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How to invest in Malaysia: A practical guide for beginners (updated 2024)

Before this resource on how to invest in Malaysia came about, we did a simple guide on how to start investing in Singapore some time back, which proved to be a great resource for Singaporeans who wanted a quick and easy way to get up to speed on how to invest in Singapore.

So now we decided to do the same for our Malaysian readers and create a similar resource on how to invest in Malaysia. We’ve compiled a list of our best articles that will guide you step-by-step on what you need to do to start investing today.

You’ll find that many of the links here are very similar to our Singapore guide – and that’s because the principles of financial responsibility, fundamental analysis, and long-term investing are almost the same anywhere in the world. But we have a number of articles that are unique just to Malaysian investors and we’ll add more to this resource as we continue to publish them.

We hope this practical guide will help you get the ball rolling — especially if you’re a beginner – and ultimately help you make better, more profitable investment decisions. 😊

How to invest in Malaysia

1. Before you start investing, it’s important to set your personal financial goals and how much you need to save (and invest) to reach your target. These articles will show you how to plan ahead and get your personal finances in order before you put first dollar in the stock market.

2. Once you have your finances in order, it’s time to open a brokerage account. We’ll show you how to open a brokerage account in Malaysia.

3. The next step is to choose you investment style that works best for you — based on your own risk profile, investment goals, and financial needs. Remember, any particular strategy can give you great returns as long as you do it right, and you’re also free to combine different styles to suit your individual needs.

Knowing that, these articles will give you a deeper introduction into each investment style:

Value-growth investing

Income investing

Malaysian REITs (Income investing)

Deep value investing

4. Once you understand the types of companies you should be looking out for, you need to manage a watchlist and portfolio of stocks. We’ll show you some quick ways of finding investment ideas to add to your watchlist, and what you need to do manage and monitor your stock portfolio along the way.

The fifth perspective

We hope you find this guide on how to invest in Malaysia useful. This list is by no means final and we’ll add/update the guide as we write more articles and share new information that’s relevant to investing in Malaysia.

At the same time, check our favourite investment books, read our analysis section, and our coverage on annual general meetings on how we apply these concepts when we do our research on companies in Malaysia and beyond – I believe you’ll find a treasure trove of insights that will help you become a better, more profitable investor.

To your investing success,
The Fifth Person

The Fifth Person

The Fifth Person is an award-winning investment site that focuses on Asian and U.S. equity research. The Fifth Person won best independent investment website at the SGX Orb Awards organized by Singapore Exchange in 2018 & 2020.


  1. I am currently buying shares from a remisier but the charges are killing.
    I have a cds account . If I opt to trade online do I still to open another cds account?my current offline account is with Hong Leong investment bank. Can I approach them to convert to an online account? Thanks

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