How to become a financial planner in Malaysia?

I’ve always wondered what is it like to become a financial planner in Malaysia? How do you become one anyway?

Here in Australia, you need to hold the Australian Financial Services License (AFSL) or be an authorised representative of that licensee to be able to give out financial advice.

How about in Malaysia? What are the procedures? Do you need to get a green light from the Securities Commission?

Also, is the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) qualification from the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) qualification imperative? How about wanting to become an Islamic Financial Planner?

Is there such thing as a part-time financial planner? Perhaps, on a freelance basis/work at home sort of thing?

For those in the know, please share your knowledge so the rest of us could benefit. Thanks guys!

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Fund Managers make a lot of mistakes too!

I’m reading this book entitled Taming the Bear by Christopher Tate. Nope, it’s not a book about how to tame bears! It’s a book about trading and how to profit from down trending markets. I haven’t finished it yet but I thought I just had to share this little information with you.

One of the reasons why we invest through unit trust funds is because of the purported professional fund managers right? Well, note this info that I got from the book.

There’s this table in the book that tracks the performance of mutual funds in the United States of America for the period of 1956 to 1988. The table basically analyses the cash-to-asset ratio of the funds, and uses this findings as an indicator to determine whether the fund is bullish or bearish. During those 32 years, they got it right only 4 times.

Interesting huh?
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Public Asia Ittikal Fund not Syariah Compliant?

I’ve been meaning to blog about this topic for quite sometime now.

While I was in Malaysia, I received Public Asia Ittikal Fund’s (PAIF) annual report for the financial period from 2nd of August 2006 to 31st October 2007.

In the “notes to financial statements” section, they listed out pretty much all of the companies that they are holding in their portfolio.

One company caught my attention. ABC Learning Centre, an Australian company.

According to ABC Learning Centre’s financials, I noticed that their total debt divided by market capitalisation is somewhat in the vicinity of more than 50%.

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Updates on my Public Mutual Investment: 8th March 2008

This is a continuation of my previous post regarding my unit trust investment. Read it here.

Global market has taken a battering from what has happened in the US. Same thing goes to our very own Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (Bursa Saham Kuala Lumpur).

Do any of you invest in the stock market directly? Or perhaps through unit trust funds?

Today, we shall look at how my Public Mutual unit trust funds have fared since the day I bought into them a few months ago. I got belted, I tell you.

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