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Foreign Investment in Malaysia

Updated:2017-8-11 16:03:22    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:361

Malaysia is located at the heart of the region, making it an ideal gateway to access ASEAN's population base of 600 million (that's larger than the USA and Japan populaces combined) and a collective GDP of USD2 trillion. It is little wonder that over 5,000 companies from 60 nations have already cast their anchors in Malaysia.

With a commitment to helping businesses flourish, the Government of Malaysia has put into place policies that encourage investments (FDI, DDIs) into Malaysia. The success of these policies is proven by our 3rd place ranking in the 2016 A.T. Kearney Global Services Location index and 4th place ranking on the World Bank’s Doing Business 2015 investor protection index.

Small Business Investment Opportunities in Malaysia
Sitting next to a knowledge driven economy to its south in Singapore, and with a large consumer marker in nearby Indonesia, Malaysia is in a unique position in South East Asia. Malaysia, led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, is setting growth targets for itself, aiming to double its economic growth by 2020. To this end, the government is putting in place various measures to encourage foreign investors to explore the various business opportunities available in the country.

Investment Options in Malaysia
There are a wide variety of investment options available in Malaysia. Let’s take two of them as an example:
1. Fixed Deposit
Fixed Deposits or Time Deposits offer a fixed and guaranteed rate of return on your investment. Almost all banks in Malaysia offer these types of accounts. Fixed deposits offer significantly higher interest rates than savings accounts while minimizing the risk associated with other high-risk investment products.

2. Unit Trust
Unit Trust is a form of collective investment that allows investors with similar objectives to pool their funds for investment. These provide small investors a chance to invest in stocks, shares, bonds and other capital-market instruments. Their professional management, high liquidity and small entry requirements make them attractive to investors. Unit trusts enable investors with limited time and knowledge to take advantage of the higher returns from the capital markets.

Key Takeaways to Invest in Malaysia
1. Malaysia has a very robust economy and a pro-business government that has made it an increasingly attractive investment destination for international investors.
2. Malaysia's political struggles and deficits in 2008 have made some international investors tread a bit more cautiously than before.
3. ETFs represent the easiest way to invest in Malaysia for most international investors, but investors can also take a look at the domestic stock exchange.
4. Malaysian real estate may also be an investment option to consider, but be wary of the drawbacks before committing any capital.

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