The internet has served as a lot of purpose for the past years. It hasn’t just been useful for communication and information access, it has helped a lot of people including us, investors. Isn’t it very convenient to view companies’ financial statements online? Their performance for the previous years? Their earnings? Their drawbacks? The online world opens up new doors for investment and saving, including, of course, is the trading. Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) disclosed that due to the rise of online trading, the stock market accounts reached beyond the 1 million target set in 2018. Good thing investors have found a way to use the internet in a great manner!
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It has been reported that by the end of 2018, stock market accounts were 1.089 million or 25.4% higher than the 868,810 accounts existing by the end of 2017. This significant growth can be attributed to the increase in online accounts which is 60.9% than in 2017. To be exact, from 388,864 accounts, it moved up to 625,763. Better letter than never, isn’t it? The 1-million accounts target has been long waiting before it was reached. It may seem like it is a late bloomer but it’s good news knowing that more and more people are switching to convenient online trading. It can be noted as well that the catalyst for the fast growth of stock market investor is the use of online trading for the past 5 years.
The number of stock market accounts mentioned above, which is 1.089 million, can be broken down into different categories. 97.5% of this accounts to retail investors while the 2.5% remaining are institutional investors. 98.4% of the accounts are owned by domestic investors while the balance is for foreign investors. It was also showed that 51.6% of the owners of the account are male while 48.4% are female. This ratio has been changed from 54.6% and 45.5% respectively. In terms of age, the biggest percentage, which is 43.1%, accounts to investors with ages 30 to 40 years. 21.5%, 21.5%,13.9% are investors who are 18 to 29 years old, 45 to 59 years old, and 60 and above respectively. It seems like our investors today come from different generations!
Never forget about learning how to invest first. Investing in knowledge is the greatest investment you could ever attain in your life. As the number of stock investors increases, the need for investment literacy grows as well. To address the need, PSE said that they strengthen their investment literacy effort, not just to help investors but to reach the next million stock investors as well. It’s a good thing that we are expecting more and more people joining the market as they learn how to use the internet and their knowledge altogether.