Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, chairman of the Malaysia Securities Commission, said government-backed growth in the derivatives market is an integral part of the newly announced Capital Markets Masterplan 2.
“The expansion of the derivatives market will be critical to provide instruments for traders to hedge and arbitrage between markets as well as to allow our intermediaries to build their risk management capabilities,” she said during the announcement of CMP2. The 10-year plan aims to help grow Malaysia’s capital market from its current size of RM2 trillion (USD662.14 billion) to RM4.5 trillion (USD1.49 trillion) in 2020.
She said new regulations in the country will be geared towards fostering expansion and innovation while effectively managing the risks of any newly introduced products. In addition to growing the domestic derivatives market, she noted the importance of connecting the derivatives market onshore to the cash markets and international derivatives markets.
“The building blocks are already in place,” she said. “Malaysia's market is broad and the core segments are regional leaders. At this stage of growth, further gains will come from higher connectivity between the equities, debt and derivatives markets and with other international markets.”
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