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Prove your equity research skills through the Bursa In-Depth Equity Analysis (IDEA) Research Competition

Register and submit your research report on the theme "Market Trends and Sector Analysis" before the deadline to get a feel of how you fare compared with other equity researchers.

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How to participate?

Utilise the resources and tools available on Bursa Marketplace such as Bursa Digital Research (BDR), Bursa RISE reports, Refinitiv data, Screener and Heatmap to supplement your research work

Register yourself and submit your research report from

9 October to 3 November 2023

Stand a chance to win a prize if your report is chosen as the top 5 by our panel of expert judges based on the criteria below

Judging Criteria

Research methodology that includes quality of data/information

Significance of findings which lead to a strong investment conviction

Coherence of ideas and analysis, good flow of the research report

Quality of investment theses/idea(s), catalysts and risk analysis

Structure and presentation of the research report which includes completion of the components


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What is the Bursa In-Depth Equity Analysis (IDEA) Research Competition?
  • Bursa In-Depth Equity Analysis (IDEA) Research Competition is a research report writing competition that runs from 9 October 2023 to 3 November 2023 ("Campaign Period"). Aspiring researchers, analysts, and market enthusiasts can participate in this competition by submitting a research report based on the theme "Market Trends and Sector Analysis".
  • Submission for the reports must be done during the campaign period. The organiser has the rights to extend the competition period with notice but any submissions after the final Campaign Period will be disregarded.
Who is eligible to participate in the research competition?

The competition is open to all Malaysians, age 18 and above. We encourage participation from anyone with an interest in the equity market.

Is there a registration fee to enter the competition?

Participation in the competition is free of charge; there is no registration fee.

Can participants form teams, or is this competition strictly for individual participants?

Participants have the option to register either as a team or as individuals for the competition. The maximum number of members in a team is four (4).

How do I register and submit my research paper for the competition?

Complete your registration and submission by accessing the Google Form available at this link: [form link]. Please ensure that all the information upon registration is accurate and that the research report submitted will be final.

Can I submit more than one report?

Every participant can only submit one report. This applies to any team submissions. For example, once a participant is participating in the competition as part of the group, the participant cannot submit another report individually or as part of another group.

What happens if I missed out the pre-registration?

Pre-registration for the campaign is optional and not mandatory for all participants. Participants are eligible to participate in the competition and stand the chance to win the prizes by registering and submitting the research reports during the Campaign Period.

How can I learn more about writing a research report?
  • Don't know where to start? Watch the replay of the webinar here to gain valuable insights into current market trends, sector analysis and guidance on how to write a research report.
What if I am unable watch the webinar during that time?

The recording of the webinar is now available on! Watch the video to get a better idea of how to craft a good research report.

How should I write my research report for the Bursa IDEA Research Competition?
  • The theme of the research competition is "Market Trends and Sector Analysis." Participants may write on topics related to equity market and any economic factors that may affect market trends. Writing on sectoral trends and analysis is also encouraged.
  • No stock recommendations are allowed. The research competition is strictly for research on the macro economy and sector outlook. However, examples of listed companies may be included in the research report for the purpose of supporting certain investment theses.
  • While the content is expected to be fundamental-centric, overlaying with technical and/or quantitative analyses is encouraged.
  • Discussion on non-public information is strongly prohibited.
  • The content must be forward-looking. Discussions of historical events or performance for context purposes are allowed, but they should be kept to a minimum.
  • All research submissions should demonstrate clear investment theses supported by facts and data.
  • All research submissions should adhere to a high standard of objectivity, ensuring that the findings, analysis, and conclusions are based on sound research principles and evidence that are unbiased.
  • Researchers should ensure the quality and integrity of their facts and data, employing verified, reliable and credible sources. The analysis should be robust, accurately representing the data and providing valid and reliable insights.
  • Submissions should be written in clear and concise language, allowing readers to understand the research objectives, methods, results, and implications. Researchers should clearly articulate and strive for coherence in their arguments, presenting information logically and coherently to facilitate comprehension by the judges.
Is there a format for the report?
  • Researchers must properly acknowledge and cite the work of others that has influenced their research. Accurate and consistent referencing should be followed, adhering to a recognized citation style (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago).
  • Plagiarism or improper citation practices are strictly prohibited.
  • Researchers should ensure that their research submissions are well-structured and visually engaging. Clear headings, subheadings, and appropriate use of tables, graphs, charts, or visual aids can enhance the clarity and impact of the research findings.
  • The length of the content must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words.
  • The report must be written in English only.
  • Please use the standardised font: Arial, size 10, and black.
  • The report should be submitted in .doc file.
What should be included in my research report?

You may include the following components into your research report.

  • Executive Summary: Brief overview of the report, highlighting key findings, trends, and recommendations.
  • Macroeconomic Analysis: economic indicators, monetary policy analysis, fiscal policy analysis and international trade and foreign exchange analysis.
  • Sector Analysis: What is the sector, overview of the sector's importance and role in the economy, current trends and developments affecting the sector, market dynamics, key players and market share analysis.
  • Market Outlook and Forecasts: growth prospects and expectations for the sector, factors driving growth or decline in the sector, forecasts for key performance indicators.
  • Risks and Challenges: identification and assessment of risks impacting the sector, economic, regulatory, market, and geopolitical risks, strategies to mitigate identified risks.
  • Investment Opportunities/catalysts: analysis of investment potential in the sector, evaluation of emerging opportunities and market trends.
  • Conclusion: Summary of key findings from the macroeconomic and sector analysis, conclusions drawn regarding the sector's outlook.
  • Appendices: Additional data, charts, graphs, and supporting information, methodology used for data collection and analysis.
What are the prizes for the Bursa In-Depth Equity Analysis (IDEA) Research Competition?
  • Grand Prize: RM5,000
  • 2nd Prize: RM3,000
  • 3rd Prize: RM1,000
  • 2 x Consolation Prizes: RM500 each
How are the winners for Bursa IDEA Research Competition selected?

A panel of expert judges will be evaluating the quality of the research reports submitted by all the participants. They will be shortlisting the top research reports based on the assessment criteria as follow. The reports with the highest ratings will be shortlisted and further assessed by the panel of judges before the winners are ranked and chosen.

Assessment Criteria Weightage
1. Research methodology that include quality of data/ information 30%
2. Significance of findings which lead to a strong investment conviction 20%
3. Quality of investment theses/idea(s), catalysts and risk analysis 20%
4. Coherence of ideas and analysis, good flow of the research report 15%
5. Structure and presentation of the research report which includes completion of the components 15%
Total 100%

The results of the competition will be final and binding.

Who is the organiser of the Bursa In-Depth Equity Analysis (IDEA) Research Competition?

Bursa Malaysia is the primary organiser of the Bursa IDEA Research Competition.

Who should I contact if I have further questions or need assistance related to the competition?

For inquiries, please reach out to [email protected] or join the Telegram group at

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