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Prof Dr Low Soo Wah

Prof Dr Low Soo Wah

email  swlow@ukm.edu.my

phone + 603-89213479

Low Soo Wah is a Professor of Investments at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, where she teaches courses in finance in the master and doctoral programs at UKM-Graduate School of Business. She received her B.B.A. from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1991, her M.B.A. and Ph.D. from University of Arkansas, USA in 1994 and 1998 respectively. Soo Wah’s research focus is investment with particular interest in unit trust or mutual fund performance, financial sector development and issues related to Asian financial markets. Her academic work has been published in among others, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Applied Economics, Emerging Markets Review, Managerial Finance, Global Economic Review: Perspectives on East Asian Economies and Industries, Prague Economic Papers, and Journal of Asset Management. She has also been involved in several ASEAN+3 Research Group projects funded by Ministry of Finance, China and Ministry of Finance & Economy, South Korea on topics such as private sector development, regional economic growth and financial integration; financial conglomeration in East Asia region; and fostering assset management industry for regional capital market development. Soo Wah has also served as a finance assessor to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI) for project proposal evaluation. She was formerly the Managing Editor of Capital Markets Review from 2005-2012, a journal published by the Malaysian Finance Association.

Selected Journal Publication

Low, Soo-Wah; Glorfeld, Louis; Hearth, Douglas; and Rimbey, James N. (2001). “The Link Between Bank Monitoring and Dividend Policy: The Case of Dividend Omissions,”  Journal of Banking and Finance 25, 2069-208. (Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. (North Holland) of the Netherlands).

Ghazali, Noor Azlan and Low, Soo-Wah. (2002). “The Expectation  Hypothesis in Emerging Financial Market: The Case of Malaysia,”  Applied Economics 34, 1147-1156. (Taylor & Francis Group, UK).

Low, Soo-Wah. (2008). “A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Malaysian Unit Trust Fund Expense Ratios,”  Journal of Asset Management  9, 270-277. (Palgrave Macmillan, UK).

Low, Soo-Wah and Yong, Othman. (2011). “Explaining Over-subscription in Fixed-Price IPOs –Evidence from the Malaysian Stock Market,”  Emerging Markets Review 12, 205-216. (Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. (North Holland) of the Netherlands).

Low, Soo-Wah and Chin, Yi-Bing. (2013). “Refinements to the Sharpe Ratio – Evidence from Malaysia Equity Funds,”  Global Economic Review: Perspectives on East Asian Economies and Industries 42(1), 72-93 (Taylor & Francis Group, UK).

Research Area


Investments (Unit Trusts and Equity Markets)

Area of Research

Unit Trusts/Mutual Funds; IPOs; Financial Development (stock market/banking)


Investment Management; Advanced Investment; Investment; Investment and Portfolio Management, Investment Analysis; Portfolio Management; Financial Seminar; Financial Management; Managerial Finance; Principle of Financial Management; Financial Theory; Principle of Corporate Finance; Money and Capital Market.