Investment basics on how to choose and open a stocks trading brokerage account for shares investing in Malaysia.

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

For investing in Bursa Malaysia, you will need a CDS Account and Trading Account which can be opened together when you select a broker.


What is a CDS Account?

The Central Depository System (CDS) represents ownership and movement of securities. CDS accounts allow you to trade securities including shares, REITs, bonds, warrants, and IPOs electronically. For each trading account you have, you will need  a separate CDS account. You must be at least 18 years old to open a CDS account. If there are no activities with your CDS account for 36 months (3 years), your account will be inactivated.

Depending on your broker choice, there are 2 types of accounts:-

Direct Account

  • The shares are held directly by you.
  • You directly receive information on shares related matters (dividends, splits, annual reports, Annual General Meetings, etc).
  • You need to handle the paperwork yourself.
  • You can apply for shares Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).
  • You can directly transfer shares from your CDS to your other CDS or family member’s CDS account.

Nominee or Pledge Account

  • The shares are held on your behalf.
  • Your brokerage/investment firm receives shares related matters on your behalf (i.e. if you want to attend company’s AGM, you must be appointed as a proxy).
  • A small service fee is charged for handling your paperwork.
  • You cannot apply for IPOs.
  • Approval from brokerage/investment firm required to transfer shares from your CDS to your other CDS or family member’s CDS account.


What is a Trading Account?

A trading or brokerage account allows you to participate in buying and selling shares through a broker, who acts as your agent, as you cannot buy and sell shares directly yourself.


Bursa Trading Hours

Bursa Malaysia trading is from Monday-Friday (except Public Holidays/Market Holidays)

1st SessionPre-Opening8:30 am
Opening and Continuous Trading9:00 am
Closing12:30 pm
2nd SessionPre-Opening2:00 pm
Opening and Continuous Trading2:30 pm
Pre-Closing4:45 pm
Closing4:50 pm
Trading at Last4:50 pm – 5:00 pm


Brokerage Account Opening

Minimum age: 18 years old

Documents Required for most brokerages

  • 3 copies of NRIC (front and back) for Malaysian, OR international passport if you are a Malaysian Permanent or a non-Malaysian citizen.
    Note: Please use A4 size paper
  • 3 months of bank statements OR saving passbook – certified true copy by bank officer .
  • Latest EPF statement (supporting document).
  • Latest Payslip (supporting document).
  • Account Opening Forms

Account Opening Fees: RM10.60 (including GST)


Brokerage Transaction Fees

Below details are standard fees for both buy and sell transactions. Please check with your brokerage for detailed and confirmed information.

Brokerage Trading via Broker

  • 100k below: 0.60%
  • Above 100k: 0.30%

Brokerage Trading via Online

  • 100k below: 0.42%
  • Above 100k: 0.21%

Brokerage Intraday Trading: 0.10%-0.15%

Intraday Trading: Trades made within a single day. Important for short term traders who opens and closes a position in a day.

Other Fees

  • Clearing Fee: at 0.003% per transaction limited to maximum RM200 per transaction
  • Stamp Duty: RM1 per RM1,000 amount of transaction or fractional part
  • GST: 6% on Fees


Bursa Brokerage Accounts

There is not a major significant difference in transaction fees for normal trading if you are not trading frequently (e.g. short term trading). If you are trading frequently, you will want to look for the lowest brokerage charges depending on your average trading amount, and if you will be performing intraday (trading within a day) trading at all.

Different brokerages will use different trading platforms/features (PC/mobile app) and each may differ in terms of charting software, research, screeners (stock screening tools), etc

Lowest Online Trading Brokerage Charges

  • Malacca Securities (M+): from 0.05%
  • Rakuten Trade: from RM7 or 0.10%
  • Jupiter Securities: from 0.10%
  • Hong Leong Investment Bank: from 0.10%
  • Alliance Investment Bank: from 0.15%

Lowest Minimum Brokerage Charges per Trade

  • AmInvestment Bank: RM6
  • Rakuten Trade: RM7
  • CIMB Bank (Clicks Trader): RM8
  • Hong Leong Investment Bank: RM8
  • Maybank Investment Bank: RM8
  • Malacca Securities (M+): RM8

Trading Bracket Order Features (i.e. Stop Limit, Take Profit)

  • Jupiter Securities
  • RHB Investment Bank
  • Malacca Securities (M+)

Stop Loss Order vs Stop Limit Order
Stop Loss Order and Stop Limit Order are features that help automate an order once it reaches a certain price. There is a key difference between Stop Loss and Stop Limit. If a Stop Loss is triggered, a market order is placed (where the stock will be sold at market price – which may be higher/lower than the Stop Loss). If a Stop Limit is triggered, a limit order is placed (stock sold when the price level is reached). Do note that if the market gaps down below your Stop Limit, your Stop Limit will not trigger.

Trading Good Til Date (GTD) Feature

  • Affin Hwang Capital Trade
  • AmInvestment Bank
  • CIMB Bank
  • Hwang DBS Securities
  • JF Apex Securities
  • Jupiter Securities
  • Malacca Securities (M+)
  • Rakuten Trade
  • RHB Investment Bank
  • SJ Securities

Note: Most brokerages charge a minimum of RM8 to RM28 per trade. Brokerage charges are typically higher for margin trading.

Margin Trading: Buying shares using borrowed money from the broker. The loan collateral is the cash and shares in the investor’s account.

Other Brokerage Considerations

  • Minimum balance required to open/hold in your account
  • Cash and/or collaterised account
  • Cash balance interest earnings
  • Online funds transfer (deposits/withdrawals)
  • Trading tools and materials (charting software, screeners, research reports, etc)
  • Overseas brokerage trading

Do not just choose a broker based on the lowest fees but also consider your needs, the broker’s reputation and ability to serve you, and your relationship with the broker.


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