Dissecting Trading Statements of Malawian Listed Companies
11 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 17, 2015
Malawi Stock Exchange Listing Rules require that listed companies should publish trading statements within thirty days prior to reporting period if profit will differ by about 20% from similar previous reporting period. The purpose of the trading statement is to alert users of the financial statements of any changes in the profitability of a reporting entity and aid in making informed decisions.
This study has however observed that in the current form and prevailing conditions, trading statements are misleading and do not serve any purpose as they appear not enforceable and there is confusion as to when trading statements must be issued out. Some entities have never issued trading statements since the listing raising doubt on their usability. The study therefore concludes that Malawi Stock Exchange should abolish listing rule for publication of trading statements but rather enforce earnings announcement periods to bring sanity to the sole capital market.
Keywords: Malawi, Trading, Statement, Stock Exchange, earnings, announcement
JEL Classification: D81, E37, E39, G14
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