Become an Investor

Guide to Trading on the QSE

Understanding the basics is important when it comes to trading on the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE). Equally so, investing wisely on QSE requires information and education. The guide below will aid the investor on the essentials of trading shares on QSE. To get started, select one of the topics below. To familiarize yourself with all of the terminology, we recommend you checking our Glossary section.

To Get Started

Without a stockbroker, you are not able to trade in the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE). Your stockbroker is an essential player, who will act as the intermediary for all of your trading and brokerage transactions. At present, QSE has licensed (8) stockbroker firms. To begin trading on QSE, it is mandatory for a potential investor, whether an individual (local or foreign), a company or any other establishments, to get registered at Qatar Central Securities Depository. For complete instructions on how to register, click on How to Open an Account. Once you are registered with Qatar Central Securities Depository as an investor, in other words you have obtained an Investor Card bearing an “NIN” (National Identification Number), you are eligible to begin buying and selling listed shares.

Buying & Selling Listed Shares

Once you are registered with the Qatar Central Securities Depository and have chosen a stockbroker, you can be active on the exchange. It is crucial, once you decided to sell or buy securities, to provide your broker with precise and complete instructions in order for your broker to execute your transaction properly and in a timely manner. When giving a buy order to your stockbroker, you must specify the following requirements:

  • The time validity of your order
  • The name of the company in which you want to invest
  • The price per share at which you are willing to buy
  • The number of shares you wish to buy

Similarly, when given a selling order to your stockbroker, you must specify the following requirements:

  • The time validity of your order
  • The name of the company in which you want to sell
  • The price per share at which you wish to sell
  • The number of shares you wish to sell

Completing a Transaction

Once your transaction (buying/selling) is complete, your broker will send you a notification on the date of execution. You can obtain a Statement of Account which reflects all of your brokerage activities. Your broker firm will request payment for any share dealings before order execution. If you are selling shares, your broker will issue a check after the date of sale. Please contact your brokerage firms for additional details.

Monitoring your Investment Portfolio

As an investor, you can monitor the performance of your investment portfolio regularly. QSE offers several ways for monitoring the performance of your investment. You can stay informed either in real time, by viewing real prices on the QSE website, or by obtaining delayed information utilizing the below options:

  • Access stock prices movements via computer terminals at any time.
  • Obtain share prices on local daily newspapers
  • View our daily, weekly, monthly and yearly bulletin and publication published on our website
  • Review the listed company’s quarterly, semi-annual and yearly annual reports
  • Monitor the QSE Index on a regular basis as the index reflects the overall market performance

Advantage of Owning Shares

Stocks (also referred to as equity or shares) represent ownership in a company with specific rights, including the ability to “share” in the profits of the company. Some of the advantages of owning stocks are:

  • Income flow (Cash + Stock Dividends)
  • Long-Term Growth (Price Appreciation Potential)
  • Liquidity (Can be converted into Cash)
  • Low Transaction Costs (Low Cost Compared to other Investment vehicles)
  • No Income Taxes
  • Risk can be diversified (allocation of your portfolio among different stocks and/or sectors will reduce the overall risk of your portfolio)

Risk of Owning Shares

Every type of investment vehicle carries a certain degree of risk. The degree of risk differs from investment to investment. The risk involved in investing in stocks can be classified into two main categories:

  • Systematic Risk (market related risk or undiversifiable risk)
  • Unsystematic Risk (specific risk or diversifiable risk)

Cost of Trading Shares

The total cost of trading shares includes brokerage commission and fees for any additional services. For a complete list of fees, please contact your brokerage firm for details.