A few weeks ago we were blessed with a visit from our Malaysian Joint Venture partner Angelld Quah. As we showed her around Stockholm and the FundedByMe Headquarters we had the opportunity to ask her some questions about her perception of being a female investor in the Asian market. What some of the challenges she faces are and what motivates her to work with FundedByMe in Asia.
Tell us how your perspective as an Asian woman is, in the investment industry? What are some your most defining experiences?
In my opinion, there is nothing easy with being an Asian woman in any industry, but especially not when working with investments and trading. It is a very male-dominated profession and that is something you definitely can identify at the Asian market. But on the other hand, Asia is on the world’s most progressive regions and has a lot of potential and opportunities to grow and change. Which is why I, despite the hardships, feel blessed to be part of this fast-changing culture and industry. To be able to leverage on my previous international experiences, to work for the goals that have been set out by both myself and my company.
What is your perception of investments and trading usually being a male-dominated industry? And how does that reflect on your position?
I feel like female investors like myself are able to see more than just numbers and reports. We use other senses and perceptions to get the full view of a company and the potential investment opportunity. I also believe that we, or at least I, have a stronger willingness to spend longer time on research and communicating information regarding a potential investment. Which I believe gives women an advantage regarding our investments compared to men’s more impulsive behavior.
What type of investor are you? A risk taker? A conscious investor? Do you do a lot of research before trading?
I am a very cautious investor. I calculate the risks to make sure that the investments I make are carefully thought out. As I said earlier, I do a lot of research and I have studied all of the investments I have made in my life – from the big picture ones and global trends to the very detailed investments with valuation methodologies and financial reports analyses. These methods have worked well for me and have helped me become the investor I am today.
What would be your advice for young people looking to start trading?
My advice for young investors just starting out is to find as much information as possible. Read and study the news to get a better perspective of what is happening around the world and how that could affect the current markets. Travel to different countries and cities and actually see the financial status and economy of other cultures with your own eyes. That will help you form a better understanding of what is happening around the world – compared to only reading the numbers and statistics of different reports. Invest as much time in the research as you would in the actual investment. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, learn from experts and ask questions – trading is a lifelong learning process and you shouldn’t be afraid of trying new things and find the method that works the best for you.
Who is Angelld the person? Hobbies? Family? Personal life?
Wow, hard question haha! I guess Angelld is a happy and ambitious lady who enjoys learning new things in life, traveling and her work. I just want to live the best life I possibly can and enjoy every day!
Interview by: Olivia Rönnlöv
Angelld Quah is the COO of FundedByMe Malaysia. Before FundedByMe she founded and ran a digital marketing firm, Alix Global, in 2014, that later got the approval to operate as an equity crowdfunding platform. Angelld also has previous experiences working as a flight attendant for both Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways. She graduated from Tunku Abdul Rahman University in 2003 with a degree in science, biochemistry and from Emirates Aviation University in 2008 with an international marketing degree. Today she manages and supervises the day to day business for FundedByMe Malaysia.