PETALING JAYA: Bursa Malaysia’s second annual National Virtual Derivatives Trading Challenge, which will start from November 7 to December 6, 2022, aims to raise awareness and interest in the Malaysian derivatives market among millennials and students of undergraduate through experiential learning, while providing essential knowledge for beginners to start trading derivatives in an informed way.
Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Acting Director Mohd Saleem Kader Bakas said the Derivatives Virtual Trading Challenge will allow retail investors, especially beginners, to hone their trading skills by giving them the opportunity to practice real-time trading. in a virtual environment without risking their own money.
“The experience gained from the challenge will help them become more confident in making informed trading decisions, which will benefit them when they enter the real market.”
Participants will compete in a simulated environment that mirrors live futures markets via the BursaMKTPLC Derivatives Trading Simulator. Each participant will be assigned an account with a virtual capital of RM100,000 to trade the five derivative contracts offered by Bursa Malaysia Derivatives. These are Crude Palm Oil Futures (FCPO), East Malaysian Crude Palm Oil Futures (FEPO), FBM KLCI Index Futures (FKLI) , FBM Mid 70 Index Futures (FM70) and Gold Futures (FGLD).
The top 30 participants with the highest account balance at the end of the challenge will receive prizes worth RM40,000. The winner of the “Individual” category will receive a cash prize of RM7,000, while the winner of the “College Team” will receive a cash prize of RM5,400 and a certificate.
“The exchange’s retail participation in the derivatives market has increased in recent years, from 25% in 2019 to 38% in September 2022. Given this growing interest, the exchange is investing in such educational learning tools and to help the general public understand the fundamentals of trading and how to trade responsibly,” added Mohd Saleem.
The Derivatives Virtual Trading Challenge is open to eligible Malaysian citizens and students
18 and over, with two entry categories; individual and university team. As of October 20, 2022, the exchange has received registrations from 2,749 individual participants and 77 teams. Registrations are still open and will close on October 28, 2022.