The SEC in a media statement, after its commissioners met brokers, decided to “remove the restriction on executive directors, employees, their spouses and their nominees of all licensed stock brokers and stock dealers from selling listed shares purchased from the secondary market for a period of six months from the date of purchase.”
The Commission also decided to lift the upper limit of 20 per cent imposed on the price of transactions carried out on the crossings board of the Colombo Stock Exchange and to re-establish the status quo that existed previously in the automated trading rules
It also decided to, “amend the net capital computation in order to relax the credit granted by stock broking companies to their clients. In that the stock brokers are now permitted to extend credit to their clients three times the adjusted net capital (ie net capital minus 50 per cent of fixed assets) without having to deductoutstanding debtors from net capital. However the stock brokers are required to compute the net capital adjusting all unsettled purchase transations (over T+3) to reflect the excess of cost over market value. Further stock brokers are required to ensure strict compliance with all rules and regulations applicable for extension of credit.”
Earlier the Commissioner under the chair of Thilak Karunaratne, who resigned under pressure, enforced these rules aimed at reducing alleged insider dealings and market manipulation.
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