It’s finally happening. After more than 2 years of planning to extend trading hours, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) will implement starting next week an additional one (1) hour before fully extending trading hours to 3:30 p.m. by January 2012.
The PSE announced that effective Monday, October 3, stock trading in the local bourse will last until 1 p.m. Currently the Philippines is one of the countries in the world with the shortest trading hours — that is, only 2 and 1/2 hours, running from 9:30 a.m. until 12:10 p.m.
The move to have longer time for trading is meant to prepare the local stock market with the planned cross-border trading with other Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.