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Understanding The Share Market
The share market is where the shares in companies are bought and sold, providing companies options to access capital, and investors opportunities to own a share of the company and enjoy potential gains from the company's future performance.

The share market offers people the ability to generate a separate income stream apart from their daily jobs, or income streams which are superior to those from traditional savings deposits. But before you even think about buying and selling shares, you must know the fundamentals of the share market and of trading.

First time investors can become confused because of the terminology that is used to describe various market functions. These don't take long to learn. Click here for your basic share trading terms. Incidentally, one common confusion is over the terms 'stocks' and 'shares'. Actually, they both mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably.

The Role of Bursa Malaysia

You can only invest in shares through a stock exchange, an organized marketplace where shares are bought and sold under strict rules, regulations and guidelines. The Malaysian stock exchange is called Bursa Malaysia. Bursa Malaysia has over 900 listed companies offering a wide range of investment choices to local and global investors.

Raising Capital on the Share Market

The Share Market was created for companies wishing to raise capital for their business. All companies need cash to take advantage of growth opportunities. Many start-up companies however find themselves short of capital to fund expansion. One way to acquire this cash is to publicly float the company. This involves selling part of the company to private individual and institutional investors who are then able to freely exchange these stocks on an open market. Purchasing stocks in a company that is listed on the stock market is done through an Initial Public Offering or IPO.

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