To reduce risks for investors, the government will strengthen the screening process for companies applying to be listed on the stock market, and improve the transparency of listed companies, a government official said yesterday.
"We will be more cautious in inspecting the qualification of companies that apply to raise funds in the market in the future," said Lee Yung-san (
The exhibition, housing 220 booths, started yesterday at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall III. The show is open from 10am to 6pm and runs until Sunday. Admission is free
According to government figures, there are 460 companies listed on the Gretai Securities Market, and 337 on the Emerging Stock Market.
Lee said that, by and large, listed companies' performance this year has not been bad. The downturn in the electronics industry, however, has meant some share prices have tumbled to single-digit values, causing panic among investors.
Another concern for the market has been poor corporate governance among public companies. Several major financial scandals have been uncovered in larger companies listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange this year, such as those involving Procomp Informatics Co (博達科技) and Summit Computer Technology (皇統科技).
To regain investor confidence, the regulator will hold more events such as the exhibition and investor conferences for prospective investors to get more company information, Lee said.
To encourage investor interest, the GRETAI Securities Market, the organizer of the exhibition, will hold an investment contest in futures and options from Jan. 2 to Mar. 31. Participants are required to deposit at least NT$100,000 in an account and operate in the real market.
The winner will be those contestants reporting the highest yield in the designated period. The top prize is NT$1 million.
One noticeable exhibitor at the show is PC Home Online (
The company is scheduled to debut on the over-the-counter market on Jan. 24. It has offered 3.6 million shares through a four-day online auction with a floor price of NT$21.9 per share. The bidding will close today.
Vicky Tseng (
"The response is not as good as we expected ? I think investors still have doubts about online business, given the [sector's] previous meltdown," Tseng said.