  • 6. Helps to efficient allocation of resources
  • 7. Reform measures undertaken for development of capital market
  • Recently, Business association and government of Bangladesh has intended for the development of capital market. As a result, following steps have been taken to bring dynamism in the activities of stock exchanges: –
  • Automated transactions have been started in DSE and CSE. At first CSE started real time automated transaction in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet at a time. Then DSE started it only in Dhaka.
  • Recommendations for the development of capital market
  • 2.3 Stock Exchange
  • In our country there are two stock exchanges – Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE). The former one is established earlier and it is situated at Motijheel, the heart of the capital. And the latter, the new one, is at Agrabad of Chittagong.
  • Nature of Dhaka Stock Exchange:
  • [A] Establishment of Dhaka Stock Exchange
  • In early 1952, five years after the independence of Pakistan, the Calcutta Stock Exchange prohibited transactions in Pakistani stocks. This necessitated the formation of a stock exchange in East Pakistan and the East Pakistan Stock Exchange Association Ltd. was incorporated on 28 April 1954. It changed its name to East Pakistan Stock Exchange Ltd on 23 June 1962 and finally to Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) on 14 May, 1964. Although incorporated in 1954, Formal trading started in 1956 in Narayanganj. In 1958, the stock exchange was shifted to Narayanganj Chamber Building. DSE purchased its own land, and moved to its own premises at 9/F Motijheel C/A in 1959. Prior to independence in 1971, the number of listed companies in DSE was 196 with a total paid up capital of Tk 4 billion. The daily average transaction during that period was about 20,000 shares.
  • After the Independence, the government of Bangladesh took charge of the abandoned industrial units and pursued a policy, under which large industrial units were nationalized. The trading activities of DSE remained suspended till 1975 and following change in the economic policy of the government, DSE resumed its activities in 1976 with only 9 listed companies, having a total paid up capital of Tk 137.52 million. The actual growth of the stock exchange in Bangladesh (the DSE) started since 1983, when the market capitalization was Tk 812 million. The year 1987 experienced a relatively steep rise in the market with 92 listed companies. With the liberalization of policies in the 1990’s the stock market gradually started to prosper.
  • [B] Function of DSE
  • The major functions are:
  • · Listing of Companies. (As per Listing Regulations).
  • · Providing the screen based automated trading of listed Securities.
  • · Settlement of trading.(As per Settlement of Transaction Regulations)
  • · Gifting of share / granting approval to the transaction/transfer of share outside the trading system of the exchange (As per Listing Regulations 42)
  • · Market Administration & Control.
  • [C] Management of DSE
  • The management of DSE is vested on a 24-member council having a chairman, one senior vice chairman and one vice chairman. Among the 24 council members, 12 are elected and nominated by DSE members. The other members are representatives from the Bangladesh Bank, finance ministry, law ministry and ministry of industries, presidents of the CA institute, FBCCI, MCCI, DCCI, Supreme Court Bar Association and bankers/insurance corporations associations and the chairman of the Department of Finance and Banking/Economics of the University of Dhaka. The operational management of the DSE is headed by a CEO, who works as an independent entity under the general policy framework set by the council.
  • Any individual of sound mind and over 21 years of age can apply to become a member of the stock exchange by purchasing a share of DSE and after obtaining dealer/broker license from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  • [D] Departments of DSE
  • The departments of Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd are given below:
  • Information & Communication Technology Division
  • · System & Market Administration Department
  • · MIS & Development Department
  • Administration Division
  • Membership Affairs Department
  • Board & Company Affairs
  • HRM, Admin & Training Affairs
  • Logistic, Maintenance & Protocol
  • Research, Development & Information
  • Publications & Media Monitoring Department
  • Public Relations Department
  • Legal Affairs
  • Security
  • DSE Training Academy
  • Personal Officer to CEO
  • Operation Division
  • Monitoring, Investigation & Compliance
  • Surveillance Department
  • Listing Affairs
  • Market Operation
  • Internal Audit & Compliance
  • OTC Market
  • Name of the Industry Quantity
  • 1 Bank 30
  • 2 Cement 7
  • 3 Ceramics Sector 5
  • 4 Corporate Bond 2
  • 5 Debenture 8
  • 6 Engineering 22
  • 7 Financial Institutions 21
  • 8 Food & Allied 23
  • 9 Fuel & Power 11
  • 10 Insurance 44
  • 11 IT Sector 5
  • 12 Jute 3
  • 13 Miscellaneous 11
  • 14 Mutual Funds 26
  • 15 Paper & Printing 2
  • 16 Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals 21
  • 17 Services & Real Estate 4
  • 18 Tannery Industries 5
  • 19 Telecommunication 1
  • 20 Textile 28
  • 21 Travel & Leisure 3
  • 22 Treasury Bond 179
  • Chart I
  • The clearing house operates manually. Working hours of the clearing house are from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Stock exchange remains open from Sunday to Thursday and remains closed on Friday and Saturday. An overview of DSE is given below-
  • Total No. of traded securities: 272
  • Companies: 244
  • Mutual Funds: 26
  • Corporate Bond: 02
  • Category wise:
  • A – 185, B – 18, G – 0, N – 8, Z – 61
  • ? Government T. Bond (Gilt) : 171 (US$ 5.68 BN)
  • ? Debenture : 08 (US$ 2.00 MN)
  • Total ISSUED CAPITAL of all listed securities – US $ 8.79 bn.
  • MARKET CAPITALIZATION of all listed securities US $ 39.78 bn.
  • [G] About TESA
  • TESA-The Electronic Securities Architecture.
  • Provides Screen Based Trading facilities.
  • Built using Client Server Architecture.
  • Provides 7 x 24 operations.
  • Benefits of TESA
  • Screen Based Trading
  • The system will have four basic sessions:
  • Pre- opening: Only Limit order entry is permitted. No order will be executed in this session. Brokers will see only the previous day’s closing price and index.
  • Opening: System will not be available for use during this session that will last for a few minutes only. The system will work alone to calculate the opening price for the day based on the orders input during the previous sessions.
  • Continuous Trading Hour: This is for normal trading and will last for normal business hour. All types of orders will be accepted by the system during this period.
  • Closing Session: The system will stop receiving orders and will calculate the closing prices for each security. Pending orders “trade at closing price ” will be matched during this session.
  • After the closing session the system will provide access to the trading members to make inquiry, verify and down load the daily relevant transaction details.
  • Investors’ Confidence:
  • Alie repeated and unanswered becomes the truth soon. Investors lost their confidence in the stock market mechanism in 1996. But now there is a challenge to prove it to be wrong.
  • Of course there is a peculiar thing. It is more or less universal that the primary market follows the secondary market. But the investors’ confidence in the primary market in Bangladesh is leading the confidence in the secondary market, nullified all the bookish theories.
  • The primary market investors have to come to the secondary market today or tomorrow. There is no confidence in the market mechanism is a false statement. If there is question of confidence, it is the governmental machinery that lacks it.
  • Government’s confidence:
  • The key organization that would reflect government policy, if there is any, is the Securities and Exchange Commission. This is 11.98 percent in Karachi and 9.93 percent in Colombo. In Malaysia and Singapore it is 100 percent.
  • The conditions of capital market of Bangladesh at present are to say the least. Ever since the bubble in the capital market of the country burst in 1996, it has remained largely bearish though many things were said and done to improve it. The investors’ confidence in the market is the basic thing for its revival; otherwise its turnaround will be difficult.
  • The capital market should be the main engine of growth for the economy to mobilize the funds to the investors. The share market is speculative; investors lack confidence; lack of capital to invest in securities; inadequate tax facilities for listed companies; unchartered manipulators of the stock market; transparency and accountability are not ensured; non holding of AGM; insufficient disclosure of financial statement; poor enforcement of existing laws.
  • If any company fails to declare at least 10% or fails to distribute the declared dividend within 60 days of its declaration it shall pay tax @ 37.5% instead of 30%. Investment in shares of listed companies during July 03 to June 31, 2005 is accepted without explanation by the tax department. Despite adequate divisible profits if the companies fail to declare or issue at least 15% dividend or bonus share they will be liable to pay additional tax at the rate of 5% on undistributed profit. The bonus shares neither in the hands of the issuer nor in the hands of the shareholders are taxable.
  • The companies who fail to declare dividend, at least 60% of their past dividends should be kept outside the netted settlement system till the date of holding their next AGM.
  • Public limited companies with capital of 30 million or more were given opportunity to directly list in the stock exchange. The SEC accorded conditional registration to the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL). A listed company while considering/ adopting any audited financial statement should also fix the date of relevant AGM and take decisions with regard to dividend as well as entitlement of the shareholders to get dividend. But the above-mentioned measures have not led to a healthy growth of the market. Generally, the market remain bearish which means that the investors are not coming forward in sufficient number to invigorate it whereas automation and controls have not put an end to manipulation which is a precondition for the market’s development.
  • For further improvement of the market the following additional measures are needed to be taken:
  • Immediate operation of the central depository system to remove the fear of existence of fake shares in the market.
  • Availability of institutional funds in the market. Availability of shares of govt. owned companies like Titas, Bakhrabad, Padma Oil, Jamuna Oil, Meghna Oil, Biman, Jamuna Bridge Authority etc.
  • Investors’ protection funds may be established to boost up the confidence of the investors; implementation of provisions of IAS and ISA to be strengthened for fair financial reporting training and education relating to share market investment to be promoted; steps to be taken to
  • announce corporate audit policy, especially for the listed companies; IAS shall be applied by the all listed companies and deviants must be punished by ICAB, SEC and other regulatory agency; separate cell should be established by ICAB and SEC to monitor that IAS are complied with by the listed companies; and, more chartered accountants should be employed in SEC, DSE, CSE and in all listed companies and the finance director or chief accountant must be a chartered accountant.
  • The SEC has imposed automation of the stock exchanges but it has not done to increase the participation of the real investors in the markets. So far, mainly the issues connected to the regulation of the market seem to have been addressed whereas the main issues on which depend the developments of the market continue to be unaddressed. Investors’ confidence is one of the vital factors for capital market operation and development. Investors’ confidence can be revived by ensuring quality information of listed companies through appropriate disclosures to various users and by incorporating in the said disclosures interpretation and application of sound accounting principle and appropriate accounting standards.
  • 3.0 Introduction
  • As we already know that Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited is very important & reputed organization in the financial sector in Bangladesh. The Dhaka Stock Exchange was established as East Pakistan Stock Exchange Association Ltd. On April 28, 1954& formal trade began in 1956.It was renamed as East Pakistan Stock Exchange Ltd. on July 23, 1962. The name of the Stock Exchange was once again changed to Dacca Stock Exchange Ltd. On May 13, 1964.
  • The service on the Dhaka Stock Exchange continued uninterrupted until 1971. The trading was suspended during the liberation war. Trading on DSE resumed in 1976 with change in economic policy of the government. Since then the Stock Exchange continued its journey & development activities continued. Since then the bourse did not look & continued its journey & development activities continued. Since then the bourse did not look & continued its journey contributing to the development activities of the nation.
  • 3.1 Problem Statement
  • The problems and prospects of Dhaka Stock Exchange are unknown.
  • 3.2 Justification
  • The problems and prospects of Dhaka Stock Exchange are unknown because we do not know the problems of DSE, it would be difficult to draw strategies for its improvement. There are so many brokers, shares and that arise so many type of problems.
  • 3.3 Objective
  • Broad Objective
  • The broad objective of this study is to find out the problems and prospect of Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd.
  • Specific Objective
  • The objectives of the study are
  • To identify the major marketing problems of Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd.
  • To identify prospects of Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd.
  • 3.4Methodology
  • For achieving the objectives of this study, data were gathered from secondary sources and also primary Sources.
  • Primary sources
  • · Depth interview with the employees of DSE.
  • · Observation of activities of various dpt. of DSE.
  • Secondary sources
  • Annual report of the different company,
  • Website of Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd.
  • DSE Research and Development department & Publications and Media monitoring department
  • Newsletters of Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd.
  • Annual Reports of Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd
  • Journals and Monthly reviews of Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd
  • Different publication regarding Stock Exchange
  • 3.5 Limitation
  • Several drawbacks appeared at the time of preparing the report and hindered the total work process.
  • While collecting data on Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited personnel did not disclose enough information for the sake of confidentiality of the organization.
  • · Rush hours and business is another reason that acts as an obstacle while gathering data.
  • 3.6Reasons behind the underdevelopment
  • Access to high quality and credible corporate information remains a major problem in the market. While a handful of institutional investors may enjoy certain benefits since they have an investment unit manned with qualified officers, nothing exists for retail investors. And, in the absence of independent research houses, retail investors primarily focus on advice given by their brokers, which often consists of market rumors.
  • This is not acceptable, and it often leads to enormous losses for small investors who are vital for a low-income and emerging market like Bangladesh. Filtering of information among different types of investors may leave scope for manipulation; this assumption had been proved right in the 1996 market meltdown at the cost of many individuals and households. The market does not have an adequate number of fundamentally sound scrips. The authorities should not force major corporations to come into the market, without creating an enabling environment. The focus should be on the privatization of state owned enterprises through public
  • offerings in the bourses. The market has to reach such a stage of development that companies will take it as a serious alternative to bank financing. The government has reduced the interest rates on savings instruments, however this particular market is still limited to the commercial banks, and individual investors do not have access to these instruments. These savings instruments are considered risk-free, and since they are not present in the capital market, the overall risk of investment for an investor remains very high. A portfolio investor does not have the option of reducing his average portfolio risk by adding the risk-free opportunities. An estimate suggests that the ratio of institutional-to-retail investors is still low in Bangladesh, even relative to other emerging markets. Institutional investors bring long-term commitment and a greater focus on fundamentals and, hence, stability in the market.
  • Corporate governance of international standard is still lacking. Multinational corporations and institutions operating in Bangladesh often adhere to a very high international standard compliance regime. Parent companies of most of these corporations and institutions have their scrips listed in developed markets.
  • Unless the local market adheres to, and effectively enforces, a standard corporate governance system, there will not be a level-playing ground for international business houses vis-a-vis local operators. An important aspect for capital market is reflection of fair value of scrips. This is not adequately present in the current scenario, and due to this reason the market is not receiving the attention of an important segment of investors, both foreign and local. Investors are perhaps depending more on speculative analysis, resulting in volatility in the market, as opposed to fundamental analysis, which could attract more stable long-term investors who are sure about their investment tenure and expectations.
  • 1996 and now

  • The bull-run that took place in 1996 has left a number of positives for the market. A lot of investment-friendly regulatory reforms have been implemented by the SEC. We now have stronger surveillance and improved rules relating to public issue, rights issue, acquisition, mergers and so on. All these fundamental developments, which were well overdue, followed the1996 bull-run. It was a learning experience for Bangladesh, and the desired level of changes was initiated by the market watchdog subsequently.
  • In the secondary market, surveillance is more active and particular than before. These developments, that are widely appreciated, are actually the fundamental requirements that are in place today resulting from the continuous efforts of the government and multilateral agencies. Trading has now become automated, led by the Chittagong Stock Exchange through the central depository.
  • In the present automated trading environment, bids/offers, depth, and required broker. Particulars are all recorded and can be retrieved for future reference. The Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) was created in August 2000 to operate and maintain the Central Depository System (CDS) of Electronic Book Entry, recording and maintaining securities accounts and registering transfers of securities; changing the ownership without any physical movement or endorsement of certificates and execution of transfer instruments, as well as various other investor services including providing a platform for the secondary market trading of Treasury Bills and Government Bonds issued by the Bangladesh Bank.
  • The stock market surveillance mechanics in place at present has no resemblance to that of 1996.There are strict rules and guidelines, trading circuit breakers and international standard surveillance to protect investor rights and ensure fair play. The disclosure requirements and its timing for both listed scrips and IPOs as devised by the SEC are now more reflective of international practices. The SEC is also adopting new valuation methods that result in fair pricing of new issues. While there is still a lack of credible research organizations, a few firms like Asset and Investment Management Services of Bangladesh Ltd. (Aims) have come up, and they are investing in research and building up stock market related credentials.
  • The recent surge in the stock market
  • The Dhaka Stock Exchange Index was at a 10-year high in the 2007 year end (up 66 percent),which made it Asia’s top performer after China. The steady investment atmosphere prevailing throughout 2007 is considered to be one of the main reasons behind this surge. Good return prospects, stable market growth, and uninterrupted trading as a result of political stability attracted foreign investors to local securities. In 2007, foreign investors bought shares worth$205.7 million, while the amount of selling was $78.6 million, according to a DSE statistic. According to the DSE, in 2007, net foreign or portfolio investment on the Dhaka Stock Exchange surged 8.3x to $129 million.
  • The banking sector, followed by the power, pharmaceutical and cement sectors, received the most foreign investment. The caretaker government has also attracted investors by pledging to sell state enterprises. The state-owned companies — Jamuna Oil Company Ltd. and Meghna Petroleum Ltd. — debuted in the bourses early this month. Some analysts think that the market had been undervalued before the surge, and the uphill trend, therefore, played the role of an upward correction of the market. The P/E ratio now stands at 20x as compared to 14.1x for emerging markets. It seems sustainable if the planned big IPOs of a few SOEs and the top telecom companies take place.
  • 3.7Problems of Stock Markets in Bangladesh:
  • The unexpected rise and fall in share prices mostly followed from the general confidence of the investors about political stability, euphoria of investment in shares, prospect of quick capital gains, a vacuum in respect of institutional presence in the share market, monopolistic dominance of member brokers, inefficiency of the SECS to cape with the developments, existence to Kerb market, absence of proper application of circuit breaker etc. Delivery versus payment mechanism was used as one of the main vehicles of manipulation. Kerb market gave birth fake and forged share certificates. Although there are increasing trends in all the indicators, DSE, CSE are not free from problems, the problems of DSE, may be summarized as under.
  • Delays in Settlement:
  • Financing procedures and delivery of securities sometimes take an unusual long time for which the money is blocked from nothing.
  • Irregulations in Dividends:
  • Some companies do not hold Annual General Meeting (AGM) and eventually declare dividends that confused the shareholders about the financial positions of the company
  • Selection of Membership:
  • Some members being the directors of listed companies of DSE, CSE look for their own interest using their internal information of share market.
  • Improper financial statement:
  • Many companies do not focus real position of the company as some audit firms involve incorruption while preparing financial statements. As a result the shareholders as well as investors do not have any idea about position of that company.
  • Technical problems and political infighting
  • The concept of centralization of securities market has not been implemented that arises technical problems and political infighting.
  • Lack of monitoring activity
  • DSE does not regularly monitor the concerned houses, rather when dispute arises between the house and investor then it makes auditing activity. More over DSE tries to settle the dispute after any miss doing has been occurred. If DSE would have maintained strong monitoring activity then the level of dispute should have been minimum. Again when a house involves itself in excessive transaction then DSE looks for Tessa report from the concerned house. From my point of view I think if DSE would restrict the maximum amount of transaction for a concerned house for a particular day in order to give the capital market a good shape then such over documentation and complexity would have been minimum.
  • Lack of accountability
  • The concerning house has minimum accountability in real séance all most have no accountability toward DSE. Having grave this chance the authorize traders (of concern house) can easily cheat with investors. We can find the example of such activity when we look toward the activity of compliance dpt. of DSE (which deals with the complain of investors). Here we find the existence of lots of complain of investors concerning the shortage BO account. If DSE would have ensured proper accountability system of authorize traders then such kind phenomena (shortage account) would have no existence.
  • Inefficient human resource (membership concerning)
  • Most of the case we find the presence of minimum educated people working in the houses. Consequently they have lack of knowledge about concerning law, for this law dis abiding tendency is tremendous.
  • Necessity of over documentation in case of dispute settlement
  • DSE looks for various kind of documentation while making settlement of a dispute. This is time consuming and a complex process.
  • Lack of human resource in internal organogram of DSE
  • The required number of employees is lower than the existing number of employees. So that employees are to face tremendous pressure in working arena.
  • Communication gap with other concern parties
  • DSE has lower level of communication with other monitoring agencies like ICB, SEC, etc
  • 3.8Prospects of DSE
  • The capital markets in Asia are getting more and more focus with the growing corporatization of the Asian economies. Eastern Asia has progressed a lot with respect to attracting western companies to get listed in Asian bourses as well as supporting innovative instruments, and Southeast Asia is also coming up with India leading the way. Comparing the local market scenario with that of the rest of the region, Bangladesh is in pretty good shape as we have most of the infrastructure in place. Our market capitalization is relatively smaller and it currently stands at $9.3 billion, which is just over 13 percent of GDP. Higher liquidity is skewed towards a handful of scrips, while a stagnant situation exists for few less profitable issuers.
  • At present, the government is heavily focusing on developing a debt capital market. Such measures are certainly welcome as Bangladesh lacks a proper secondary market for bonds. The market is yet to support short-term capital requirements of corporations. Commercial Paper (CP)has not yet been tried primarily due to interest rate volatility and illiquid risk-free instruments that can be used as benchmark neither for short-term and hardly for long-term financing. It can, therefore, be said that we have a somewhat flat yield curve in Bangladesh at the moment. Debut trading of state-owned oil companies like Jamuna Oil Company Ltd and Meghna Petroleum Limited on the local bourses in January 2008 has spurred a lot of encouragement among investors.
  • This initiative taken by the government to list SOEs will increase market capitalization and improved liquidity.SEC is also contemplating the introduction of the book-building method in the valuation of IPOs in order to ensure a fair price within this year. This will encourage companies with sound financial health to come into the market. Regulatory pressures are mounting on telecom companies to get listed. It is estimated that the listing of the top telecom companies will attract more foreign investment, increase the market capitalization by few folds, and bring about higher standards of corporate governance. There is still huge potential in the market for securitization and other debt instruments like commercial papers and corporate bonds, and derivatives, which will help foreign investors, hedge their exposure.
  • NRB
  • A Bangladesh citizen living abroad with valid status
  • Either As foreign Country’s permanent resident or with valid work permit
  • In case of foreign passport holder an endorsement either from the relevant Bangladeshi embassy or from Bangladeshi foreign ministry stating that “No visa is required” for traveling to Bangladesh – as a proof of dual citizenship.
  • The benefits for Investing as NRB
  • Availing custodian services for individuals are difficult and expensive. So investment amount should be transferred either to Nominee or brokers trading account and then trade on secondary market either by nominee or personally by phone calls, fax, email etc. remembers, the buy sell order will have to be fax in within 24 hours in account in order personally. In the upcoming trading platform MSA Plus, brokers will have to be allowed to provide investor terminals to NRB investing to facilitate alive trading order placed.
  • BO account
  • BO account stands for beneficiary owners account. This is the account that holds your shares like in inbox holding all yours emails.
  • All share from new IPO’s and most of the secondary market shares are in electronic form and a BO account owned by the investor, hold the electronic share.
  • All NRB are requested to open a BO account through any one of the brokerage houses of DSE by filling required forms and submitting required document.
  • From where should an NRB open his account? Home or abroad!
  • Home
  • It’s easiest if the NRB is in Bangladesh to open the BO account for investment. All he/she has to do is to visit a preferred brokerage house and fill some forms and get the nominee and the POA to sing.
  • From then the NRB can go back abroad and continue applying for IPO’s or continue trading in the secondary market.
  • Very soon investor will be able to place buy/sell orders so their brokers online the new trading system
  • Abroad
  • If you are abroad and intend to open the BO account then you need to following step :
  • Collect the relevant forms from your preferred brokerage house via mail. Fill it up and get the introduce part attested by the local Bangladeshi Embassy as a proof of the NRB status by providing to them the require documents.
  • How to buy or sell
  • IPO application needs to be filled on a prescribe form. Such form can be obtain through mail, website from issuing company, or through broker etc.
  • The tax rates for NRB
  • There are no capital gain cash.
  • Individual income tax assessment is similar to any other reassessment Bangladeshi. Please go to
  • for detail of rates. NRB can submit tax return to local Bangladeshi embassy.
  • 10% at source of deducted by issuer in case of cash dividend
  • Flow chart of investment 

BO Account
Trading Account
Electronic Shares
NITA Account
FC Account
Buy Buy/Sell
Primary Market
Secondary Market
Bonus Shares
Cash Dividend

  • Note: If NRB is interested to avail custodian service then it is advisable to try to avail the service collectively. The custodian service provided by the local custodian in Bangladesh (HSBC Ltd., SCB Ltd., DBL, AB Bank Ltd. etc), (a list of available at the end) is done to whole sale window not retail. As such they are not comfortable to provide custodial service to individual in accost effective manner. The way to get collective custodial service is to conduct with fund manager or international global or custody service provider in your locality and conduct a custodian in Bangladesh through them. In this way you are free to individual level BO and order placement without an problem through the intermediary. This process will easily enable you to take part in the secondary market with proper legal channel for foreign currency in and out.
  • Common services provided by a custodian are:
  • The flow of investment activity may take place in the following form:

Fund Manager
International Broker
BO with CDBL
Global Custodian
Local Custodian
Local Broker
Local Stock Exchange

  • The NRB may take any of the [possible routes outline above to link to the local broker and custodian. Putting in more intermediaries increases cost but may provide more safety and single point communication for the foreign investor.
  • The foreign investor may take any of the possible routes outline above to link to the local broker or custodian. Putting in more intermediaries increase cost but may provide more safety and single point communication for the foreign investor.
  • What are the common services provided by custodians?
  • For DVP the broker sends sale confirmation to FI which is turn in communicated by FI to custodian. Then broker confirm payment amount and quantity of share involved with custodian. Then broker pays the custodian to receive the shares.
  • For RVP the broker sends by confirmation to FI which in turn is communicated by FI to custodian. Then broker confirm amount and shares involves with custodian for the transaction. After settlement with the exchange the broker deliver the shares to the custodian to receive payment for the shares.
  • BO account
  • BO account stands for beneficiary owners account
  • BO account hold share purchased or share credited due to corporate declaration.
  • Local investor
  • Overview of CDBL
  • Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) was incorporated on 20 th August 2000 sponsored by the country’s Nationalized Commercial Banks (NCBs), Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), Private Commercial Banks (PCBs), Foreign Banks, Merchant Banks, Publicly listed Companies, Insurance Companies and Dhaka & Chittagong Stock Exchanges with the collaboration of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • CDBL’s core services cover the efficient delivery, settlement and transfer of securities through computerized book entry system i.e. recording and maintaining securities accounts and registering transfer of securities; changing the ownership without any physical movement or endorsement of certificates and execution of transfer instruments. The Central Depository System (CDS) operated by CDBL has proved to be a convenient and reliable means to settle securities transaction. The investor has been freed from the hassles of physical handling of certificates, errors in paper work and the risks associated with damaged, lost and forged certificates.
  • Live operations of the CDS commenced with the inauguration of the Electronic Government Securities Registry (EGSR) by the Governor of Bangladesh Bank on 20thOctober 2003. The EGSR also serves as a platform for secondary market sale/purchase as well as Repo transactions of government securities to commercial banks linked online to the CDS. Equity market securities dematerialization process i.e. eliminating physical certificate as record of security ownership by substituting it as an electronic book entry record in the CDS commenced on 24th January 2004 with the entry of Square Pharmaceuticals Limited into the CDS.
  • Since 14th February 2003 CDBL has been acting as National Numbering Agency for International Securities Identification Number (ISIN)