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This article will introduce us to the pricing and risk of structured warrants. It will show how the price of a warrant relates to the underlying share and identify significant features that contribute to the valuation of a warrant. It will also stress some important risk aspects that investors must be aware of.

How the price of a warrant relates to the underlying share?

Generally, a warrant’s price is closely connected to the behaviour of the underlying share. By behaviour, we mean bow volatile the underlying share is and whether it is moving in a favourable direction for the warrant holder.

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Subsequent to the launch of a number of put warrants by AmInvestment Bank and OSK Investment Bank Bhd recently, much was said about structured warrants. This article will attempt to provide more insight into the product itself and its potential in Malaysia.

What is a call and a put?

Calls give you the right to buy a share for a determined price (called the strike price) at a determined date. For example, a call warrant may give you the right to buy one share in ABC for RM1 on June 18, 2010 (that RMI figure is the strike price).

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Bursa Malaysia on the 9th November 2009, introduced Direct Market Access (DMA) for the equities market which is aimed to enhance trading efficiency and accessibility for market participants. With this, the Exchange will be providing a complete DMA infrastructure for both the equities and derivatives markets. The DMA for derivatives market was successfully launched in April 2008.

DMA is a critical component for Bursa Malaysia to remain competitive in the global investment arena. The right technologies will promote market accessibility and liquidity, as well as increased trading efficiencies. This will align Malaysian Stock Market with international trading practices.

Market participants will also be able to enjoy greater connectivity and more control of their orders via the DMA infrastructure for equities market.

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Public-listed companies will be required to provide an e-dividend payment system to shareholders by the third quarter of next year.

Investors will be given a one-year grace period to provide their bank account number to Bursa Malaysia Depository to enable the dividend payments to be credited directly into their bank account.

Stockbroking companies, meanwhile, will by mid-2010 be required to provide e-share payment options for clients to receive and make payments on their share transactions.

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