Press Release

Maybank Kim Eng Singapore is the First Broker to Partner Smartkarma for Private Investor Solutions

SINGAPORE, 3 JUNE 2021: Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd (“Maybank Kim Eng Singapore”) is the first broker in Singapore to partner with Smartkarma to make its Private Investor Solutions available to Maybank Kim Eng Singapore’s qualified clients. Under this partnership, Maybank Kim Eng Singapore’s clients and trading representatives can access institutional-level investment insight on Smartkarma’s innovative online network, where they will find a unique range of actionable ideas, insights and tools to help them in their investment decisions.

Smartkarma Private Investor Solutions delivers personalised insight at scale for private accredited investors or their trading representatives. Besides extensive access to timely, high-quality insight, users benefit from real- time alerts on their portfolio, financial data and analytics, and events such as analyst presentations and roadshows. With this partnership, users join a platform already trusted by over 200 global institutional investors and market participants with more than US$13 trillion in Assets Under Management and quoted regularly by top financial press.

Aditya Laroia, Chief Executive Officer, Maybank Kim Eng Singapore said, “This partnership with Smartkarma will enable us to provide unique insights that will complement our award-winning ASEAN Research platform offerings, significantly differentiating Maybank Kim Eng’s service offering from discount brokers as well as other full-service private brokers. We are bringing information and idea generation as the final component of Maybank Kim Eng’s trifecta of value added offerings for clients, along with trading technology and client-focused and differentiated customer service. We recognise that investors are more sophisticated and informed today and want to be at the forefront of helping them invest and trade profitably by removing the disadvantages private investors face compared to institutional investors in terms of research access.”

He added, “We have seen a structural pick-up in private participation across global markets including Singapore. With increased market participation, especially from Millennials and Gen Z’ers, individuals take more control of their wealth creation, supporting retail momentum in equity markets when traditional investment assets such as property are being impacted by cooling and control measures. This investment knowledge and education will help to achieve better market efficiency and greater liquidity, plus information is a key component for well- functioning financial markets.”

Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma, said: “We are excited to work with Maybank Kim Eng Singapore. As we continue to democratise access to independent insight, Maybank Kim Eng-introduced investors can now enjoy timely delivery of high quality insights, specifically targeted through superior understanding of their needs – that’s why Bloomberg has called Smartkarma ‘the Spotify of Research’.”

“Maybank Kim Eng’s private clients will be some of the first to read actionable ideas on the APAC and US markets, find independent insight on IPOs and Event-Driven ideas that gets regularly quoted by top financial media, and access a highly customisable reading experience tailored to their specific needs,” added Raghav.

Chan Kum Kong, Senior Vice-President and Head of Research and Products at SGX, an investor in Smartkarma, said: “This partnership creates a unique value proposition for private investors. Smartkarma’s independent and institutional-grade content helps guide effective investment decisions. This offering, combined with Maybank Kim Eng’s trading technology and customer-centric approach, comes at a time when we see an elevated level of domestic and regional private participation in the Singapore market. An area of growing interest is sustainable finance and ESG; investors can look forward to more resources on where we partner with Smartkarma to develop some of these educational and training programmes.”

Maybank Kim Eng Singapore (previously known as Kim Eng Holdings) was the first stockbroker to be listed on the Singapore Exchange in 1990. We provide investors with access to a wide range of products and services such as stocks, warrants, exchange traded funds (ETFs), Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) and Daily Leverage Certificates (DLCs), and through our new trading platform MKE Trade, access to global markets like Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX), Bursa Malaysia, Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, London Stock Exchange (LSE), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ and NYSE Arca.


About Maybank Kim Eng

Maybank Kim Eng is the fully-owned investment banking arm of Maybank, one of Asia’s leading banking groups and South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. The Maybank Kim Eng group of companies comprises businesses stretching around the globe with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Vietnam, Great Britain and the United States of America. Maybank Kim Eng has been in Asia for more than 40 years and offers a suite of financial solutions, which include debt advisory and arrangement via bonds/sukuk, project financing, leveraged financing and loan syndication, corporate finance, equity capital markets, merger and acquisition advisory, sector advisory, strategic advisory, equities derivatives, retail and institutional securities broking and research. A leader in many of the Asian markets that it operates in, Maybank Kim Eng has won numerous prestigious awards in the markets that it serves.


About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is the independent investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, private accredited investors, and corporate IR professionals and management. We challenge conventions by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes insights on areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & Placements, and Small/Mid-Cap Equities, as well as a wealth of financial data and analytics provided by exchanges, banks, brokers, and more. Smartkarma’s online platform empowers asset managers and private accredited investors who want to access market-moving, differentiated intelligence; corporates who need to maximise their outreach; and analysts who wish to reach global investors with their written reports and bespoke services. Smartkarma is backed by notable investors such as Sequoia Capital, SGX, Wavemaker Partners, Jungle Ventures, and Enterprise Singapore. Learn more at

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