Securities Trading - FAQs


How can I open a Securities trading Account?
  • Visit any of The Commercial Bank branches or the Securities Trading lounge to sign up. It is also available on www.cbinvest.qa or call 4449-5522 for more information.
  • If you are an existing Commercial Bank Internet banking user, you can register online for the brokerage services and our staff will get back to you.
Who can open a Securities Trading Account?
Anyone in an individual capacity – Qatari or Expat and Companies can open a securities trading account.
What are the requirements for a customer to set up this service and start trading?
  • NIN – National Investor Number:
    Each investor must have a NIN issued by Qatar Central Securities Depository (QCSD). For new applicant to QCSD (i.e. without a NIN), visit QCSD personally with your QID or Passport. Fee for issuing a NIN by QCSD is QR100 payable only by card.
  • Complete the CBFS Securities Trading Account Opening Form and provide the following:
    a. Valid Qatari ID (for Resident)
    b. Valid Passport (for Non-Resident only)
    c. Valid Certified Commercial Registration (for Companies) and the list of authorized signatories with a copy of their IDs / passports
  • Once the Account Opening Form is completed, hand it to any Commercial Bank branch or send the documents to our Brokerage Office (on the 2nd Floor, Grand Hamad Avenue) to be processed within 2 working days.
  • Once the Securities Trading Account (4998 - ******- 039) is opened, you will be able to transfer funds to this account.
Methods to trade
  • You can trade on the Qatar Stock Exchange by one of the following means:
    a)Through the online trading application – Login to Trade Direct on www.cbinvest.qa
    b) Through our mobile trading application.
    c) By telephone to the broker 44495050
    d)By Fax (+974 44119578)
    e)By completing a BUY or SELL order form
    You will receive a confirmation via SMS for every filled order.
How can I fund the Securities Trading Account?
  • Account transfer via Commercial Bank Internet Banking or Branches
  • Telex transfer from any bank
  • Cheque or Cash deposit at Commercial Bank branches
Can I sell shares bought through another broker?
  • For securities already settled and in the client’s name Yes, if you transfer all your holdings to the Central Depository held in Qatar Central Securities Depository to allow CBFS to sell your shares. If you have not transferred your holdings to the Central Depository with QCSD, you can only sell through the designated broker that you purchased the shares from. Alternatively, you can transfer your shares from the “purchased” broker to CBFS to facilitate the sale.
  • For securities pending settlement (i. e within T + 2 days) You cannot transfer shares to another broker if they are pending settlement. Hence, the sale must be transacted through the same “purchased” broker
How can I withdraw from my Securities Trading Account?
Withdrawal from the Securities Trading account can only be initiated from the online brokerage system if you are a Commercial Bank Account Holder or by request to the Brokers. Your preferred account (e.g. savings or current account with Commercial Bank) will be set up per your Nominated Account stated in your Application Form.
what is the commission rate for trading on the qatar stock exchange?
0.275% on the traded value subject to a minimum of QR 30 per trade.
Can I access my entire share portfolio in Qatar Stock Exchange through CBFS?
No, only the portfolio purchased through or transferred to CBFS. You can view your portfolio through the online application after logging in with your username and password. You can only access your entire share portfolio only through a request to QCSD.
Can I see and print my portfolio statement myself?
Yes, you can view all your holdings with CBFS which can be exported to pdf or excel and can be printed as well.
How is user and password name generated for Trade Direct?
A username and password will be generated and sent to you within two business days.
  • The password (which is one-time use only) will be emailed to your registered email address and the username will be sent via SMS to your registered mobile.
  • If you don’t have a Qatar Mobile/have an overseas number, your username will be provided to you over the phone while your password will be sent to your registered email.
  • At first login, you will be prompted to change your password
  • If you forget your password, call +974 4449 5522 to reset password
What hours does the market trade?
Sunday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with a ‘pre-open’ period from 9:00 a.m. till 9:30 a.m.


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