Long history of small investors being sidelined

Deputy business editor Dennis Chan has again found it necessary to make an impassioned plea in the name of small investors (SGX needs to give a bigger lift to small investors; April 15).

Indeed, disdain and disregard for the small fry can be traced back decades.

Retail investors usually get the short end of the stick, with many believing the playing field is tilted too heavily against them.

The greater emphasis on big players like institutions has caused many individuals to abandon stocks.

Small punters can also justifiably be excused for not taking kindly to the changes and modifications in trading rules that were introduced, with increased costs in a two-way transaction being a distinct disincentive.

It remains to be seen if the minnows can be persuaded to return, and be safe from the whales and piranhas in the same waters.

Narayana Narayana

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Long history of small investors being sidelined'. Print Edition | Subscribe