The Malaysia Fund, Inc. (MAY)

Closed-end investment companies like The Malaysia Fund, Inc. do not continuously offer shares to the public. Growth results from market appreciation or rights offerings, which benefit its shareholders. Regional funds like The Malaysia Fund, Inc. are often used to change the impact of a particular country, or sector, in portfolio management.

The funds objective is long-term capital appreciation by investing in equity securities of Malaysian companies. [1] Management can influence the net asset value, but this is not of great concern to investors.

The Malaysia Fund, Inc. restricts management to investments that are expected to benefit from developments in the economy of Malaysia. [2]

Wealth is shifting from the developed countries to the emerging, and frontier economies, which includes Asia. Malaysian companies tend to be under-researched, and not so readily available to normal investors. The Malaysia Fund, Inc., may not be sold in Malaysia. [3]

The Malaysia Fund, Inc. distributes essentially all of its realized income, and capital gains to shareholders each year. Earnings may be retained automatically, using The Malaysia Fund, Inc.‘s dividend reinvestment, and cash purchase plan. [4] When comparing the results of this closed-end company, to securities which may retain earnings. Both stocks should have all distributions reinvested and compounded to compare results fairly.

Shares of The Malaysia Fund, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MAY.” Other closed-end companies that invest in Malaysia: EMF, and MSF.

Mark Mobius "World Outlook 2010," [1]

Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc. 522 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10036 [http:// www.morganstanley.com/im]

References

  1. The Malaysia Fund, Inc. (MAY) Prospectus 03/23/1987 pg5
  2. The Malaysia Fund, Inc. prospectus 1994
  3. The Malaysia Fund, Inc. (MAY) Prospectus pg 1
  4. The Malaysia Fund, Inc. (MAY) Annual Report 12/31/2009 pg22
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