KUCHING: Bursa Malaysia’s Market Chat 2010/11 held at The Sarawak Club recently pulled a crowd of 200 participants, signalling keen investors’ interest in strengthening their stock market investment knowledge.
Jointly organised by Bursa Malaysia and Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd (HLIB), the Market Chat Kuching roadshow aimed to create more informed investors with valuable insights and information on attractive investment opportunities in the Malaysian capital market.
Investors attending this event had the opportunity to listen to an exclusive presentation by HLIB head of research Low Yee Huap, who gave insights on the recent volatility in the equity market globally and locally.
In addition, the roadshow also featured introduction of other products by HLIB senior dealer for future broker’s representative Nancie Tham and Hong Leong Bank Bhd manager for HLeBroking Vernon Lim.
Commenting on the importance of retail investor participation in the Malaysian market, Bursa Malaysia head of intermediaries supervision Lum Chee Wah said, “Bursa Malaysia recognises the significant contribution that retail investors can bring towards the creation of a dynamic capital market.
“Educative platforms such as the Market Chat roadshow aims to stimulate greater interest and awareness among retail investors and provides a platform for investors to equip themselves with the latest tools and investment strategies,” he added.
Market Chat 2010/11, which is now in its fourth season, is part of a continuous retail investment programme by Bursa Malaysia aimed primarily to encourage greater retail participation in the capital market. This annual investment roadshow is organised in partnership with eight brokers and investment banks.
The roadshow seeks to cultivate informed investors by creating greater awareness on the opportunities available and introducing retail investors to new products and asset classes in the Malaysian capital market. Since its inception in 2007, Market Chat had successfully reached 18,000 investors via 117 roadshows and created 3,600 new central depository system (CDS) account.
Taking into account the structure of the market, he stated that a holistic approach had been taken to identify the hurdles and impediments to ensure a more efficient trading environment. “This, combined with technology and value-added services such as e-broking will be greatly beneficial to retail investors who will then remain active investors in the market.
“This paperless dividend payment system will result in increased convenience and faster access to dividend within a secure environment for investors,” Lum explained.
“I believe there is always an opportunity if we know what we are looking for because there are a lot of hidden gems in our Malaysian capital market. On top of that, we hope to be able to cultivate more young investors who have keen interest in the market as this will be an eye opener for them,” he concluded.