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NSE Receives Regulatory Approval To Initiate Day Trading

Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)
Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) / Courtesy

The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has received approval from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to initiate day trading. The rollout of day trading will go live on November 22, 2021 as part of NSE’s strategy to enhance market liquidity.

Day trading refers to the practice of purchasing and selling a security within a single day or trading session or multiple times over the course of the day. To complement this milestone, the NSE Board approved an incentive structure whereby investors who participate in day trades will receive a discount on the second leg of the transaction which will be levied at 0.114% compared to normal trades which are levied at 0.12% .

This benefit will be enjoyed by the investor directly through their trading accounts. The NSE has since championed the requisite infrastructure enhancements to ensure that this is achieved.

This milestone is a culmination of the investment in technology whereby the NSE commissioned a new trading system in October 2019 that enabled separation of the trading and post trading activities.

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The separation effectively enables the introduction of new products including Covered Short Selling and Day Trading which will revolutionize the capital markets and strengthen NSE’s position as the preferred investment hub in the region.

“Day trading is a welcome move for local investors who have previously lobbied for the activation of the intraday trading, as they seek to take advantage of intraday price movements and increase their profit margins. We are confident of a bullish market performance going forward.” noted Mr. Geoffrey Odundo the Chief Executive, NSE.

Commenting on the approval the NSE Chairman, Mr. Kiprono Kittony EBS noted that,” Day trading will allow investors to trade on one position, two or three times per day. This will significantly increase our turnovers and attract more investors to the bourse, further entrenching the NSE as an innovative and transformational Exchange in the region.”

The introduction of day trading is part of NSE’s strategic objective to enhance liquidity. Equally, it is an extension of ongoing initiatives to increase investor participation in the market which has also seen the introduction of the Unquoted Securities Platform (USP) earlier this year.

The successful roll out of the new initiatives is tipped to firm up the rebound of the NSE after the drastic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NSE 25 Share Index hit a 12 month high of 4,075 points in August this year recording a record market capitalization of Kes. 2.9 trillion. The increasing market activity is an indicator that the companies listed at the Exchange are growing steadily and a reflection of the positive future outlook across the various sectors in the economy.

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Written by Francis Muli

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