General enquiries of internet securities trading

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What can I trade through DBS iBanking?

You can trade stocks and warrants listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange via the Internet. To trade GEM stocks, you must first complete and sign additional documents.

What order types are available for trading?

You can place an "Enhanced Limit Order", "Stop Loss Order", "Market Order" or "At-auction Limit Order" via DBS iBanking.

If my order has only been partially filled, will the system fulfil my remaining quantity on the next business day?

No. The remaining order quantity will be automatically cancelled at day's end when the market closes.

How long will my orders stay valid during the trading day?

If your order is placed during trading hours and accepted by the SEHK, the order will be valid until the market closes on that trading day. However, if your order is rejected by the SEHK after its submission, the order will be invalid immediately upon such rejection and will not be re-submitted to the SEHK again.

You can also set your order expiry date from the list of dates provided under the "Good-till-date" function on the order placement page. Orders within the spreads* prescribed by the Bank for the relevant current market bid/offer prices will be sent to the SEHK for queuing during the specified order period until the end of the order expiry date unless such orders are cancelled by you.

* For ELO, only orders within 15 spreads of the current market bid/offer prices will be sent to the SEHK for queuing, whereas for ALO, only orders within 20 spreads will be sent to the SEHK for queuing. For ALO in CAS, the price limit would be depends on the permissible price limit determined by SEHK.

I have cancelled the order via an automated channel and got the message "The instruction has been accepted". Why was the order still executed?

It takes time for your instructions to route to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Your orders may have already been executed before the cancellation instruction could take effect.

What fees, levies, etc., will I be charged for trading?

Please refer to our Bank's Fee Schedule via www.dbs.com.hk under "Rates/Fees" > "Bank Charges".

Can I sell shares that were bought on the same trading day?

Yes. You can do so as long as the buying and selling was done through us.

Can I use the fund receivable from the stocks I sold to buy a new stock before the sold stocks settles on T+2* day?

Yes. Our system will first hold the amount required for your new buy order from the receivable funds of your sell order (before the stocks settle on T+2 day). If the amount of your buy order is larger than the amount of the receivable funds, the remaining balance will be held from your account to be debited according to your instruction. On T+2 day, the amount required for your buy order will be deducted from your settlement account and the remaining balance, if applicable, will be debited from the account you indicated.

* Participants of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are required to settle with the Central Clearing and Settlement System (CCASS) all transactions concluded through AMS/3 before 3:45 p.m. on the second Settlement Day following T-day (the transaction day). This day is known as T+2.

Will funds be withheld from my settlement account once my buy order is placed?

Yes. The required funds will be withheld from your settlement.

If you place an order within any of the below time periods, we will withhold the required funds from your settlement account on the commencement of the next business day. However, if you do not have sufficient fund in your settlement account on the next business day, your order will be rejected.

Monday to Saturday and Unexpected Holidays

9:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Sunday and Public Holiday

Full day

How can I check the available balance of my settlement account (i.e. Current Account) and the amount of receivable funds from the stocks I sold (before settlement on T+2 DAY)?

You can check these amounts under "Invest" > "Trade Securities" > "Main" > "Place Order" > "Quick Fund Transfer" of DBS iBanking.

Can I place an odd lot/special lot order via an automated channel? What is the brokerage charge for placing odd lot or special lot?

No. You can only place odd lot or special lot orders via our manned securities trading hotlines.

For brokerage charges, please refer to our Bank's Fee Schedule via www.dbs.com.hk under "Rates/Fees" > "Bank Charges" ("Brokerage Commission" under "Investment Services – Securities").

What is short selling? Can I short-sell with DBS?

Short selling means selling shares that you do not own. In compliance with Hong Kong regulatory requirements, the Bank does not allow short selling.

Can I trade with a joint securities account via DBS iBanking?

You can trade with your joint securities account via DBS iBanking by adding your joint account(s) to your DBS iBanking profile. To do so, please submit the completed DBS iBanking Application Form to a DBS branch.

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