What Is The Minimum Lot Size For The SGX?

SGX Minimum Lot Size

You’ve decided to invest in the SGX. You may just want to buy 1 share of a certain stock. However, you realise that you can’t actually do that!

This is because SGX has a minimum lot size for all of its listings.

So what are the minimum lot sizes that you can purchase a stock?

What is the minimum lot size for the SGX?

The standard lot size for Stocks, REITS and Business Trusts that are listed on the SGX is 100. This means you’ll have to purchase these securities in multiples of 100 for each trade you make.

However, the lot size for other products listed on the SGX may vary. For example, the American Depository Receipts (ADRs) are listed in lot sizes of 10 units.

Here is a table that shows the different lot sizes for other products on the SGX:

ProductBoard Lot Size
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)5 / 10 / 100
American Depository Receipts (ADRs)10
Fixed Income Instruments10 / 100 / 1,000

The minimum number of units that you can purchase depends on the product you’re purchasing.

Here is an in-depth explanation of the lot sizes found on the SGX:

The minimum lot size for stocks on the SGX is 100

For all Stocks, REITs or Business Trusts listed on the SGX, the minimum board lot size is 100. This is irregardless of the unit price of the stock.

There are around 705 stocks that are listed on the SGX.

The price of stocks listed on the SGX can just cost a few cents

There are a few stocks listed on the SGX that only cost a few cents. These include:

Stock NameStock TickerEstimated Unit Price
Mermaid MaritimeDU40.071
CFM5EB0.042
No Signboard1G60.035
Tritech5G90.017
Citicode5FH0.001

Investing in No Signboard Holdings (1G6) may seem very attractive. The minimum amount that you need to purchase the stock is just $3.50!

No Signboard Minimum Lot Size SGX Tiger Brokers

However, you’ll need to consider the trading volume of the stock as well. Even though you place a buy bid, you can’t buy the stock if no one is selling it!

Here is the volume chart for 1G6.

No Signboard Volume Bar SGX Tiger Brokers

You can see that the trading volume is very irregular. There are some days when the stock has a high volume of trading (like in late September 2020).

However, there are days when the trading volume is only a few thousands.

As such, this is something else you’ll need to consider when investing in stocks with low unit prices!

You can view my guide on how to read the volume bars to understand trading volume better.

Some stocks on the SGX can be much more expensive

On the other hand, there can be stocks that are very expensive as well. Here are the unit prices for some of the more expensive stocks on the SGX:

Stock NameStock TickerUnit Price
JMH USDJ36USD$57
JSH USDJ37USD$25
DBSD05SGD$25
UOBU11SGD$23
Jardine C&CC07SGD$21

If you want to buy 1 lot size for one of these stocks, the minimum initial investment can be quite costly.

For example, 1 lot of DBS will cost around $2.5k!

DBS Minimum Lot Size SGX Tiger Brokers

If you only have a small initial sum to invest, you can consider regular savings plans like OCBC BCIP or POEMS Shares Builder Plan.

These savings plans allow you to buy odd lots of certain stocks listed on the SGX. This makes investing in these stocks with high unit prices much more accessible!

The minimum lot size has been reduced from 1,000 to 100

The minimum lot size for SGX actually used to be 1,000. However, it has since been reduced to 100 in 2015.

This was a great move as it makes investing much more accessible for the retail investor. The minimum amount you need to invest has been decreased by 10 times!

Moreover, the reduction of the board lot size was shown to increase the trading activity in the SGX.

This is good news as lower lot sizes also give you greater flexibility. In the past, you could only invest in multiples of 1,000 units.

Now, you can do so in just multiples of 100 units!

How much is 1 lot of shares in Singapore?

The minimum lot size for shares in Singapore is 100. This applies for any shares listed on the SGX, including SIA or DBS.

How much is 1 lot of Singtel shares?

1 lot of Singtel shares can either be 10 or 100. This depends on which stock ticker (Z77 or Z74) you choose to purchase on the SGX.

If you wish to buy Singtel shares, you may buy the standard stock (Z74) which require you to purchase in multiples of 100 shares.

Z74 Tiger Brokers Minimum Units

However, Singtel actually has a ‘Singtel 10’ stock (Z77) which allows you to buy Singtel shares in lots of 10 units!

Singtel 10 Z77 Shares Minimum Lot Size

This makes Singtel shares more accessible if you do not have a large amount of money! You can view my comparison between Singtel and Singtel 10 to see which stock is better for you.

The minimum lot size for ETFs can range from 5-100

There are a total of 43 ETFs that are listed on the SGX. However, the minimum lot size for each ETF may vary between 5-100 units.

Here are some of the ETFs sorted based on their minimum lot size:

Minimum
Lot Size
ETF(s)
5SPDR Gold ETF (O87)
10STI ETF (ES3)
Lion-OCBC Hang Seng Tech ETF (HST)
Nikko AM STI ETF (G3B)
Nikko AM-STC Asia REIT ETF (CFA)
ICBC CSOP CGB ETF (CYC)
Nikko AM ABF SG Bond ETF (A35)
Nikko AM SGD IGBond ETF (MBH)
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (S27)
100iShares Barclays USD Asia
High Yield Bond ETF (O9P)
Lion-Phillip S-REIT ETF (CLR)
Phillip SING Income ETF (OVQ)

Based on this list, it seems that most ETFs have a minimum lot size of 10.

There also does not seem to be a correlation between the lot size and the unit price.

For example, CYC costs around $14 and has a minimum lot size of 10. Most of the other stocks with a minimum lot size of 10 have a unit price of around $1.

Meanwhile, OVQ has a unit price of around $1 as well, but the minimum lot size is 100!

As such, you may want to find out the minimum lot size of the ETF first before you invest in it.

Fixed income instruments can be traded in lot sizes between 10-1,000

SGX also lists fixed income instruments on their exchange.

The lot size of each bond can range from 10 units all the way to 1,000 units.

There are many bonds that are listed on the SGX. However, you can’t get access to them via most brokers.

One platform that allows you to trade bonds is FSMOne.

American Depository Receipts can be traded in lot sizes of 10

For American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), there is a fixed lot size of 10 units.

ADRs are a US security which represents the ownership of shares in a foreign company.

These ADRs can be traded freely just like any other stock.

MoneySense

There are 16 ADRs that are found on the SGX. Most of them come from Chinese companies, such as Baidu and HSBC.

You can trade odd lots on the SGX via the Unit Share Market

SGX only allows you to trade in multiples of between 5 to 1,000 units. However, there may be times when you receive an odd lot!

An odd lot is an order amount for a security that is less than the normal unit of trading for that particular asset.

Investopedia

One of the most common cases where you’ll own odd lots is when a company issues a share dividend.

Instead of issuing you a dividend in cash, they will issue you additional shares of the company.

SGX offers a Unit Share Market option that allows you to trade these odd lots. This market allows you to trade any odd lots that are less than the usual lot size on the SGX.

Some of the brokers that provide this feature include:

  1. POEMS
  2. Lim & Tan
  3. UTrade
  4. OCBC Securities
  5. DBS Vickers

You can find out more about selling odd lot shares with my guide.

You will have to consider the trading commissions you’ll incur

Some stocks may seem very cheap as you only need a small sum to invest.

For example, the Lion-OCBC Hang Seng Tech ETF costs around $1. With its minimum lot size of 10, all you need is around $10 to be invested in this ETF!

However, you will need to consider the trading commissions you’ll incur too. This commission is charged by the brokerage platform that you use.

Some of these brokerages charge you a minimum fee for each trade that you make. Here are some of the fees that they will charge (based on the cash upfront rates):

BrokerCommissionMinimum (SGD)
CGS-CIMB0.18%$18
OCBC Securities0.18%-0.275%$25
FSMOne0.08%$10
DBS Vickers0.18%-0.28%$25
Lim and Tan0.18%-0.28%$25
KGI Securities0.18%-0.275%$25
MayBank Kim Eng0.18%-0.275%$25
POEMS0.18%-0.28%$25
Utrade0.18%$18
Tiger Brokers0.08%None (Until
30 April 2021)

Most of the brokers in Singapore charge a minimum of between $18-$25. If you just invest in 10 units of the Hang Seng Tech ETF, your investment amount is less than the commissions you’re paying!

As such, it’s important to consider the minimum fees charged by each broker before you invest with them.

You may want to consider investing in Tiger Brokers which does not charge a minimum for SGX trades until 30 April 2021.

Conclusion

The minimum lot size for products listed on the SGX can range from anywhere from 5 to 1,000. This depends on which product you wish to purchase.

However, most products (especially stocks) will have a minimum lot size of 100.

The reduction of the board lot size has been a welcome one for most investors. This is because we are now able to buy stocks that have a higher unit price with a lower initial sum.

However, the minimum lot size is still much larger compared to the US markets or the London Stock Exchange. Both of these exchanges only require you to purchase a minimum of 1 unit!

As such, there is a long way more to go before the SGX can be truly accessible for most retail investors.


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