SECP approves Internet Trading Regulations for KSE


Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has approved the Internet Trading Regulations for Karachi Stock Exchange to ensure effective and improved monitoring of internet based trading activities offered by brokers in the local capital market. Under the regulatory framework, any member registered with SECP as broker will be eligible to apply to the stock exchange for providing internet based trading services subject to fulfillment of minimum conditions as prescribed.
The implementation of these regulations will not only benefits the investors in terms of efficiency and ease of trade execution with appropriate risk management, but will also contribute positively in expanding the existing limited market outreach. The regulations comprehensively cover various aspects of internet based trading activities while effectively addressing issues unique to this segment including risks management, delays and outages in brokers’ internet based system, security and privacy of investors’ accounts. The regulations framed in line with international best practices will replace the Internet Trading Guidelines issued by the regulator earlier in the year 2005. The earlier guidelines did not adequately cater for the latest development in information technology globe witnessed over the period and needed to be replaced with the new regulations for effective enforcement and compliance by market intermediaries.