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FTSE Group and Bursa Malaysia partnered in 2006 to provide a suite of tradable and investable indices for the Malaysian Market. This enabled the launch of a comprehensive range of real-time indices, which covered all eligible companies listed on the Bursa Malaysia Main and ACE Markets. The indices are designed to measure the performance of the major capital segments of the Malaysian market, dividing it into large, mid, small cap, fledgling and Shariah-compliant series, giving investors a wider selection and the flexibility to measure, invest and create products in these distinct segments.
On 6 July 2009, the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was transitioned to the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI to be the market benchmark for the Malaysian market. The move to a 30 stock index, calculated accordingly to FTSE’s globally accepted index standards, provide domestic and international investors with a more transparent, investable and tradable benchmark to stimulate the creation of ETFs, derivatives and other index-linked products.
FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index Series’ constituents are classified according to the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB), the global standard for sector classification which supports sector-based investment strategies and cross-border analysis. FTSE Bursa Malaysia EMAS Industry Indices are now available and segmented according to ICB which includes 10 Industry, 19 Supersector and 39 Sector indices. These provide investors with a set of tools for deeper analysis of the Malaysia market and the opportunity to create sector-specific funds and index-linked products.
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