So here’s the thing, many young executives and fresh graduates are complaining about how the cost of living is climbing at a much faster pace than their salary increments can keep up with. Now some of them have voiced that they do want to look for alternatives – like investing in stocks. The catch is, many of them don’t even know where and how to start.
Well we have good news for you. Investing in stock for Malaysian just got a whole lot simpler with the introduction of Bursa Market Place by Bursa Malaysia Bhd. It is a fully integrated exchange board that provides a complete range of exchange-related services including trading, clearing, settlement and depository services. Oh, and did I mention that it is completely free for the public to use?
By creating an online platform that allows people to gain access to information and relevant tools to begin their investing journey, Bursa Market Place has user-friendly features and a simple layout for potential investors. Here’s a quick guide on how you can use these tools and features:
This is the front page and it compiles the latest news and current hot topics about the market. Simply put, it’s like a menu that shows all of the relevant information that you may want to use or view next.
This is where you can explore and use multiple tools to analyse stocks based on volume trading, price movement, latest developments and dividend payouts. To ease your analyses, these are the tools and their functions to analyse and learn about the stocks:
- Analyst Consensus
Consolidates the research of different professional analysts and presents them as a single number or opinion. It is supposed to help traders to have a clearer picture of how a company performs in the future.
- Stock Screener
Designed to help traders to find stocks that match their investment strategies and criteria. The screening is done based on several financial parameters such as market capitalisation, share price, earnings growth, dividend and price over earnings ratio.
- Alpha Factor
The Alpha Factor is a quantitative tool developed by Standard & Poor’s which tracks price momentum, valuation, historical growth, capital efficiency and earnings quality. These five factors are also displayed in heat maps that rank the companies on a scale of 1 to 5. Using these parameters, you can review the fundamentals or the quality of the company.
- Heat Maps
Monitors the market’s performance and ranks the top as well as worst performers by five different categories comprising of Activity, Profitability, Market Cap, Percentage Price Movement and Absolute Price Movement. It combines all the companies with different colors to show their share price movement.
- Daily Espresso
This tool shows investors when real market statistics actually support the analyst’s BUY or SELL recommendation of a share (counter), by combining the opinions of professional stocks analyst (analyst consensus) with computer-generated Alpha Factor algorithms that track real market performance. Newbies are encouraged to try this tool as it is more straight forward and easier to understand.
A compilation of basic information on how to use the tools in the website, training materials, videos and brochures from experts can be easily accessed here. This page comes in handy for newbies and those who wish to learn more about investing and the various types of investment products available on Bursa Malaysia.
- Opinion Leaders: A list of market experts and analysts along with their investment portfolio and articles.
- Corporate Responsibility: Updates of the activities carried out by companies to contribute back to society.
- News: Latest announcements made by companies listed out in accordance to real time.
A total of 21 investment banks and firms to choose from and to start your investment in Bursa Malaysia can be found in this page. All research reports and knowledge articles are also posted here, which can be useful for investors. Contacts and their respective website can be found here too.
This is where anyone can maintain their portfolio in a portfolio builder and access their investments from time to time. Just register an account by providing some basic information and you’re good to go to explore what Bursa Market Place has to offer.
Remember, there are always risks involved when it comes to investing. However the key is to successfully managing these risks over time and making well-informed decisions based on logic and information.
So it is very important that you understand your risk appetite and investment scale, as well as how to diversify your investment in different type of products with different volatility. To find out what type of investment products suit you best, read more about it here.
Want to start your investment journey but has no capital, you can get it here! Just make sure you are really good at investment.