International Brokers available in Jordan
The Middle East is currently one of the fastest-growing regions in terms of new investors added to the market. Find out how to invest in the Amman Stock Exchange.
For all those investors who wish to buy international financial assets (and start investing straight away), the list above includes some of the best brokers offering trading platforms of financial instruments like CFDs on Shares, Indices, Commodities, ETFs, among other asset classes. Some of these Brokers have a minimum deposit of USD100; others have no minimum at all. So, they are quite accessible to the general public.
How To Invest in the Amman Stock Exchange in 6 steps
Pick a Broker: Brokers are the authorised intermediaries to trade financial assets on the Amman Stock Exchange.
Open a Trading Account with a local broker: The only requirement is to be of legal age and have a residence in Jordan. The broker will provide you with access to their investment platforms, allowing you to send purchase and sale orders to the Amman Stock Exchange's central system.
Choose the Financial Asset to Invest in: The investor has to decide whether to invest in shares, sovereign bonds, or corporate bonds.
After deciding, send a Buy order through the broker: This means that you have to submit a purchase order for a financial asset. It is possible to set a limit price or a market price of the selected asset.
The financial transaction is effective when the buy and sell prices match: When the bidding price (the buyer) of a financial asset coincides with the asking price (the seller), the trade gets executed. The Brokers make the payment at the Stock Exchange in your name, and they deliver the transaction amount to the buyer/seller. You become the legal owner of the asset.
The broker issues the transaction notification and charges fees: There is no fixed fee, which means that when choosing a broker to invest in the Amman Exchange, you will have to choose a broker that can better adapt to your investment strategy.
How does the Amman Stock Exchange work?
The Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) was established in March 1999 and is authorised to function as a regulated market to allow financial securities trading in Jordan. On February 20, 2017, the ASE was registered as a public shareholding company fully-owned by the government under the name "The Amman Stock Exchange Company (ASE Company)".
The ASE Company aims to operate, manage, and develop securities, commodities, and derivatives markets inside and outside Jordan. The ASE Company seeks to provide a healthy and secure environment to ensure the interaction of supply and demand forces for trading in securities in proper and fair trading practices and raising the awareness and knowledge of investing in the financial markets and defining the services provided by the ASE Company. To achieve its goals; the ASE Company sets its internal rules and regulations that will govern its management; also it will set the laws and regulations related to dealing in financial markets according to best international practices.
It's worth mentioning that transformation the ASE to a company is expected to enhance the role that the ASE plays in serving the national economy, and will enable it to offer better services, attract new companies and new clients, as well as enter into regional and international agreements with various parties to increase its market share regionally and internationally.
In short, the stock exchange is the institution that facilitates the negotiation of financial instruments in Jordan. The supply of financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, currencies, and the demand for these instruments (i.e. investors) interact.
The Stock Exchange holds daily "Trading Sessions", for which it provides the physical, technological, human, and operational means that allow efficient communication between Brokers, Issuers, and Investors.
What is a Securities Issuer?
Issuers of securities are companies that seek to grow through raising capital at the Amman Stock Exchange. These companies raise capital by issuing debt (bonds) or capital (shares). Issuers of securities may be government-controlled entities or private companies, but no matter who owns the company, it is the issuer who backs the investment.
For example, if you invested in bonds from a private company, the company will be required to pay the principal and interests to the bond investors.
How is a Trade completed in the Stock Exchange?
A trade, or, in other words, the investment flow of any financial instrument, could be summarised as follows:
Sellers (supply) offer to sell a financial instrument at a price, for example, a bond issued by a company. Sellers aim to make this price as high as possible (Price 1).
Investors (demand) who wish to obtain the bond make an offer at a determined price level. They want this price to be as low as possible (Price 2). Then, Price 1 is higher than Price 2.
Buyers interact with sellers until they are at the point where Price 1 equals Price 2. When this occurs, the trade occurs, and the bond exchanges hands between the seller and the buyer. A broker is needed to fulfil this transaction: A broker is a company that mediates between sellers and buyers, ordering prices and quantities of financial instruments. Below we explain the services that these companies provide.
What is a Stock Exchange Broker?
Financial Transactions should be fulfilled through a company that works as an intermediary between investors and sellers. These intermediaries are known as Brokers.
Through complex technological tools, brokers manage transactions between investors, ordering the purchase and sale orders of financial assets by price and by order of arrival. By performing this service, they obtain a commission when, for example, executing buying a share.
To invest in the Amman Exchange, an investor needs to open an account with a local Broker.
Investing in International Financial Assets [From Jordan]
As we have mentioned many times in this guide, financial assets have to be traded through a Broker. In the case that you decide to open an account with a broker who operates in the Amman Exchange, you will be allowed to trade assets listed locally only.
If you, in turn, decide to open an account with an international Broker, you may invest in countless global assets. In other words, you can invest in international financial assets such as stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange from Jordan through an international Broker.
The job of an international Broker is to connect their clients with international Stock Exchanges. In other words, if a client intends to buy Apple shares (listed in the NYSE, New York Stock Exchange), the broker acquires the shares in the client's name and deposits the values in the client's trading account. In general, almost all International Brokers provide access to Exchanges from the United States, Canada, the UK, Japan, Switzerland, and Europe.
Opening an account with an international broker is usually an online process, and you can trade the financial markets from your phone in just a few days.