Stock Market

On the 25th February 2010, ECM Libra Investment Bank Berhad has launched their newest online trading portal, With the new online portal, they hope to reach more retail investors throughout the country and make online investment easier for retail and professional traders.

With, you will be able to buy and sell Bursa Malaysia shares online easily and no remisier services is necessary. The portal also act as one-stop center for local and international financial news.

Together with the launched, ECM Libra run a promotion on brokerage rate for cash upfront package. The detail on the promotion are,

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standard and poors

Standard & Poor’s recently issued a comprehensive report on Malaysia and make 25 stocks picks that they believe will outperform FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (FBM KLCI) in 2010.

This year, share prices are not as cheap as in early 2009 and the market will be more volatile. Standard & Poor’s however, maintain FBM KLCI target at 1,400 points in 2010 for an 11% return.

They believe the chosen stocks will be the best poised to benefit from the economic recovery and with relatively comfortable valuations to hold up against the increased volatility in the market. The managements of the chosen company also have a proven track records. Some of the chosen companies are also the dominant players in their fields.

Below is the 25 stocks that  Standard & Poor’s pick for 2010.

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Every beginning of the year The Edge Malaysia, make a recommendation on the counters to Watch for that year. This year, they recommend 10 counters to look into based on companies fundamental and share price valuation.

Before we see the 2010 list, we look at the performance of their 2009 stock pick. In 2009, The Edge recommend 20 counters in their watch list. Overall the The Edge stock picks in 2009 outperformed Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) with an average gain of 68% versus 45% gain for KLCI. In the investors sell the counters at the peak of the share price, the gain is higher at 78.5%.

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EPFRecently, we looked at the possibility to withdraw part of EPF money for personal investment. EPF makes it clear that we can only invest through external fund managers appointed by the Ministry of Finance and we are not allowed to invest the money directly in Stock Market.

However, recently I received an email from my stock broker, Jupiter Securities in partneship with Amara, offering me to directly invest in stock market with EPF money. A quick check, I find out that Amara is one of the approved external fund manager. I am not sure this is legal or otherwise.

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We are now approaching to the end of year 2009. How do the stock market around the world performed? And how do our local stock market, Bursa Malaysia performed?

The real winner for year 2009 is Brazil Stock Market. It has taken off off like a rocket. It was the world’s best performing stock market. Brazil Bovespa Stock Index surged 132.2% during the period of 30th December 2008 to 21st December 2009.

Brazil is the fastest growing in Latin America is blessed with abundant of natural resources. The other resouces rich countries such as Indonesia, Peru and Russia are also performing really well. It seem that many resources rich countries are performing really well in 2009.

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