From gender equality in boardrooms to gender equality in equity market
With Malaysia’s Top 100 public listed companies (PLCs) inching closer to the benchmark 30% figure for women’s boardroom representation (currently at 26.5%), the focus is gradually shifting to propelling gender diversity in the equities market.
Recently, Bursa Malaysia revealed that Malaysian women are increasingly engaged in investing activities, accounting for 36% of new Central Depository System (CDS) accounts opened year-to-date, up from 34% in 2021 and 32% in 2020.
In addition, female investors made up close to 30% of the total traded value in 2021 with a 178.4% increase in total traded value and a 194.1% increase in total traded volume between 2018 and 2021.
Pitted against the backdrop of uncertainties as illustrated by the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical tension, businesses must remain agile in today's highly challenging economic landscape while focusing on sustainable outcomes.
As such, it is indeed timely for Bursa Malaysia to roll out the Public Listed Companies Transformation Programme (PLCTP) to raise the stature of Corporate Malaysia while increasing the attractiveness of public listed companies (PLCs) in Malaysia.
Investing in warring times: 10 considerations for minority shareholders need to live with
Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn! - Robert Burns
As opposed to wielding weapons of mass destruction in their possession, the United States and its allies seem contented – at least till this juncture – to merely waging economic war on Russia after the latter launched military invasion into Ukraine on 24 February 2022.
Though it could be assumed that – for now at least – the Russia-Ukraine conflict looks like an “internal affair” limited to the Ukrainian soil, however, the financial/economic repercussions can easily transcend the Ukrainian boundaries.
Below are 10 scenarios as to how the global economy and capital markets will pan out by uncertainties stemming from the raging Russia-Ukrainian war: