Step-By-Step Guide: Opening A CDP And Stock Trading / Brokerage Account In Singapore
Assuming you have read through the basics of investing and are now ready for the real deal — to actually start investing…
This article will bring you a step closer to investing in your first-ever stock.
What Is A Brokerage Account And How Does It Work?
Before investing in your first stock, one will need to open a brokerage account.
A brokerage account is a type of account that allows you to buy and sell your investment products, mainly stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), real estate investment trusts (REITs), and certain bonds.
Brokerage accounts act as a middle platform that allows you to invest through it.
In Singapore, one will need a CDP account and a brokerage account to invest.
As such, here us a step-by-step guide to opening your CDP account.
What Is A CDP Account And How Does It Work?
Before opening a brokerage account, one needs to open a CDP account first.
The Central Depository Account, or commonly known as CDP, is an account to safe keep all the shares you bought through the open market.
Operated by the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX), a CDP acts as a safe for all your stocks.
Stocks and bonds that one buys on the SGX are deposited into his/her personal CDP account.
Steps to Open a Brokerage Account in Singapore
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Open A Central Depository Account (CDP) Direct Securities Account
Here are the basics of what you need to know about how to open a CDP account.
1. Have a Bank Account With a Local Bank
To open an individual CDP Securities Account, one is required to have a bank account with one of the following banks in Singapore:
- Standard Chartered Bank
Do also note that one needs to be at least 18 years old and not an undischarged bankrupt before he goes on to the next step.
2. Fill Up An Application Form
There is now a faster method to open your CDP account.
Since November 2019, you can choose to open a CDP account online and get your account sorted out within 15 minutes.
Source: SGX Facebook post
To apply for your CDP account online, you can click here.
For investors who already have a bank account with the list of banks stated, simply fill up this online application form.
Everything is really convenient now, where one can simply open a CDP account online using MyInfo or an online form.
3. Ensure You Have The Supporting Documents Required
Before you dive in and start filling up all the information in the application form, ensure that you have these supporting documents with you.
There will be official information that you need to submit when opening a CDP account.
Here’s a set of supporting documents you need when opening your CDP account:
- Your NRIC/ Singapore Armed Forced Identity Card/ Singapore Police Force Identity Card/ Malaysia Identification Card/ Passport
- One of the following documents or e-statements (dated within the last 3 months)
– Bank statement from any Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) licensed banks; or
– Central Provident Fund (CPF) statement; or
– Latest Notice of Assessment for Income tax
- A Singapore Bank Account
- Photographed/ Scanned copy of your signature
- Tax Identification Number (TIN) for tax residency status outside Singapore
– Country/ Region of Tax Residency
- Tax Identification Number (TIN)
- Completed Form-W9
For application through a broker, the supporting documents needed are:
- Photocopy of NRIC/ Singapore Armed Forced Identity Card/ Singapore Police Force Identity Card/ Malaysia Identification Card/ Passport
4. Application Through Mail or Brokerage firms
Application Through Mail
If you prefer to apply for your CDP account by mail, here’s where you can mail the application form to.
Mail the signed application form and supporting documents to:
The Central Depository (Pte) Limited
11 North Buona Vista Drive
The Metropolis Tower 2
Or simply head down to SGX CDP Customer Service
Mondays to Fridays – 8.30am to 5.00pm
Saturdays – 8.30am to 12.00pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Peak Periods to Avoid
Mondays to Fridays: 11.00am to 2.00pm; and Saturdays
After that, one can set up an account with their preferred local brokerage firms and start investing!
Application through a brokerage firm
Most of the brokerage firms in Singapore should be able to help their customers with their CDP account applications when they set up a brokerage account.
Below are the lists of retail brokers that can help you do so:
- CIMB Securities
- DBS Vickers Securities
- iFAST Singapore
- KGI Securities
- Lim & Tan Securities
- Maybank Kim Eng
- OCBC Securities
- POEMS by PhillipCapital
- RHB Securities Singapore
- UOB Kay Hian
Once you have opened your CDP account, you can log in to the SGX Investor Portal via SingPass to view your stock portfolio and account statements.
Brokerage/ Stock trading Account: Factors To Consider
There are a few factors to consider when choosing the best brokerage/ stock trading account.
- Market access
For an investor looking to invest in foreign exchanges, market access to the rest of the exchanges will be a key factor of consideration.
- Trading fees/ Commission fees
We did a comparison for our readers a while back.
Stock Brokerage/ Trading platforms (online) Fees Comparison in Singapore
Brokerages Firm Minimum Fees
Trading Fees (based on contract amount)
Up to $50,000 $50K to $100K $100K Stock Holding: CDP KGI Securities
$25 0.275% 0.22% 0.18% CGS-CIMB Securities $25 0.275% 0.22% 0.18% DBS Vickers $25 0.28% 0.22% 0.18% Maybank Kim Eng $25 0.275% 0.22% 0.18% Lim & Tan Securities $25 0.28% 0.22% 0.18% Phillips Securities (Poems) $25 0.28% 0.22% 0.18% OCBC Securities $25 0.275% 0.22% 0.18% UOB KayHian $25 0.275% 0.22% 0.20% RHB Securities
$25 0.275% 0.22% 0.18% Stock Holding: Custodian FSMOne.com $10 0.08% Citibank $28 0.25% 0.20% 0.18% Standard Chartered $10 0.20% Saxo Capital Markets $5 0.08%
Stock Brokerage/ Trading platforms (Broker Assisted) Fees Comparison
Minimum Fees Trading Fees (based on contract amount)
<$50K $50K to $100K >$100K KGI Securities
$40 0.50% 0.40% 0.25% CGS-CIMB Securities $40 0.50% 0.40% 0.25% Citibank $50 0.50% 0.50% 0.40% DBS Vickers $40 0.375% 0.30% 0.225% Maybank Kim Eng $40 0.50% 0.40% 0.25% Lim & Tan Securities $40 0.50% 0.40% 0.25% Phillips Securities (Poems) $40 0.50% 0.40% 0.25% OCBC Securities $40 0.50% 0.40% 0.25% RHB Securities
$40 0.50% 0.40% 0.25%
Stock Brokerage/ Trading platforms (Cash Upfront) Comparison
Minimum Fees Trading Fees KGI Connex $25 0.18% CGS-CIMB Securities $18 0.18% DBS Vickers $10 0.12% Lim & Tan Securities $18 0.18% Maybank Kim Eng $10 0.12% Phillips Securities
No minimum 0.12%
(0.08% if you trade more than $250,000)
OCBC Securities $18 0.18% UOB KayHian $10 0.12% FSMOne.com $10 0.08%
Further Reading: How to get your Central Provident Fund (CPF) statement
To obtain your CPF statement, simply head over to the CPF Website:
Simply head over to log in with your SingPass ID after that to obtain your statement.
Further Reading: How to get your Latest Notice of Assessment for Income tax
To get your latest Notice of Assessment for Income Tax, simply head over to the IRAS Website
From there, simply log in for Personal Tax Matters using your SingPass or IRAS PIN to obtain your latest Notice of Assessment for Income Tax.
How To Open a CDP Account or Brokerage Account and Start Investing in Singapore
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