Women Participation reducing on Stock Market
The number of women investors in Bangladesh’s stock market has been lessening for the past few years. Even though more than half of the total population of Bangladesh are women, the participation of women in the stock market investment is less than 1 percent.
The regulatory body says that women are being encouraged or motivated by the commission to move toward the stock market. And the market people think that if the participation of women can be increased, a huge amount of money will be added to Bangladesh’s capital market.
The data of Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) says that the number of women investors in the capital market of the country has decreased in the last 5 years.
According to the sources of CDBL, in January 2018, the total number of BO accounts in the capital market was 27 lakhs 10 thousand 586. Among them, the amount of BO accounts of women investors was 7 lahks 21 thousand 606. 26.62 percent of the total BO accounts in the country were women investors that year. The participation of women investors in the capital market has changed in a span of 5 years. At the end of 2022, against the total of 18 lakh 44 thousand 914 BO calculations, women’s BO calculation was 4 lakh 44 thousand 24 or 24.66 percent.
Previous 4 years, women investors have been reducing in the country’s stock market. In 2019, women accounted for 26.74 percent of total investors. In 2020, the number of women investors decreased to 26.01 percent. And in 2021, the number of women’s birth count decreased to 25.12 percent and at the end of 2022, it decreased to 24.66 percent. Currently, it has further dropped to 24.64 percent.
According to the 2022 census preliminary report, the total number of women in the country is 81.7 million 12 thousand 824, which is more than men. On the contrary, the participation of women in the country’s stock market is only 0.54 percent.
There is no accurate information about the number of women workers in the capital market-related institutions of the country. However, the regulatory body Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) and two stock exchanges tried to find out about the participation of women workers.
It is known that for the first time in the capital market regulatory body, the professor of the law department of Dhaka University has been appointed as a female commissioner. Dr. Rumana Islam. She was appointed as the commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 8, 2022. Presently there are 37 women officers and employees including one commissioner. The BSEC spokesperson claimed that the figure was more than 30 percent as a percentage.
On the other hand, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), has 367 employees. Among them, a woman has been appointed as a director on the board of directors of DSE. Just Recently BSEC appointed Rubaba Dowla, the country director of Oracle Bangladesh, as the director of DSE. There are 50 women or 13.62 percent of the total workforce in the Dhaka Stock Exchange. Another capital market Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has 13 or 16.88 percent of 77 employees.
When asked, the executive director and spokesperson of the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) Md. Rezaul Karim told Orthosongbad, said. Rezaul Karim told Orthosongbad that there are various awareness programs for women investors in the capital market. Every year on International Women’s Day, BSEC organizes various programs for the participation of women.
Md. Rezaul Karim said that the participation of women in the capital market in the developed countries of the world is significant. There are about 8 crore women investors in the capital market of our neighboring country India. More than half of the total population of our country is women. But compared to that, the participation of women in the country’s capital market is very less. We are encouraging housewives, women students and women entrepreneurs by organizing various awareness programs to increase the participation of women in the capital market.
Rezaul Karim said about the job opportunities of women in the capital market, the commission is trying to increase the participation of women in the institutions centered on the capital market. There are quotas set by the government for women in recruitment to various institutions including BSEC, DSE, CSE and CDBL. Also, the commission always encourages all concerned to have significant participation of women in other capital market-oriented institutions.
Hakkani Pulp’s Sponsor to sell 50k shares: DSE
One of the listed companies Hakkani Pulp & Paper Mills Limited from the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), Hosne Ara Begum, a sponsor director has expressed the intention to sell 50,000 shares from her holdings in the company at the prevailing market price in the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE).
All the shares will be sold on the block market within the next 30 working days.
As of Persent, Hosne Ara Begum is holding 10,91,666 shares of the company.
The company was listed on the stock exchange in 2001, and its main goals are to manufacture various types of pulp, paper, and tissue products.
The board of the company recommended a 1% cash dividend for its general shareholders other than sponsors or directors, for fiscal 2021-22.
As of 28 February 2023, sponsors and directors held 44.69 percent of the company’s shares, institutional investors 2.87 percent, and general investors 52.44 percent.
The last trading share price of the company at the Dhaka stock exchange was Tk 53.20 till 1:56 pm Tuesday (28 March).
Bourse on Red
Dhaka Stock Exchange DSE, Bourses on the second working day of the week, March 28, ended with price index & turnover drops.
This information is known from DSE sources.
272 crores 5 lakh shares were traded in DSE on this day. 45 crores 54 lakhs less trading was done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, 27 March, Shares worth Tk 317 crores 60 lakh shares were traded in DSE last time, Monday.
The benchmark index DSEX dropped 11.83 points or 6,193. The Shariah-based index DSES shed 4.06 points or 1,345, and the blue-chip index DS30 lost 4.70 points or 2,205.
Of the issues traded, 28 advanced, 56 declined, and 201 remained unchanged.
Legacy Footwear Limited ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 6.0 paisa or 9.71 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 67.80 paisa.
On the other hand, Jute Spinners Ltd ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 17.7 paisa or 6.76 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 246.30 paisa.
DSE topped on trade eastern Housing Limtied 20 crores 42 lakh 72 thousand takas of shares of the company have been traded.
A total of 52 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on Dhaka Stock Exchange, 52 lakh 48 thousand 57 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 30 crore 71 lakh taka.
Pioneer Insurance discloses its Dividends
One of the Listed Companies, Pioneer Insurance Company Limited has recommended 25 percent cash & 5 percent stock Dividend to its investors for the Financial Year ending December 31, 2022.
This source is known from DSE.
The Company has reported EPS (after tax) of Tk 6.09 paisa, NAV per share of Tk 46.88 for the year ended December 31, 2022, as against EPS of Tk 6.93 paisa (restated).
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company will be held on May 31 through the digital platform. The record date for this has been fixed at April 27.
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