We have heard all the silly reasons why commission rates have to be low because we are competing for business in a globalised world and also competing one brokerage against another. Sounds so logical and with good business sense. The lower one cuts the commission rate, the bigger will be the market share and the more profitable will be the business. Let me quote the commission rates of some major stock exchanges that Singaporeans are likely to be interested to know.
1. Hongkong – 0.25%
2. Malaysia – 0.85%
3. Australia, Europe, USA, UK, Japan, Shenzhen, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia – all at 1%
Looks like the only country that Singapore is competing for business based on lower commission rate is Hongkong. The rest of the world still charge 1%. Even Malaysia is charging 0.85%.
What is happening? Why like that one? Why are the rest of the world still doing their business as usual at 1% commission rate and did not lose their business to our near to free commission rate? Should not the rest of the world be rushing here to trade in the Singapore stock market or in the Hongkong stock market when the commission rates are the cheapest compared to their 1%?
Shhhhhhh, genius at work. Geniuses think like geniuses. They know things that no one else know. Just give them time. In the long run everything will be ok. The Singapore stock market is doing fine, real fine. Even the brokerages are doing real fine. And there is no need for remisiers or dealers. The stock market is designed that way. So the exodus of remisiers and dealers out of the industry is just normal.
Low commission rate is competitive and is good for business. Why is it that our stock market is now known as a moribund stock market, waiting to close shop, with remisiers and dealers leaving the industry? Maybe Singapore’s commission rate is still too high and can go lower to gain more market share and to bring the stock market to life again. Come to think of it, this must be the reason. The commission rate can go lower and the market will be roaring to life.
Yes, cut commission rate further. That is the way to go. This is the only solution I can think of to revive the business and the dying stock market. More people will start trading in stocks again. We can promote stock trading among the children too with no commission. Make our stock market the cheapest stock market in the world, not because the stocks are cheap but because the commission rate is negligible, is the cheapest in the world. The whole world will be rushing to trade in our stock market. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Lelong. The big Singapore Sale!
All those countries still insisting on 1% commission rate will soon go out of business if they did not cut their commission rates to stay competitive, and all their businesses will land up in this island. The future is so bright.