How can expats invest in the Qatar Stock Exchange?

How can expats invest in the Qatar Stock Exchange?

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By QLNews

Investing in the stock market is a great way to diversify your portfolio and mitigate some of its associated risks.

If you are an expatriate and miss the thrill of successfully trading stocks in your home country, you have reasons to be happy. Expatriates living in Qatar can trade in equities through the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), which was established in 1995.

The Qatar Financial Markets Authority regulates QSE and ensures the exchange complies with all market regulations. Over the years, the QSE has become one of the Gulf region's most active and prominent stock markets.

Benefits of investing in the QSE…

Qatar boasts of a rapidly expanding economy. One can take part in the country’s growth story by investing through the QSE. It helps one tap into some of the country’s most thriving sectors — energy, infrastructure, and finance. Diversification by investing in different sectors will also help mitigate one’s risk.

As Qatari companies grow, one’s investment will grow with them. Company dividends could also be a steady source of income.

STEPS TO BEGIN YOUR INVESTING JOURNEY…
1. Start a Bank Account

Opening a bank account is the first step to beginning your stock market journey in Qatar. A variety of local banks that provide stock broking facilities—in the public or private sector—can be used to open the account. It is advisable to select a bank that seamlessly helps you trade and manage your investments.

2. Get a National Investor Number (NIN)

This is one of the most important steps that should be completed to invest in the QSE. NIN is a unique identifier issued by the Qatar Central Securities Depository and Registration. NIN is important as it tracks and records all your stock trading activities and holdings. Here is a comprehensive list of things to keep in mind while applying for NIN.

3. Select a trading account with a local brokerage

To start a stock market investment journey, one should open a trading account with one of seven approved brokerage firms in Qatar: The Group, Dlala Brokerage, Qatar Securities Company, Wasata Financial Securities, QNB Financial Services, Commercial Bank Financial Service, or Ahli Brokerage Company. These firms will act as an individual’s financial intermediary for all trading activities on the QSE.

When choosing a brokerage, consider trading fees, available research tools, prompt customer support, and the user-friendliness of the trading platform.

4. Charge your trading account with money…

Once you have opened a trading account with a brokerage, the next step is to charge it with money. You can deposit money from your connected bank account, and it will act as the capital for purchasing shares on the QSE. In addition to the cost of the share, there could also be associated transaction costs, including brokerage fees and taxes.

5. Choose which type of investment you would like to make
A. Shares 

There are different ways to invest in the QSE. The easiest, most popular, and direct way is to buy shares of listed companies. At the moment, 52 companies are listed in the QSE.

B. Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) 

Investing in ETFs would be a good option for people who are averse to taking risks. ETFs, which are investment funds that hold a diversified portfolio of stocks, offer people a way to invest in a broad market index or a specific sector. They are traded in the QSE, just like regular stocks, and are very liquid. There are two main options to choose from: Qatar Exchange Traded Fund and Al Rayyan Qatar ETF.  

C. Real Estate Investment trusts (REIT) 

REITs are unit investments in commercial real estate portfolios, providing a different investment opportunity

D. Other investment options

Qatar Government Bonds and Qatar Treasury Bills are two modes of investment. Mutual funds, which pool money from multiple investors to invest in a diversified portfolio of stocks or bonds, can also be considered.

6. Thoroughly research QSE-listed companies

Research listed companies in the QSE by examining their past performances, current situation, and future potential. Industry trends should also be considered.

7. Monitor your investments

Once invested, one should constantly monitor one’s portfolio for performance. One should stay vigilant and informed about the latest market developments, lest they impact the performance of one's holdings. Timely adjustments should be made to maximize portfolio growth.

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