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Dhaka Stock Exchange

The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) (Bengali: ঢাকা স্টক এক্সচেঞ্জ Dhaka stôk ekschenj), located in Nikunja, Dhaka, is one of the two stock exchanges of Bangladesh, the other being the Chittagong Stock Exchange. In 2021, the combined market capitalisation of listed companies on the Dhaka bourse stood at over $68 billion



First incorporated as East Pakistan Stock Exchange Association Ltd on 28 April 1954 and started formal trading in 1956. It was renamed as East Pakistan Stock Exchange Ltd on 23 June 1962. Again renamed as Dacca Stock Exchange Ltd on 13 May 1964. After the liberation war in 1971 the trading was discontinued for five years. In 1976 trading restarted in Bangladesh, on 16 September 1986 DSE was started. The formula for calculating DSE all share price index was changed according to IFC on 1 November 1993. The automated trading was initiated on 10 August 1998 and started on 1 January 2001. A Central Securities Depository System was initiated on 24 January 2004.

As of 16 November 2009, the benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) crossed 4000 points for the first time, setting another new high at 4148 points. In 2010, the index crossed 8500 points and finally crashed in the first quarter of 2011. Millions of investors lost their money and came out onto the street blaming the speculators and regulators for the bubble that finally burst in what became known as the 2011 Bangladesh share market scam. Currently, there are total 22 industrial sectors in DSE which accommodate 578 listed companies.


Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is a public limited company. It is formed and managed under Company Act 1994, Security and Exchange Commission Act 1993, Security and Exchange Commission Regulation 1994, and Security Exchange (Inside Trading) regulation 1994. The issued capital of this company is Tk. 500,000 which is divided up to 250 shares each pricing Tk. 2000. No individual or firm can buy more than one share. According to stock market rule only members can participate in the floor and can buy shares for himself or his clients. At present it has 238 members. Market capitalisation of the Dhaka Stock Exchange reached nearly $9 billion in September 2007 and $27.4 billion on 9 December 2009.


The management and operation of Dhaka Stock Exchange is entrusted on a 25 members board of directors. Among them 12 are elected from DSE members, another 12 are selected from different trade bodies and relevant organisations. The CEO is the 25th ex officio member of the board. The government has appointed Professor Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, who teaches banking and insurance at Dhaka University, as the chairman of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission, reports

The following organisations are currently holding positions in DSE Board:

  • Bangladesh Bank
  • ICB – Investment Corporation of Bangladesh
  • President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh
  • President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries
  • President of Metropolitan Chambers of Commerce and Industries
  • Professor of Finance Department of Dhaka University
  • President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


Old Building of Dhaka Stock Exchange

The Dhaka Stock Exchange is open for trading Sunday through Thursday between 10:00 am – 2:30 pm BST, with the exception of holidays declared by the Exchange in advance. In the month of Ramadan, the exchange is open for trading between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm BST.

There are a total of 613 Companies Listed on this Stock exchange. The listing provides an exclusive privilege to securities in the stock exchange. Only listed shares are quoted on the stock exchange. A stock exchange facilitates transparency in transactions of listed securities in perfect equality and competitive conditions. Listing is beneficial to the company, to the investor, and to the public at large.

2010–11 crash

The bullish market turned bearish during November 2010, with the exchange losing 1,800 points between December 2010 and January 2011. Millions of investors have been rendered bankrupt as a result of the market crash. The crash is believed to be caused artificially to benefit a handful of players at the expense of the big players.[4]

List of chairpersons

1Ahmad Fazlur Rahman1972 – 1975
2Khurshid Alam27 February 1976 – 6 August 1979
3Nur-E-Alam Siddique6 Aug 1979 – 06 November 1980
4Khwaja Abdul Quddus6 November 1980 – 18 March 1981
5Nur-E-Alam Siddique18 March 1981 – 22 December 1981
6Khwaja Abdul Quddus22 December 1981 – 24 March 1983
7Khurshid Alam24 March 1983 -18 December 1985
8Hemayet Uddin Ahmed18 December 1985 – 06 January 1987
9Kazi Firoz Rashid6 January 1987 – 23 March 1990
10Khwaja Abdul Quddus23 March 1990 – 20 Jun 1991
11Aminul Islam Khan20 Jun 1991 – 07 October 1993
12Khurshid Alam7 October 1993 – 06 December 1995
13Imtiyaz Husain6 December 1995 – 11 May 1997
14M. A. Huq Howlader11 May 1997 – 24 December 1997
15Md. Rakibur Rahman24 December 1997 – 30 March 2000
16Md. Shahiq Khan30 March 2000 – 28 March 2002
17Ahmed Iqbal Hasan28 March 2002 – 17 February 2005
18Md. Shahiq Khan17 February 2005 – 07 February 2006
19Md. Abdullah Bokhari7 February 2006 – 15 May 2008
20Abdul Haque15 May 2008 – 28 February 2009
21Md. Rakibur Rahman28 February 2009 – 27 March 2010
22Md. Shakil Rizvi27 March 2010 – 15 March 2012
23Md. Rakibur Rahman15 March 2012 – 15 Jun 2013
24Ahasanul Islam15 June 2013 – 13 February 2014
25Justice Siddiqur Rahman Miah14 February 2014 – 13 February 2017
26Prof. Dr. Abul Hashem14 February 2017 – 12 February 2020
27Md. Eunusur Rahman24 February 2020 – Present