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Winners And Losers Of Malaysia Stocks In 2014

As we set foot into 2015, it is a good time for us to review what has happened in the past 12 months for the Malaysia stock market. Who are the winners and losers?

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 06 January 2015
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Perspective
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    Resilience In Play; KLCI To Hit 1,940 By End-2014

    The Malaysian economy is moving into a new era, based on consumption driven growth and shifting towards domestic demand, supported by its growing middle class group that are driven to create wealth.

  • Ong Qiuying and Daxx Chong
  • 03 February 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Perspective
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    Malaysia: Asia’s Overlooked Emerging Market

    Across the causeway, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia EMAS Index (FBM EMAS) generated a positive 12.4 percent capital gain for 2013, compared to a negative 2 percent return in the FTSE ASEAN Index, bolstered by political stability after the conclusion of an election during the year.

  • Shane Goh
  • 06 January 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Perspective
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    Tobacco Industry Hit By Price Hike And Bad News

    While British American Tobacco recently announced a price hike of 3% for all its tobacco products, the Ministry of Health had also tightened tobacco controls. Brokers believe there will be more bad news coming which would cast a pall over the tobacco industry’s outlook.

  • 25 June 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    74 - Perspective - Foreign Funds (Translated Article 2)

    Market Wary Of Foreign Funds Action

    With Barisan Nasional returned to power, the stock market rallied in response to the results of the recent elections, casting the limelight on the movement of the billions of Ringgit of foreign portfolio funds that were lying in wait.

  • 25 June 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    How Does One Predict Equity Market Returns?

    In our assessment of stock market attractiveness, we focus on two key parameters, namely earnings and valuations.

  • 25 June 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    74 - Perspective - Economic Stimulation (Translated Article 1)

    Economic Stimulation High On The Government’s To Do List

    The elections are finally over. On the same day Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced his cabinet line-up in mid-May, Bank Negara also released the economic growth data for the first quarter.

  • 24 June 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    74 - Perspective - KLIA 2

    The Tale Of An Airport That’s Not Quite One Yet

    The country’s first full-fledged airport for budget carriers has made news for all the wrong reasons. To begin with, the construction of the KLIA2 airport has been delayed by almost 2 years.

  • 24 June 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    74 - Perspective - Market Data

    Improving Data Could Reverse Market’s Slide

    Markets took a third leg down with global equities on the whole shedding -0.3% for the week ended 7 June 2013 as concerns over the state of the US economy (which would affect the Fed’s tapering of the QE program) and Japan’s aggressive push to revive its economy took centre stage.

  • 24 June 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    73- Perspective - The Trouble With Genting Singapore

    Genting Singapore’s Performance In The Spotlight

    There was disappointing news from across the causeway recently, when Genting Singapore shares plunged nearly 8 per cent on May 3, 2013 when the company announced less than impressive first-quarter results as its management turned cautious on its premium-player business in the face of slower China growth, receivables collection risks and an uncertain global economic outlook.

  • 22 May 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Top Equity Funds 1Q 2013: Funds invested into ASEAN Equities Triumphed The Rest

    Equity markets posted divergent performances in 1Q 2013, as developed markets including the US, Europe and Japan outperformed the developing Asia ex-Japan and Emerging Markets.

  • 21 May 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Fresh Outbreak In The Middle East To Encourage Glove Demand

    When news of a SARS-like virus outbreak surfaced in the Middle East, brokers were concerned that the epidemic would be more severe than the H7N9 situation in China, because the virus is capable of human-to-human transmission and has also caused deaths.

  • 21 May 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    73 - Perspective - Domestic Demand

    Election Fever Pushes Up Domestic Demand

    The general election is finally over. As the two camps slug it out, the people stand to benefit, whatever the outcome. More importantly, this hotly-contested election has undoubtedly pushed up domestic demand, especially during the period between the dissolution of parliament and the eve of polling day.

  • 21 May 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    73 - Corporate Digest - Perisai Petroleum

    Perisai Petroleum’s Prospects Promising

    Most listed companies, Perisai Petroleum included, have announced their respective results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Although brokers felt that Perisai Petroleum’s performance in the first quarter bears no surprises, with the impending listing of UMW’s oil and gas business set to drive up the profit outlook for the industry, coupled with expected future profits from Perisai Petroleum’s recent assets acquisition, brokers are feeling optimistic about the prospects for Perisai Petroleum.

  • 20 May 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Despite The Heat Of The Elections, Commercial Loans Cooling Off

    The political election fever that has gripped the nation is finally receding as the 13th General Election is now over. However, the showdown between the two opposing camps before the election had obscured the future of the business community, causing them to hold back on making any business decisions.

  • 20 May 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    73 - Perspective - China Roadmap

    China’s New Strategic Roadmap: Proactive Fiscal Policy, Prudent Monetary Policy

    It was hardly a surprise that the Chinese government maintained its growth target at 7.5% for 2013, after lowering it from 8% in 2012. We have witnessed the slowdown in the global economy weigh on China and subsequently seen trade, among other economic indicators bottom out in the third quarter of 2012.

  • 20 May 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    72 - Perspective - Property Plunge

    Do Watch Out Before Taking The Property Plunge

    In spite of the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and the nightmarish collapse of the US economy in 2008, East Asian countries have since recovered from these crises.

  • 24 April 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    72 - Perspective - The Cyprus Effect

    Home Loans Picking Up Pace

    When Bank Negara started gently reining in home loans last year, household debt was pulled back from the brink of some 80% of the country’s GDP.

  • 24 April 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    72 - Perspective - Banking Industry

    Stellar Borrowing Figures Bode Well For The Banking Industry

    Despite the cooling measures imposed by Bank Negara to rein in housing prices, bank loans take-up rate in February, especially home loans, have been nothing short of stellar. Brokers are thus optimistic about the future of the banking sector and are maintaining an “outperform” rating for the sector.

  • 23 April 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    72 - Perspective - Exports Consolidation

    Exports Still In Consolidation

    Major overseas economies, especially the US, have been reporting good showings lately. However, bad news still surface from time to time, indicating that external demands are yet to stabilise completely.

  • 23 April 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    72 - Perspective - Diversified Portfolio

    Have You “Truly” Diversified Your Portfolio?

    While reading the ‘haircut’ news in Cyprus, I was reminded of the traditional teaching that is preached by most financial planners, insurance agents and unit trust agents. For years, they have been reminding the public with the phrase “Not to put all your eggs in one basket”. Hence, you need diversification.

  • 23 April 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    72 - Perspective - The Cyprus Effect

    The Factor Of Inflation And Interest Rates That Many May Have Neglected

    Lately, there has been euphoria in the Asian property markets, as prices have risen sky high. Many own a few houses nowadays, some even accumulated more debt than they will ever be able to pay in their lifetime hoping that their owned house rental can automatically settle their debt obligation.

  • 22 April 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    72 - Perspective - US Stocks

    Why Investors Shouldn’t Worry About Us Stocks At All-Time Highs

    The S&P 500 index recently ended 1Q 2013 at a new all-time-high of 1569.19 points, finally surpassing the 1565.15 closing high achieved in 2007, and having risen a hefty 131.9% since the market trough in March 2009.

  • 22 April 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Revisiting The Investment Case For Small Caps

    2012 was a surprisingly good year for equity funds, particularly so for selected funds invested in the smaller capitalisation space like the Hwang Asia Quantum Fund which rose a hefty 27.4% (which was better than the 15.1% return for the broader Asia ex-Japan market) or the OSK-UOB Emerging Opportunity Unit Trust which posted a 22.6% return in 2012, significantly outpacing the 10.3% return for the broader Malaysian equity market.

  • 20 March 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    71 - Perspective - Gold & Silver Investments

    What Your Financial Planner Doesn’t Know About Gold & Silver

    What do you do when the traditional advice by your financial planner don’t work? The “Buy and Hold” strategy has now become the “Buy and Hope” strategy. However, when asked about the only asset that could help stabilise your portfolio which is gold & silver, most financial advisors recommend you to hold less than 10% of these metals in your total portfolio.

  • 19 March 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    71 - Perspective - Wrong Market Perception

    Everything You Know About The Market “Is Wrong”

    Casual observers of financial markets are these days likely to have formed a fairly clear view of things. Common perceptions are that stocks have never been as volatile and dangerous; that the good times are behind us and we should all learn to live with much lower returns in our portfolios; and that physical gold is the only thing we can really call a safe investment anymore.

  • 19 March 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Palm Oil Stockpile Declines, Specific Growers Ripe For Technical Buy-In

    After being hit by plunging palm oil prices, growers are finally reporting in better-than-expected results at the back of a depleting stockpile. Although the situation in the first quarter of this year is not likely to improve drastically, things are expected to look up in the near future thanks to the depleting stockpile and the Government’s tweaking of export tariffs.

  • 19 March 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Billions Worth Of Foreign Funds Lurking In The Market

    The general elections are set to become the political and economic focal point in the first quarter of this year. As surely as the gusty wind precedes the storm, once the market catches even a whiff of a rumour that the Prime Minister is announcing the dissolution of Parliament, it almost certainly would go into collective correction.

  • 18 March 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    71 - Perspective - Economic Stability

    Robust Domestic Demand Contributes To Economic Stability

    The economy grew at a better-than-expected pace in the final quarter of last year, while the full-year economic growth hit the upper-limits of the growth forecast. Furthermore, the foundation to ensure the continued growth of domestic demand has been laid and it is already starting to see some results.

  • 18 March 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    The Minimum Wage System – Who Wins?

    Foreign bus drivers in Singapore recently staged a strike to demand pay that commensurate with their work.

  • 27 February 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    70- Perspective - Economy Stabilising

    Economy Stabilises After Round Of Cooling

    As we venture into 2013, the Malaysian economy is expected to grow steadily through infrastructure developments in the wake of the upcoming general elections.

  • 26 February 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    70- Perspective - Economic Growth

    The Economy Holds Firm At 5%

    Since the 2008-2009 financial tsunami, Malaysia has been successful in its effort to put the economy back on track with a growth rate of 7.2% in 2010.

  • 26 February 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Are Singapore REITs Still Attractive?

    As of 6 February 2013, there were 24 Real Estate Investment Trusts listed on the Singapore Exchange which are included in the Singapore REIT benchmark index.

  • 26 February 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    70 - Perspective - Property Market

    Selective Growth For Property Sector In 2013

    The Malaysian property market is expected to rise by a moderate 1% in 2013 as consumer sentiment improves along with an expected recovery in the global economy in the second half of the year.

  • 25 February 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Local Oil And Gas Industry Enjoys Higher Valuation Than Regional Peers

    In view of the difficulties that Petronas had lately in releasing engineering contracts, brokerages believe that the company, which contributes to as much as a third of Malaysia’s national income, will speed up the release of new contracts after the thirteenth general election.

  • 25 February 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    69-Perspective - Invest US

    Some Positives About The US For Investors To Focus On In 2013

    To cite an overused cliché, 2012 was a “Goldilocks” year for the US economy – growth was neither too fast nor too slow, although some may argue that the 2.2% growth (forecasted for 2012 by the consensus) for the world’s largest single-country economy should hardly be considered “just right”, in view of the severity of the 2008-2009 recession.

  • 23 January 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Will 2013 Be A Better Year For Investors Like You?

    Depending on what report you have read; your own outlook as well as what strategies you will employ in your investing, you often hear contradictory stories about the state of the global economy in 2013.

  • 23 January 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    69-Perspective - Airline Industry

    A Solution Needed For The Airline Industry

    Before budget airlines appeared, travellers had to pay much more for the air tickets than now. With the sharp drop in air ticket prices, people can now take two trips with the same amount of money they paid for one trip in the past.

  • 22 January 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Near-Term Focus Centres On Election Risk

    As we head into 2013, the general election (due in April 2013), in our view, will be a key risk that will underpin the performance of the local bourse in the first half year.

  • 22 January 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Home Loans Slowdown To A Soft Landing

    After signalling distress over the last three years, the household loan bubble has finally appeared to start easing off and is expected to slow further this year, although the situation is still far from rosy.

  • 21 January 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    High Risk Lurking Behind Low Inflation

    As another new year begins, and we look back at the performance of the Malaysian economy in 2012, the country can be given a pat on the back for having done well with the growth rate of the gross domestic product that is almost certain to hit 5% and even beyond. The Malaysian economy performed especially well at keeping inflation at bay.

  • 21 January 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Mixed Outlook For Palm Oil Futures

    The stronger than expected 2.628 million metric tonnes Malaysian palm oil inventory for December 2012 announced by the Malaysia Palm Oil Board did not do any favours for Malaysian exporters.

  • 21 January 2013
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Banking Industry Weighed Down By Growth Fatigue

    Bank Negara released a set of figures for October, showing that net profit from interests and loans to households continued to slip. As a result, brokers are wary of the prospects of the banking sector.

  • 18 December 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    68-Perspective - Service Sector

    Seeking High Growth By Consolidating The Services Sector

    Despite the fact that the economic situation overseas is still on shaky grounds and external demand is still weak, the Malaysian economy surprised with a higher-than-expected 5.2% growth in the third quarter.

  • 17 December 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    68-Perspective - Capital Movements

    Huge Capital Movements Cause For Concern

    Amidst the vagaries of overseas financial markets, Malaysia is also facing the situation of wild swings in out-bound capital flows.

  • 17 December 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    68-Perspective - Economy

    Domestic Demand To Support Malaysian Growth In 2013

    There have been two “negative” growth predictions for Malaysia in 2013. The first came from Nomura Singapore Ltd economist, Euben Paracuelles. He predicted that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) will slow to 4.3% in 2013 from the 5.3% expected to be registered this year.

  • 17 December 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    The iCapital.Biz Saga De-Mystified

    iCapital.Biz (SYM:5108) has been in the spotlight for two reasons lately, one for its fund manager, namely Capital Dynamics Asset Management; receiving approval from the Securities Commission (SC), to apply for a dual-listed global fund. The second and of more interest to investors, is a boardroom tussle involving the founder of the fund, namely Tan Teng Boo; together with Laxey Partners Limited from the U.K. which recently raised its shareholding in the fund to 6.9 percent, making it the single largest shareholder of the fund.

  • 21 November 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    67-Perspective - Banking

    Implementation of ETP Programmes Likely To Curtail Further Slowdown In Lending Rates

    Even as lending continues to slow down in September, brokers believe that the trend will reverse in the last quarter of this year, thanks to the implementation of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

  • 21 November 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    The Effects Of Erratic External Demand On Exports

    Since it rose from the ashes of the last financial tsunami, Malaysia’s exports and foreign trade has experienced a series of roller-coaster ups and downs over the past three years, and has emerged from them battered but not beaten.

  • 21 November 2012
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    Three Reasons Not To Ignore Global Emerging Markets

    Even as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank recently downgraded their forecasts for global growth in 2012 and 2013, Emerging Markets remain a bright spot, with long-term structural themes of increasing urbanisation, favourable demographics and a growing middle-class expected to propel their economies forward.

  • 20 November 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    67-Perspective - Manufacturing

    Manufacturing Sector Should Look Beyond Infrastructure Development

    Battered by the slump in Western countries and the slowdown in the Chinese economy, Malaysia’s manufacturing industry has been shifting from being export-driven to one that is primarily domestic driven, and most recently; to a reliance on infrastructure development.

  • 20 November 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Robert Kuok’s Investment Moves Ripples The Market

    Though Malaysia’s richest man Robert Kuok claimed that he was just making a normal market transaction when he sold all his shares in Malayan Sugar Manufacturing Co. Bhd to the subsidiary of Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) – Federal Global Ventures Holdings, in January 2010 through his own subsidiary, PPB Group (SYM: 4065, main board – consumer products), his drastic move still caused a public uproar; for back in 2005, when Robert Kuok accepted Padiberas Nasional Bhd’s (PNB) offer to privatise developer Pelangi Sdn. Bhd., he effectively sold off most of his real estate business in Malaysia.

  • 19 November 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    67-Perspective - US Elections & Stocks

    Stocks Slump Post – Election As Fiscal Cliff Looms

    Major indexes looked beyond the political certainty following the US elections and turned in one of their worst performances of 2012 as worries about Europe and the looming fiscal cliff weighed on stocks.

  • 19 November 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    The Proton-Honda Engagement

    After it took over Proton, DRB-Hicom Berhad gave assurance to its investors and Malaysians in general, that action would be taken to ensure the car company would become competitive again.

  • Predeeben Kannan
  • 19 November 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    66-Cover Story (Perspective) - Budget 2013 (Tax Structure)

    Changes In Tax Structure To Attract More Investments

    When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak revealed Budget 2013 in end-September, he hinted at changes in the tax structure in the immediate future – from one that had been over-reliant on direct taxes and petroleum returns to one that focuses on indirect taxes.

  • 24 October 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Budget 2013 Targets Consumer Spending For Economic Growth

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib unveiled his 2013 Budget at the end of September. It was a budget that was generously sweetened, with a view to stimulate spending, to sustain the country’s economic growth in 2013 and aim to achieve the economic growth target set under his economic transformation plan.

  • 24 October 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Equity Investments, Post Budget 2013

    The Malaysia Budget 2013 was announced on 28 September 2012, filled with goodies and incentives for the Rakyat. The Budget has been described by many as “business friendly and household centric, and market commentators agree that the government has struck a good balance between growth ambitions and fiscal responsibility.

  • 23 October 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    What Impact Will QE3 Have On South East Asian Markets?

    The US Federal Reserve announced the third round of quantitative easing (QE3) in an attempt to boost stronger economic growth that in turn would generate sustained improvement in labour market conditions as well as maintain price stability with inflation at 2.0% over the long run.

  • 23 October 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Reduction In CPO Prices To Benefit Malaysia

    As the world’s second biggest palm oil producer, Malaysia is expected to reduce crude palm oil (CPO) export taxes and also discontinue the duty free export facility, in a bid to strengthen market prices and increase the competitiveness of local refineries. This development is expected to take place in January 2013.

  • 22 October 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Bank Ratings Maintained Despite Slower Loans Growth

    Despite a slowdown in the overall bank loans growth rate in August 2012 as compared to the same period last year, brokers believe the market has already taken this trend into account earlier on and are thus maintaining a “neutral” investment rating for the banking sector.

  • 22 October 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Intrigue Behind Ownership Restrictions On Indonesian Banks

    If one were to mention that Indonesia has a population of 240 million, his audience may not be able to visualise the significance of this number; however, when one mentions that it is equivalent to 10 times of Malaysia’s population or half the population of Southeast Asia, the picture would become clearer.

  • 22 October 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Turbulent Capital Flows Difficult To Stabilise

    Before the Euro zone debt crisis could subside, a string of bad news about the Spanish economy started bombarding the market, sparking fears of a Greece-style threat to withdraw from the Euro zone being re-enacted in Spain.

  • 28 September 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Surging Growth In The Construction Industry

    The Malaysian economy grew at a surprising rate of 5.4% in the second quarter, not only exceeding the generally expected 4.6% by a comfortable margin but also surpassing even the most optimistic market forecast of 5.2%.

  • 27 September 2012
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    Passive Success: Index Funds Are On A Roll. Will It Persist?

    So far in 2012, passively managed domestic-equity funds have trumped their actively managed rivals in more ways than one.

  • 27 September 2012
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    Successful Investors Are Successful History Students

    Recently, I picked up a personal finance book written by a local author from a local bookstore.

  • 26 September 2012
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    Telecommunications Industry Results In Line With Expectations

    The second quarterly performance of the telecommunications industry as a whole, including major players like Maxis, DiGi and Celcom, are in line with what brokers were expecting. What surprised everyone was the success that smaller players like U Mobile had in signing up more subscribers.

  • 26 September 2012
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    General Elections Factor On the Malaysian Economy

    The Malaysian economy has seen several economic cycles since the country achieved independence in August 1957.

  • Predeeben Kannan
  • 29 August 2012
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    Real Estate Sector Walking On Tight Rope

    While the infrastructure developments of the Greater Kuala Lumpur project under the Government’s grand Economic Transformation Plan are just being started, Prime Minister Najib Razak recently presided over the launching ceremony of the RM26 billion Tun Razak World Trade Center.

  • 29 August 2012
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    Johor Sparing No Expense To Model Itself As A State Of Theme Parks

    Singaporeans often lament the size of their island and its lack of fun places to go.

  • 27 August 2012
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    Manufacturing Showing Signs Of Distress

    With inflation retreating, the Malaysian people still feel that costs are high while the growing Malaysian economy indicates little risk of deflation.

  • 24 August 2012
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    Games And Festive Seasons To Boost Media Advertising Revenues In 2H12

    Bolstered by the slew of international competitions and festivals like Hari Raya, National Day and Christmas in the second half of this year, brokers believe that advertising revenue will rise and in turn stimulate the share prices of media companies.

  • 24 August 2012
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    Baby Bear In China’s Economy?

    When the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) cut interest rates early in July, markets took the hint that the economic conditions in China will be worse than previously expected.

  • 24 August 2012
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    Large Opportunity For Big Pharmaceuticals

    Emerging markets carry significant barriers to entry and should broaden geographic footprints and strengthen moats for most Big Pharmaceutical firms. In short, emerging markets still offer strong competitive advantages for Big Pharmaceutical firms.

  • 10 August 2012
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    Implications Of Weakening Chinese Commodity Demand

    Through sustained rampant growth, China has forged itself a place as an economic powerhouse in the international community.

  • 27 July 2012
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    Budget Airlines To Reap Competitive Advantage With Low Costs, Higher Pricing Power

    The aviation and transportation industry will continue to face serious challenges in the second half of this year as the downturn in the Eurozone and US drags on.

  • 26 July 2012
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    REITs Experiencing Phenomenal Growth In Malaysia

    The Malaysian Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) market has hogged the limelight recently, mainly due to excellent year-on-year growth over the last few years.

  • Predeeben Kannan
  • 25 July 2012
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    Increase In Home Loans Brings Record Bankruptcy Rate

    As the economic situation abroad remains unclear – the American economy limping along and the Eurozone crisis being far from over – Bank Negara adopted a cautious, “tighten on rise, relax on fall” approach since it took an aggressive stance to tackle the problem of rising home loans.

  • 25 July 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Wavering Foreign Trade And Exports

    The Eurozone crisis is still casting a pall over the global economy.

  • 25 July 2012
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    With Rates At Historic Lows, Central Banks Forced To Get Creative With Monetary Policy

    In the face of weak global economic growth, investors are actively monitoring monetary policy changes by central banks around the world. In fact, three of the world’s key central banks have cut their key monetary policy rates in the recent months, and there are certainly more to come.

  • FactSet
  • 24 July 2012
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    The Spanish Inquisition (Part 2)

    Investors now know that Spain has been extended a lifeline by the Eurozone – a €100 billion bailout for its troubled banking sector.

  • 24 July 2012
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    Kenanga Points To Sliding Latex Prices And Strong US$ As Possible Boons To Glove Makers

    Putting together the recent slide in latex prices and the US dollar strengthening against the ringgit, analysts at Kenanga Investment Research are hopeful that our domestic glove makers will see a rise in their net profits of between 11 percent to 27 percent.

  • 26 June 2012
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    Pace Of Funds Flight Faster Than Inflow

    International economies are swayed by the fluxes in the uro zone, and Malaysia is starting to feel the repercussions. After the heroic efforts to rescue last year’s balance of payments (BoP) back from the previous year’s deficit and log in a positive balance sheet, Malaysia’s BoP was pushed back into the red in the first quarter this year.

  • 26 June 2012
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    Bonds And Economic Performance Tied Up Intimately

    Economies around the word are still plagued by the debt crisis in Europe, leaving stock markets floundering about. Coupled with the relatively low rate of return from sovereign bonds of developed countries, investors have turned to regions with higher yield bonds, and thus boosting the Malaysian bonds market.

  • 26 June 2012
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    All-Round Efforts To Reach 5% Growth Target

    As widely expected, no thanks to the anaemic external economic situation and the drama of the Eeurozone debt crisis, growth in the Malaysian economy slowed down in the first quarter of this year and fell short of the 5 % percent growth target. Comforting ourselves by the mentality of “less loses is a winlower losses equate to a win”, the growth in the economy ‘just’ slowed to 4.7% percent this quarter, faring better than the 4.3% percent to 4.5% percent that the market was expecting.

  • 26 June 2012
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    Silver, The New Gold

    Gold is often considered as the most reliable hedge against inflation. Each time the value of the dollar declines, the value of gold increases. The bad news is inflation is ever increasing and, therefore, the value of a currency can only move downwards.

  • 26 June 2012
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    The Spanish Inquisition

    The European sovereign debt crisis has come under renewed pressure in recent weeks after having stayed out of investors’ scrutiny since the European Central Bank’s Long Term Refinancing Operations (LTROs) and the completion of a restructuring of Greek debt brought it some respite.

  • 21 June 2012
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    The Mid Year Outlook For International Fixed Interest And Equities

    Until the most recent Eurozone problems, it had looked as if global bond yields might have been headed back up to more normal levels. The US 10-year Treasury yield had risen close to 2.4 percent in the second half of March – still very low by historical standards, moving towards levels that made more sense in an economy with a 2 to 2.25 percent inflation rate.

  • 21 June 2012
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    The Facebook Fiasco – Lessons To Be Learned

    For millions of people all over the world, Facebook represents the true meaning of open unadulterated expression – the ability to communicate freely with friends and colleagues in the most interactive manner. Others see it as a movement tracker, business networking space, while some even see it as the ideal “get to know” or “dating” site.

  • Predeeben Kannan
  • 21 June 2012
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    Why Did China Set Its 2012 Growth Target Lower At 7.5%?

    Premier Wen Jiabao announced at China’s 11th National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting that the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth target will be adjusted downward from 8 to 7.5 percent for 2012. Even though this was the first downward adjustment after holding the GDP growth at 8 percent for seven years, we think the market’s initial reaction to the lower than 8 percent GDP growth was overplayed.

  • 24 May 2012
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    A Marriage Of “Inconvenience” Ends In A “Timely” Divorce

    The Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia short-term marriage of resources and routes was just another chapter in the dismal state of affairs facing the local airlines industry. Eventually, this chapter was put to a close with dissolution of the inadequate arrangement.

  • 24 May 2012
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    Passive Versus Active Fund Management: The Malaysian Experience

    Studies in developed countries have shown that fund managers rarely outperform the broader market, leading investors to believe that market-tracking passive investments are the smarter choice for wealth accumulation. In this article, we find out whether the same holds true for the Malaysian stock market.

  • 24 May 2012
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    Manufacturing Revival Proves Elusive

    Things seemed to have start looking up for the manufacturing sector when encouraging figures were released this February. Yet, upon taking a closer look, one would notice that this year’s Lunar New Year fell on January – unlike last year when it fell on February. The result of this astronomical phenomenon is an overlap in the basis of comparison for these two months, in which January figures were dismal while February figures were fantastic. This made it very difficult to declare for sure that there is indeed a revival in the manufacturing sector.

  • 24 May 2012
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    Slowdown In Bank Loans A Double-Edged Sword?

    The stricter measures implemented by Bank Negara last year to curb household debt, have since been implemented this year. Early indications reveal that it is beginning to affect all common purchases on credit at the early stages of implementation.

  • 30 April 2012
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    Why Have US Financial Stocks Done So Well In 2012?

    Following a torrid 2011 where US financial stocks declined by 18.5 percent, the sector has posted a strong rebound in 2012. As of 16 March 2012, the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Financials index posted a strong 21.1percent year-to-date gain, significantly outpacing the 11.7 percent return for the broader S&P 500 index (return are in US dollar terms, excluding dividends).

  • 30 April 2012
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    Steady Strategy Of The Provident Fund Paid Off, Yielding High Dividends

    We predicted in this publication in end-2011 that as long as the date for Malaysia’s general election remains uncertain, punters would continue to go after the related low-capitalisation stocks.

  • 30 April 2012
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    Tug Of War Behind Asset Inflation

    Despite starting the year with poor financial figures, and the likelihood that the economy in the first half of the year will be slower than last year, the Malaysian stock market ended the first quarter of this year on a record high.

  • 30 April 2012
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    Malaysian Economy To “Defend 4%, Strive For 5%”

    The Malaysian government has finally lowered its growth forecast for this year, in the face of poor external economy and stunted growth in the domestic economy, from the 5 to 6 percent announced during the unveiling of the budget last October to 4 to 5 percent.

  • 30 April 2012
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    Minimum Wage System To Suppress Earnings And Shrink Gloves Stocks’ Earnings By 13%

    With the imminent implementation of the minimum wages system, brokers believe that once it happens, the payroll costs of the glove industry will rise by 11 to 15 percent, while net income will be correspondingly reduced to between 3 to 13 percent. Among industry players, Top Glove Corporation [SYM: 7113] will feel the pinch most.

  • 26 April 2012
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    Islamic Market Awaiting Sustained Development

    With the Western markets, led by Europe and the United States, declining in recent years, the Islamic industry and financial markets are gaining more and more attention. Malaysia’s Financial Sector Blueprint for 2011-2020 is still staying true to the goal of becoming the international Islamic financial centre.

  • 29 March 2012
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    The Fate Of Chinese Banks If Non-Performing Loans Increase

    Looking at crucial profitability indicators such as Return on Equity (ROE) and Return on Asset (ROA), they have been steadily increasing in the past several years, indicating that the large banks in China are financially healthy. Despite the seemingly healthy position of Chinese banks, a cooling property market and weakening economy could lead to a spike in default on loans, translating into a direct effect on banks’ capital.

  • 26 March 2012
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    Putting The Brakes On Household Loans To Allow The Economy To Change Track

    Given the lackluster performance of the broader external economy, the Malaysian economy achieved 5.1 percent growth last year with the help of domestic demands. Although the economy achieved the official forecast of 5-6 percent, by taking the stance of ‘securing 5 percent, targeting 6 percent’, the Government only managed to achieve a growth rate of slightly higher than 5 percent. Things are certainly not looking good.

  • 26 March 2012
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    Stable Results And Profits Prompt Bankers To Look To Loans Market

    By Cecelia Kong The local banks have been releasing their results for their performance in the final quarter. Apart from noting that they are stable and generally in line with expectations, brokers believe that the industry will face the risk of a slowdown in loan growth this fiscal year.   Brokers pointed out that once [...]

  • 26 March 2012
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    Sluggish Palm Oil Market Belies Hidden Strength

    Crude palm oil (CPO) futures prices at Malaysia’s Derivatives Exchange had been fluctuating wildly as driven by a variety of factors. Despite the recent fall in production, weak export prices have caused exports in February to retreat 10.5%, slashing the earnings ratio of palm oil to 2.4% since the beginning of the Dragon Year. The outlook for March is slightly more promising, due to higher soybean oil prices, an increase in exports to the US, and news of positive factory figures from China.

  • 26 March 2012
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    What You Can Expect From The Malaysian Economy In 2012

    Often we can tell how a country’s economy will perform, from the trends and analysis seen early in the year. For Malaysia, export growth slowed sharply in January 2012, with an increase of just 0.4 percent, compared to forecast figures of around 2 percent. There are quite a few incriminating reasons for that, such as the long holidays as well as the Chinese New Year season, but the latest news from China is likely to play a bigger role in deciding the direction of Malaysia’s trade in the coming months.

  • 26 March 2012
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    Hidden Traps In Malaysia’s Balance Of Payments!

    Since suffering a small deficit of more than RM 2.6 billion in our balance of payments (BoP) two years ago, Malaysia’s BoP last year reported a substantial improvement with a surplus of RM94.8 billion.

  • 26 March 2012
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    Olympics, European Cup, General Election – Three Reasons For Cheers In The Media Industry

    With the 2012 London Olympics, 2012 European Cup Championship and the Malaysian General Election just round the corner, stock brokers believe that the Malaysian media industry will stand to benefit from this flurry of events, to not only grow the businesses but also see the valuation of listed media companies go up.

  • 28 February 2012
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    Stimulating Domestic Demands By Turning From Retail To Investments

    This is the fifth time in a row that the Committee left rates unchanged. However, its statement released after the policy meeting showed that the Government has reversed course and is no longer depending on domestic consumption to stimulate economic growth. While domestic demands remain the key driver, the government is now looking at investments as the main stimulant, rather than consumer spending.

  • 23 February 2012
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    Listing Of Integrated Healthcare To Stimulate Revaluation Of Industry

    Brokerage firms are hopeful that, as the investment arm of Malaysia, Khazanah’s decision to list Integrated Healthcare Holdings (IHH) will not only trigger a wave of consolidation within the healthcare industry, but more directly stimulate the revaluation of listed healthcare companies in and around Malaysia.

  • 23 February 2012
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    The Impact On Malaysia When Local Enterprises Invest Abroad

    With waning domestic consumption and the uncertainties enshrouding other economies, the Malaysian Government needs to rely on domestic investments in order to sustain the continued growth of our domestic demands and achieve its economic growth target.
    In the face of the growing importance of domestic investments, the Government was urged to pay attention to the growth of our manufacturing industry and take concrete measures as soon as possible to keep the running cost of the industry low, in order to retain our local enterprises and to prevent divestments.

  • 22 February 2012
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    Smart Devices And Mobile Broadband Penetration Still ‘Low’ In Malaysia

    The Malaysian telecommunications industry can still be considered a ‘growing’ market compared to its closest neighbour, down south. While 3G penetration rose from 2 percent in 2006 to 35 percent in the third quarter of 2011, it still pales compared with Singapore’s 107 percent penetration rate in September 2011*.

  • 22 February 2012
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    The Meteoric Rise Of Government-Linked Companies

    In recent years, Malaysian government-linked companies (GLCs) have shaken free of the image of languishing companies. Since the series of reforms and restructuring of these companies started in 2004, they have been returning better and better dividends to the Government year after year.

  • 22 February 2012
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    Keep An Eye On India

    In 2011, India’s equity market was characterized by volatility as investors’ sentiment was negatively impacted. The poor investors’ sentiment was a result of various factors such as an unfavorable economy, rising inflation, monetary tightening by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), depreciation of the Rupee, prolonged government divestment programme, a lack of policy reforms, and the unresolved European debt crisis among others. Declining by 24.6 percent in local currency terms and by 34.4 percent in RM terms, the Indian equity market was the worst performing market in 2011.

  • 22 February 2012
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    Khazanah Aims To Become A Global Healthcare Player

    After agreeing to sell off its 42.7 percent stake in domestic carmaker Proton to DRB-Hicom for an offer price of RM5.50 per share or RM1.29 billion, it seems that Khazanah will be focussing more on the booming Asian healthcare industry, instead. The company managed to fend off a battle royale with India’s Fortis Healthcare over Parkway last year and is now focusing on building its Integrated Healthcare Holdings (IHH) most likely for a dual listing in the Malaysian and Singapore stock exchanges, sometime in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

  • 22 February 2012
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    Three-Pronged Policy To Stimulate The Economy In 1H12

    Even as we celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dragon and send off the Year of the Rabbit, we are still facing a messy macro environment and the debt crisis in Europe is still not out of the woods. Also, though the US economy has managed to steer clear of a double-dip recession, it is still lurching forward uncertainly. Having kept the world buoyant thus far, Asia’s two new emerging economies, China and India, are starting to run out of steam and may slow down to take a breather in the first half of this year, in order to avoid overheating.

  • 16 February 2012
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    Lingering Issues In Europe And US Slow Down Reconstruction Of Japan, Crops Planting Props Up Java Tiasa And Ta Ann Amidst Lethargic Timber Demands

    Despite Japan’s urgent need to rebuild what nature had destroyed recently, global economy continues to be spooked by the tottering efforts to resolve Europe’s and US’ debt problems, which, brokers believe, may hinder the reconstruction of Japan and thus dampen the recovery in demand for timber. For this reason, brokers are maintaining an overall “neutral” rating for the timber industry. However, Jaya Tiasa and Ta Ann turned out to be the silver lining in the whole picture.

  • 10 February 2012
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    MRT And Other Construction Projects To Take Off In 2012

    The year 2012 is expected to see newer projects awarded or taking off. Most of them are from project announcements already made in the 2010-2011 period such as the MRT, the impending Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail network, the Gemas to Johor Bahru double tracking project, and several highway jobs. Leading the way would be the much awaited MRT project phase 1 linking Sungei Buloh to Kajang. Works for this 51kilometre line should start by mid-2012 and be completed by mid-2017. It has been delayed from the initial 2016 due to land acquisition issues. This line will have 32 stations (8 stations underground and 24 stations above ground). Tenders for the station works are likely to be called by mid-2012.

  • 10 February 2012
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    What And Where To Invest In The Dragon Year?

    2011 has been an extremely turbulent ride for investors as global markets endured a volatile year. 1H 2011 started with severe turbulence such as natural disasters in Australia (floods and a hurricane), followed by Japan’s earthquake which resulted in a tsunami and nuclear crisis, while mass uprisings were witnessed in Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

  • 10 February 2012
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    Measures To Boost Domestic Demands Raise Spectre Of Record-Breaking Bankruptcies

    Beset with external challenges such as the poor economic conditions abroad, the looming debt crisis in Europe and a multitude of obstacles hindering world economic growth, coupled with the prospect of an election year and the early days of implementing the economic transformation plan at home, the Malaysian Government can only resort to stimulating domestic demands in order to keep the economy humming along.

  • 10 February 2012
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    An Analysis Of The Energy Sector In Malaysia

    In my article titled, A Case of Sharing the “Burden” published in Issue 55 (January 2012 issue) of Shares Investment, I highlighted Tenaga Nasional’s (TNB) (SYM: 5347) FY-2011 profit reduction and the justification behind it. It was reported that TNB’s net profits plunged to RM499.5 million in FY-2011 from RM3.2 billion in FY-2010, largely due to higher fuel costs. I also wrote about the gas shortage scenario and what Petronas (SYM: 5681) was doing to resolve this matter. In this issue, I will highlight more on Petronas’ point of view as well as that of Petronas Gas (P Gas) (SYM: 6033), to get a more holistic view on the matter. However to analyse the matter with more clarity, we need to first understand how the situation became so dire in Malaysia, a country which is a net gas producer and exporter.

  • 09 February 2012
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    2012 – A Challenging Year Ahead For Asia

    The year 2011 was gloomy for many countries, with a snail’s pace US economic recovery, the expanding Eurozone debt crisis, the Japanese Tsunami and earthquake, the floods in Thailand and the cooling down of the Chinese economy, due to inflation. The situation was further worsened by the uncertainties in the Middle East and ballooning budget deficits in many Asian nations. So, will 2012 be any better?

  • 09 February 2012
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    Crude Advances Amid Manufacturing Expansion, Tension Over Iran

    Oil climbed in New York after manufacturing activity in China and India expanded, while concern persisted that further sanctions against Iran may disrupt supply.

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  • 12 January 2012
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    Chaotic Current Affairs Cloud Economic Outlook

    In its report “Malaysia Economic Monitor” released end-November, the World Bank forecasted a slower economic growth for Malaysia at 4.3% for 2011 and 4.9% for 2012.

  • 12 January 2012
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    Sunny Days Ahead For Technology Industry As Thailand Floods Subside

    As Thailand dries up from its recent spat of floods, stock brokers are optimistic that the hard disk market that had been hit earlier by the flood is now well on its way to recovery. With prices pushed up due to the supply shortage brought on by the flood, analysts are expecting the industry will enjoy a rebound in the short run.

  • 12 January 2012
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    Thailand – Worst Flood Crisis in 5 Decades: What Is The Impact?

    Thailand has been hit by the worst flood crisis in 50 years since late July this year. The three-month-old disaster has run across 63 of 77 Thai provinces, killing around 533 people and inundated around 890 factories. As manufacturing and production lines have been disrupted, this article reviews the potential impact of the crisis on Thailand’s economy.

  • 28 December 2011
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    Stop-Gap Liquidity Measures Amid Fading European Economic Growth Prospects

    Major central banks across the world have undertaken a coordinated effort to increase liquidity to financial markets. The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank (ECB), Bank of England, Swiss National Bank, Bank of Japan and Bank of Canada have jointly embarked on a policy to increase the funding of USD to financial markets, aimed at ensuring troubled European banks have an accessible source of dollar funding.

  • 28 December 2011
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    Bargain Stocks Speculation Frenzy

    Despite an external economic climate spooked by the debt crisis in the EU, failed attempt by the US to cut its deficit, and the unrest in the Middle East, as well as an uncertain domestic economic outlook coupled with lacklustre corporate performances and profits, the Malaysian stock market was gripped by a bargain-stock feeding frenzy in November.

  • 28 December 2011
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    Torrents Of Foreign Funds Stirring Up The Stock Market

    Ever since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib took office, he had been promoting his economic transformation plan, and developments in 2011 were very closely monitored as the first phase of this plan unfolded. The task of the senior office holders in the Government was to bring in foreign investments in order to prove that the restructuring plan is welcomed by foreign investors.

  • 28 December 2011
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    Malaysia Shoring Up Domestic Demands In Battle To Defend 5% Growth Target

    Malaysia’s economy grew by 5.8% in the third quarter, which was much better than expected.

  • 28 December 2011
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    Banking Sector To Face Challenges In 2012

    The Malaysian banking sector performed relatively well in 2011, especially in the first half of the year. It was not the case for the later part of the year as loans growth showed signs of slowing down.

  • 27 December 2011
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    Local Airlines Flying Into Cloudy Skies

    The third week of November was a disappointing period for both AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines.

  • 02 December 2011
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    Oil Rises From 2-Week Low on US Supplies

    Oil rose from the lowest price in two weeks after a surprise drop in US stockpiles, and as an unexpected advance in German business confidence countered concern that Europe’s debt crisis will trigger a recession.

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  • 01 December 2011
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    Will The 2012 Budget Achieve Its Goals?

    The Malaysia 2012 Budget projects that the total government revenue will increase by 1.9% to RM186.9 billion in 2012. The operating expenditure is expected to increase marginally by 0.7% to RM181.6 billion, while the development expenditure is expected to decrease slightly by 0.1% to RM51.2 billion in 2012.

  • 25 November 2011
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    Rapid Progress Needed For Asean Economic Integration

    One of the key purposes that the Association of South East Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in 1967, was to ensure that the economic growth, social progress and cultural development was met in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community among the members nations and the region as a whole.

  • 24 November 2011
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    The Biggest Macroeconomic Stories Of The Third Quarter Had Large Political Components

    In our last quarterly update in June, we raised the possibility of a period of “inflationary deflation” and indeed, several of our teams have reported this phenomenon to a greater or lesser extent.

  • 23 November 2011
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    Analysing The Leveraging Of EFSF

    The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) was created by the Eurozone Member States on 9 May 2010 to safeguard the financial stability in Europe by providing financial assistance to Eurozone Member States, if needed.

  • 23 November 2011
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    Stable Growth Can Be Achieved Amid Challenges

    Malaysia’s economy grew only by 4% in the second quarter. Taking into account the 4.9% growth achieved in the first quarter, its economic growth of the first half of 2011 is merely 4.4%.

  • 21 November 2011
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    Flames Of Inflation To Be Doused

    Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said in early November that the government was very concerned about the rising inflation.

  • 21 November 2011
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    Property Stocks Reshuffle In The Wake Of Market Turbulence

    The Malaysian government’s investment arm Permodalan Nasional (PN) announced earlier that it will take over Malaysia’s second largest property developer by market value, SP Setia, at RM3.90 ringgit per share.

  • 09 November 2011
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    Will There Be A Transition Stage For The Malaysian Economy?

    All signs indicate that the Malaysian economy is suffering the same fate as its regional neighbours, as well as that of China and India.

  • 09 November 2011
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    Budget 2012 A Boon To Construction, Building Materials, Consumers And REITS

    On the whole, Budget 2012 has been dubbed by a number of economic analysts as “uninteresting”, yet from the perspective of the stock market, fundamentals analysts believe there are many “little bull run” opportunities, especially in construction, building materials, real estate and consumer stocks. However, the outlook of shipping stocks is rather stark in contrast.

  • 31 October 2011
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    Is Indonesia Still Attractive For Investors?

    Indonesia market has unavoidably suffered from the recent sell-off pressure emanating from the economic slowdown in developed markets and the heightened contagion risks in Eurozone.

  • 31 October 2011
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    Huge Rise In Malaysia’s Domestic Debt!

    At the moment, the US debt crisis is taking a breather while Europe is still reeling from its waves of debt crises. Malaysia, though free from external debts, is nonetheless spooked by them, especially by the steadily rising domestic debts.

  • 31 October 2011
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    Signs Of A Prolonged Economic Downturn Imminent

    You pick up the paper, watch TV, hear the radio, or just surf the internet, the one common thing you hear, see or listen is that the world is heading towards another economic downturn, similar or possibly worse that that of 2008.

  • 25 October 2011
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    Are Malaysian Banks Financially Capable Of Dealing With Another Global Crisis?

    The very last time when there was a global crisis led by the sub-prime meltdown in the US, Malaysian banks escaped without much harm done to their economic foundation.

  • 25 October 2011
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    Faltering Third Quarter Offers Little Cheer

    Ever since Standard & Poor’s downgraded the US Treasury credit rating in early August, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average to shed a staggering 635 points or 5.5% on August 8, the third quarter looked set to be one of much tough going, while the economy this year is bound for a roller coaster ride.

  • 18 October 2011
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    As Europe Prepares For Default…

    It was just 7 months ago when the outlook for Europe has been bullish. Several financial advisors in Singapore recommended exposure to the “European Story” and even this writer has been impressed with the growth potential of Germany and the benefits of a weak euro on the German economy.

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  • 18 October 2011
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    Double-Dip Recession Lessons From History

    Bad news has been coming wave after wave, and we have weathered potential crisis one after another potential crisis since June this year. On 29 June, Greece parliament narrowly approved a five-year austerity plan and successfully gained the fifth loan payment of 12 billion Euro from the 110 billion-Euro bailout plan. On 1 August, the gridlocked Congress finally reached a consensus on extending the country’s debt ceiling and a 2.1 trillion deficit reduction plan, to avoid a catastrophic default.

  • 05 October 2011
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    Supply Chain’s Gradual Recovery And New Myvi Model Bode Well For The Automotive Industry In 2H11

    Even though the Malaysian automobile manufacturers have turned in a lacklustre latest quarter with mixed results, analysts believe that, with the global supply chain disruption caused by the natural disaster in Japan gradually recovering, and the encouraging demand for the new Myvi, coupled with interest rates expected to remain low, the auto industry is expected to rebound over the second half of the year.

  • 05 October 2011
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    Volatile Times

    The proportion of companies that reported disappointing earnings in 2Q-11 was quite similar to the 1Q-11 results season while the percentage of those that beat expectations remained low.

  • 05 October 2011
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    Possible Mild Recession In Europe But Markets Overreacted

    August 2011 was a month that was full with negative news to the equity markets. First, we have the downgrade of the US credit rating by Standard & Poor, and then followed by the deterioration of the European debt crisis. European Central Bank (ECB) data shows that an unnamed bank tapped the ECB 7-day emergency liquidity facility for the first time since February 2011 to borrow EUR 500 million as short-term working capital. This incident has caused a plunge in European equity markets where banking stocks were being sold-off.

  • 04 October 2011
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    Sweets-Laden Budget Needed Both Politically And Economically

    The 2012 Budget that Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib will unveil on October 7 is almost certainly candies-laden. The only question that remains is how widely can our Government afford to distribute these sweets.

  • 30 September 2011
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    The Malaysian Dilemma

    After growing relatively well last year and decently in the first quarter of 2011, the Malaysian economy has clearly slowed down in Q2-2011. Many factors are working against the nations’ economic growth, some due to developments around the world, while some are purely due to fundamentals.

  • 28 September 2011
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    The Risk Of Stagflation In The US

    Monetary policy will not help as stagflation is the combination of the two evils in economics – inflation (or rising interest rates) and dampened demand. Tight monetary policy will kill off whatever depressed demand that remains, while a loose monetary policy will further fuel inflation.

  • Andy Chiok
  • 15 September 2011
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    The Banking Industry Grows Despite Sectorial Drawbacks

    The banking industry in Malaysia performed generally well in the first half of 2011. As a sign of the robust nature of the industry, total loans grew 1.4% m-o-m (month-on-month) for an above 13.4% year-on-year (y-o-y) figure.

  • 29 August 2011
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    Implications Of US Losing Its Coveted AAA Credit Rating

    On 5 August 2011, Standard and Poor’s (S&P), one of the “big–three” credit rating agencies, downgraded the US’s AAA rating by one level to AA+, and keeping the US outlook at negative. According to S&P, the current AA+ rating may be cut to AA within the next two years if spending reductions are lower than what has been agreed to. The US lawmakers agreed on 2 August to enforce USD2.4 trillion in spending reductions over the next 10 years, which is less than the USD4 trillion suggested by S&P.

  • 29 August 2011
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    The Key Economic Challenge Of Lowering The Cost Of Living

    Malaysia’s Cabinet decided in end July to include the task of taming the soaring cost of living as the latest addition to the current six national key performance areas.

  • 29 August 2011
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    Concerns Behind The High In-And Out-Flow Of Funds

    Minister of International Trade and Industry Dato Sri Mustapa expressed his confidence that this year’s inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI) into Malaysia will reach US$10 billion (or about RM30 billion), surpassing last year’s US$9.1 billion (about RM 27.3 billion) to set a new historic high.

  • 25 August 2011
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    Asia Caught In A Catch-22 Situation

    The past few weeks have certainly been tumultuous for most Asian markets, after the announcement of the US credit downgrade by Standard & Poors on August 5, 2011.

  • 25 August 2011
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    Thailand, The Pearl Of Emerging Asia

    Thailand’s SET had closed 2010 with a gain of nearly 41 percent. This was despite the domestic political tension, the ‘half-finished’ buildings doting its skyline from the days before the Asian Financial Crisis, and the recent credit crunch. Exports of Thai goods and services and a good dose of stimulus measures have notched GDP growth up 7.1 percent. In fact, the World Bank is forecasting GDP growth for both 2011 and 2012 to be 3.7 percent and 4.2 percent respectively.

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  • 11 August 2011
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    Asian Development Bank Warns Of Bumpy Road Into ‘Asian Century’

    Asia could be as wealthy as Europe by the middle of the century, but only if it tackles key challenges from inequality and corruption to climate change, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study said. On current trends, Asia will make up half of the world’s economic output by 2050, and another three billion people will have joined the ranks of the affluent, their incomes matching those of Europe today, the report,

  • 11 August 2011
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    Gold Higher In Asia As Central Banks’ Buying Caps Downside

    Gold prices were volatile in Asian trading but news of more central banks’ purchases supported prices at elevated levels and capped any downside, contrary to market expectations of a sharp pullback following a resolution on the US debt issue.

  • 11 August 2011
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    Malaysia – England Relations Thawing

    During the British colonial days, rubber was introduced into Malaysia and went on to become an important primary product to our region. Over the past decade or so, bilateral relations have stalled to the extent that Malaysia has missed the opportunity to position itself as an entrepôt like Singapore and Hong Kong for UK’s outreach into the Asian market.

  • 11 August 2011
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    1% Rise In Statutory Reserve Rate Little Effect On Lending Low Loan-to-Deposit Ratio Puts Banks In Favourable Light

    After its monetary policy meeting in July, Bank Negara announced that it would maintain the overnight policy rate (OPR) at 3%, taking the market by surprise. Analysts believe that in view of the menacing state of inflation, BN may still have some headroom to raise interest rates, benefitting banks with relatively low loan-to-deposit (LTD) ratio.

  • 02 August 2011
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    Rising Interest Rate Not A Damper To China’s Growth

    China’s year-on-year inflation surged to 5.5% in May. Inflation for non-food items recorded a monthly increase, reflecting that inflationary pressure has begun to spread from food items to other core items in the CPI basket.

  • 02 August 2011
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    Arrest inflation at 5%  

    Inflation, as earlier expected, has taken off and is on its way up. Since the last quarter of last year, Malaysia’s consumer price index has bottomed out and has been rising for six consecutive months.

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  • 28 July 2011
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    One Of Life’s Greatest Regret – Failing To Plan For One’s Estate

    It is now confirmed that failing to handle and plan for one’s estate is one of the greatest life’s regrets as revealed in a recent book written by a palliative doctor in Japan, Dr. Otsu Shuichi. As a palliative doctor, Dr. Shuichi helps to reduce the severity of disease symptoms suffered by terminally ill patients. So far he had accompanied more than a thousand patients in their last part of life’s journey.

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  • 27 July 2011
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    The Amended Hire Purchase Act And Its Impact On Car Sales

    In mid June this year, the amended Hire Purchase Act 1967, or better known as the Hire Purchase Act (2010 Amendments) came into force. Under the amendments, several processes in the sale of new and used cars were revised with intention to benefit the consumer or end user. In addition to this, several changes were made to the process of repossession of cars by hirers who have defaulted, as well as changes to car inspection procedures, especially for used or old cars.

  • 27 July 2011
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    Is The Tecnology Sector Still Attractive?

    Global investors’ appetite for risk was significantly dampened over the last two months as the market was flooded with negativity arising from slowing global growth as well as re-ignited European debt woes. As a result, risky asset prices corrected, giving up gains made year-to-date, with some even in the red.

  • 27 July 2011
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    Behind The Battle Of The Red And Yellow Shirts

    During the first weekend in July, the battle between Thailand’s Red and Yellow Shirts reached a decisive stage when more than 30 million voters went to the poll. Eventually, the Puea Thai party from the Red camp won more than 52% of the parliamentary seats, and the stock market rallied in response to the news.

  • 27 July 2011
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    Efforts To Raise Capital For Economic Transformation Need More Thought

    The economic transformation plan of the Malaysian Government is now in full swing. One of the most closely watched factor is the funds needed to keep the transformation process on track. The success of the transformation plan depends on the Government’s ability to raise capital from public and private sectors.

  • 25 July 2011
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    Stand United Against Inflation

    With international oil prices staying stubbornly high and global inflation continuing its brooding ferment, this evil brew has thrown the social, political and economic structure into a state of disorder and unrest. One can never underestimate the impact of inflation: when the RON97 petrol price in Malaysia was raised three years ago, it trig­gered a series of price hikes that saw a plate of chicken rice costing as much as a ringgit more.

  • Shares Investment
  • 20 July 2011
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    Temasek, Khazanah To Jointly Invest In S$11B Singapore Developments

    Singapore’s Temasek Holdings and Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional will jointly invest in two integrated property developments in Singapore estimated to be worth about S$11 billion, in what could be the largest co-investment ever by the neighboring southeast Asian nations.

  • 05 July 2011
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    Be A Good Person – Don’t Produce ‘Black-Hearted’ Food

    ‘Black-hearted’ (tainted or substandard) food often rears its ugly head among certain countries in which their public awareness education are lagging behind that of other emerging countries despite their rapid economic growth.

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  • 05 July 2011
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    The Next Stage For The Malaysian Economy

    The availability of a variety of commodities in its export basket proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Malaysian economy, despite the slowdown at the global front. In the latest export figures released for the month of April 2011, the country sold more liquefied natural gas, palm oil and refined petroleum products.

  • 24 June 2011
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    Four Reasons Why We Remain Positive on the China Market

    The Chinese equity market represented by the Hang Seng Mainland 100 (HSML100) index went down 9.3% (in RM terms) in 2010 and was the second worst performing market among our coverage of 19 markets. The underperformance has continued through 2011 thus far and the HSML100 index only managed to gain 1.0%, lower than the average of global markets (MSCI AC World index up 2.6%) and the debt-stressed Europe market (Stoxx 600 index up 6.7%) (all in RM terms year-to-date as of 18 May 2011).

  • Shares Investment
  • 23 June 2011
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    Unique Investment Challenges for Those Who Have Created Wealth

    For majority of the population, investment is the most important function of their wealth management. Their major concern is to accumulate the required capital sum to meet their financial and life objectives as soon as possible. However, does the same concern apply to those who have created wealth?

  • Shares Investment
  • 09 June 2011
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    Examining The Consensus’ Case For Combating Inflation

    While governments attempt to battle inflation and control rising prices through measures such as allowing their local currencies to appreciate, it remains to be seen if it will be sufficient to dampen recent price acceleration.

  • 09 June 2011
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    Malaysia And Singapore Competing For Talents‬

    Veteran politicians in Singapore and Malaysia made the headlines once again in mid-May. 87-year-old Lee Kuan Yew has finally stepped down from Singapore’s Cabinet after spending more than five decades there as its anchor politician, thus ushering in the “post-LKY era” in the Lion City.

  • 09 June 2011
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    Johor Plays The Economic Development Card‬

    The recent Singapore general election was hailed as one that was the most gripping. Not only were Singaporean voters all hyped up, the Malaysian public across the narrow strip of water was similarly excited, following the developments closely as they unfurled.

  • 09 June 2011
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    A Tale Of Two Economic Indicators

    Since the beginning of the year, the Malaysian economy has seen two key rises. The first allowed local exporters and the general public to purchase International goods at cheaper prices, while the second was viewed with disdain by economists and the public, alike.

  • 11 May 2011
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    Asian Currency Plays

    Despite the earthquake in Japan, Standard & Poor’s is just as positive about Asia, maintaining that Asia ex-Japan GDP growth will slow only marginally in 2011.

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  • 11 May 2011
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    A Look At The Fundamentals Behind The Recent Oil Price Hikes

    With turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) worsening over the past two months, oil prices have risen by over 30% since February 15, 2011.

  • 03 May 2011
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    A Triple Threat In Asia – The “Overheating” Chinese Economy, Rising Gold Prices and Food and Energy Price Movements, Raise Concerns

    The Chinese economy continues to generate interest among analysts and investors alike, for two key reasons.

  • 03 May 2011
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    Let Fly The Silver Bullets Come Election Time

    The state election in Sarawak drew to a close on April 16, 2011. This landmark event was another shake-up after the political crisis of March 2008.

  • 03 May 2011
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    The Life And Death Issues Of Rare Earth Plants

    If not for the sensational report in a March issue of the New York Times, the people of Malaysia may still not be aware that the radiation scare is right at their doorstep!

  • 03 May 2011
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    Threat Of Inflation A Worry For Asean Nations

    For most countries in South East Asia, the memory of hikes in food prices triggered by the rise in crude oil prices to US$147 per barrel in July 2008 still remains fresh in the minds of the general public and policy makers alike.

  • 20 April 2011
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    The Top Markets In 1Q-2011: Who’s Fastest Off The Starting Line?

    1Q- 2011 got off to a good start for investors as most equity markets extended 2010’s spectacular year-end rally.

  • 20 April 2011
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    Malaysia Central Bank Expects 5-6% GDP Growth In 2011; Flags Inflation Risk

    Malaysia’s central bank forecast the economy to grow between 5.0% and 6.0% this year – slower than 2010′s 7.2% expansion – and warned of growing risks from inflation, which reinforces the view that interest rates may be raised as early as May, when its next policy rate meeting will be held.

  • 01 April 2011
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    Malaysia February CPI Above View; May Rate Hike Possible

    Malaysia’s consumer prices in February rose at a quicker-than-expected pace, further increasing the likelihood the central bank will raise interest rates at its next meeting in May to keep inflationary pressure in check.

  • 01 April 2011
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    Japan Will Not Fall Into Recession After The Sendai Earthquake

    The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and Tsunami that hit Sendai and the Miyagi prefecture in Japan has pummeled investors’ confidence over the recovery of Japan’s economy.

  • 01 April 2011
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    Will The Rising Sun. Finally Set In Japan?

    The recent earthquake and subsequent Tsunami dealt a cruel blow to the land, its people and especially the economy of a nation, that seemed like it was about to bounce back from the global economic meltdown of 2008.

  • 01 April 2011
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    The Malaysian Telecommunications Industry Analysed

    According to the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) that acts as the regulator for the telecommunications industry, there were a total of 30.794 million cellular telephone subscribers in Malaysia at the end of March 2010.

  • 07 March 2011
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    Tension Spreads Across The Global Economy

    The recent political upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East have only added stress to the world economy, still recovering from the crisis in the Euro zone. Looking back at history, it is quite evident that political and social uprisings in countries such as Iran and Iraq have caused volatility on oil supply and demand. In the last couple of weeks, we have witnessed similar concerns due to the situation in Libya.

  • 07 March 2011
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    Wet Weather Gets The Better Of Kuala Lumpur Kepong

    Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) was in the spotlight recently when some RM 491 million was erased from its market capitalisation, as it shares came under selling pressure on February 9, 2011. KLK is a Malaysian multinational company involved in plantation, manufacturing, property development and retailing.

  • 07 March 2011
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    The Dilemma Of Asia – Inflation Versus Economic Growth

    After observing the January effect where some Asian markets posted strong gains during the first two weeks of the year, there is now a reversal of foreign funds from Asian markets to the developed markets.

  • 07 March 2011
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    More Stringent Control Of The Banks Needed

    Have you encountered one or more of the following unpleasant scenarios at the bank?

  • 07 March 2011
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    Avoiding The Middle-Income And Plump-Officials Trap

    Malaysia’s economy grew more than 7% last year, and it laid a sound foundation for us to achieve the target of an average annual growth of 6% over the next 10 years. With this figure as the basis for growth at the launch of the “New Economic Model”, our next challenge is to clarify what is in store for economic transformation.

  • 07 March 2011
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    How To Deflect Inflation Deftly

    Like most Asian countries, Malaysia has prevailed against the tsunami of the financial crisis, but, with the ongoing Middle Eastern / North African unrest, is now facing the grim possibility of a replay of the 2008 international crude oil and commodity price inflation panic.

  • 07 March 2011
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    Tighten Money Supply To Rein In Inflation

    The People’s Bank of China announced in early February that the 1-year lending rate and 1-year deposit rate will both be raised by 25 basis points, effectively adjusting both rates to 6.06% and 3% respectively, with effective from February 9.

  • 07 March 2011
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    Cautious Celebration Over The Malaysian Economy’s Showing

    The fourth quarter and full year economic growth data of last year released last Friday is a mixed bag of blessings. The good news is, despite the precarious external economic conditions, particularly of Europe, that unhinged Asia’s, including Malaysia’s, exports, Malaysia’s economy managed to achieve an annual growth rate of 7.2% in 2010. This result was our best since 2000 and it exceeded all expectations.

  • 07 March 2011
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    A Good Year For The Auto Sector

    The year 2010 ended on a positive note for the automotive sector, with Total Industry Volume (TIV) expected to be in the region of 590,000 when the results are announced in the not too distant future. The good news is expected to linger on into 2011 with TIV for 2011 expected to be in the region of 622,000 units, a 5.4% increase over the anticipated figures for 2010.

  • 07 February 2011
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    The Top Markets For 2010 – So What’s Next For 2011?

    2010 had been a good year for most investors as most equity markets extended 2009’s spectacular rally to end the year at higher levels. With emerging markets leading global growth, particularly the Asia excluding Japan economies, they turned out to be the forerunners. Among these emerging markets, the ASEAN markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand did particularly well, delivering strong returns for investors.

  • 07 February 2011
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    Manufacturing Sector Waiting For A Favourable Wind

    With weak external demands and domestic demands easing from a peak, Malaysia’s manufacturing sector is showing signs it is running out of steam. Coincidentally, climate changes and the industrialised West loosening its money supply have breathed a breath of life into the commodities market, thereby propping the manufacturing sector up into a sideways growth pattern in the nick of time.

  • 07 February 2011
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    January Effect Takes Place In Most Markets

    The January effect was evident between 30 December 2010 and 14 January 2011, as more than half of the 19 markets that we covered closed higher in the first and second week of January (see Table 1). On the regional basis, the Japan equity market performed the best in the first week of January as the Nikkei 225 Index increased 3.05% from 10228.92 points in 30 December 2010 to 10541.04 points on 7 January 2011.

  • 07 February 2011
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    The Steel Industry Sees Better Days Ahead

    The last time the steel sector had phenomenal growth was during the 1990’s. It happened during the period between 1994 to1997, when the sector traded at an average of 1.6x BV while the average steel consumption was 3.8 million metric tons (mt) per annum. Steel consumption then was supported by mega projects such as the KLIA, KLCC, Putrajaya city and LRT lines. Using the 1994-1997 cycle as a yardstick, the steel sector is now poised for a re-rating.

  • 07 February 2011
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    What Would The World Economy Be Like In 2011?

    Analysts are of the view that commodity prices will move up gradually in 2011. Although the belief is that the rollercoaster ride will continue – most commodity prices are expected to be between 5 to 10% higher by the end of 2011 compared to current prices. Factors other than demand growth (e.g., inventories, excess capacity, exchange rates, and speculative activity) will influence the extent of increases.

  • 17 January 2011
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    Do Not Inflate The Bubble Anymore

    In a bid to save their own economies, the United States and Western powers have ignored the interests of others, not knowing that it would have harmful repercussions to all in the future.

  • 11 January 2011
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    Global Emerging Markets Outperformed In 2010, And Likely To Do So Again In 2011

    Year 2010 has just passed, and markets had been somewhat a rollercoaster ride for investors during this period. Investors would definitely still remember that the equity markets worldwide suffered a decline in the early part of 2010 when the European sovereign debt (Greece) crisis started to surface.

  • 10 January 2011
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    Europe: GDP Growth Not So Slow After All?

    UK released 3Q 2010 GDP data on 26 October 2010; most of the other European economies released their 3Q 2010 GDP data on 12 November 2010. While UK saw a stronger-than-expected 0.8% quarter-on-quarter growth, the other two major economies, France and Germany, came up slightly short of analysts’ expectations as they grew by 0.4% quarter-on- quarter and 0.7% quarter-on- quarter respectively.

  • 07 December 2010
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    Collective Investment Schemes: Separating Alpha From Beta

    In order to outperform each other, traditional ‘long only’ funds are coming up with trading tactics designed to generate tracking error. Andy Chiok takes a look at some of the more common ‘tricks of the trade’.

  • Andy Chiok
  • 07 December 2010
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    The Malaysian Economy: Moving Cautiously Forward

    Despite signs of a slowdown in the world economy next year, Malaysia remains confident of achieving at least 5% to 6% growth. In contradiction to the World Bank’s earlier report of a 4.8% growth for the country, this is the opinion of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

  • 07 December 2010
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    Volatility In KLCI Performance Amid Uncertainties In Global Economy

    Malaysia’s equity market has again delivered a mixed performance in Nov 2010, closing at 1,506.05 points on 19 Nov. In late Oct till early Nov, the FBM KLCI (KLCI) was generally on a bullish rising trend, with the index breaking through the 1,500 psychological mark.

  • 07 December 2010
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    Normal Or Abnormal Economy?

    As expected, the performance of the economy during the 3rd quarter had indeed slowed down as compared to the first two quarters, albeit at a greater than expected extent.

  • 06 December 2010
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    From Interest Hike To Credit Crunch?

    At the latest monetary policy meeting on the 12th of November, Bank Negara decided to keep the overnight policy rate unchanged at 2.75%. This marks the second time since the previous monetary policy meeting on September 2 this year that Bank Negara has resolved to hold interest rates steady.

  • 06 December 2010
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    A Look At Malaysia’s Budget 2011

    Malaysia’s Budget 2011 will be achieved though four pillars of the national transformation agenda, namely the 1Malaysia concept, the Government Transformation Programme, the New Economic Model and the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP). This is also the first budget under the 10MP.

  • 16 November 2010
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    Activating The Transformation Budget

    As expected, when the much-hyped up 2011 Budget that purportedly would transform our economy was announced, economic transformation was its central focus. Measures, both hard and soft, were laid out to lay the foundation for transformation.

  • 16 November 2010
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    2011 Budget To Sustain Growth Momentum

    Although the Government recently announced in the 2011 Budget that it would continue reducing its fiscal deficits, the extent of the reduction turned out to be less significant than what the market was expecting.

  • 16 November 2010
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    Only Two Credit Cards?‬

    Here’s a quick survey: How many credit cards do you have sitting in your wallet right now? 3? 5? 8?

  • 16 November 2010
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    China – Tricky Days Ahead

    The surprise hike on the benchmark interest rates now conveys that China is giving a strong signal to banks to rein in lending after its surge in recent weeks and has been hiding the rampant inflation in money binge. It should now give a pause to those who have been living on this assumption that the Chinese economy is on sound footing.

  • 16 November 2010
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    FBM KLCI Remained On Rising Trend In October

    Malaysia’s equity market has again exuberated strong performance in the month of October, closing at a high of 1,486.78 points as at 20th October 2010. While the KLCI fell to a low of 1,451.19 points on 24th September 2010, it has since rebounded strongly and even breached the psychological level of 1,500 points in intraday trading on 14th October 2010.

  • 16 November 2010
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    Developments In The Malaysian Banking Sector

    The Malaysian banking sector is expected to see phenomenal growth this year with experts indicating figures of some 7.5% in 2010, compared to the 6.7% growth achieved in 2009.

  • 11 October 2010
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    Economic Planning To Boost Local Construction Sector

    The Malaysian construction sector is expected to grow with most many key projects that have yet to take off, expected to start in the second half of this year.

  • 11 October 2010
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    Strong Performance In September Buoyed By Inflow Of Foreign Funds

    Malaysia’s equity market displayed a strong performance in the month of September, reaching a high of 1,466.97 points as at 17th September 2010.

  • 11 October 2010
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    China Needs To Reflect Yuan’s True Value

    Tension over China’s exchange rate and tightly controlled economy raised concern that the Asian nation may not live up to its promise.

  • 11 October 2010
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    Policies Need Tightening To Attract Huge Funds

    The Performance Management And Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) of the Prime Minister’s Department has identified 131 flagship projects worth a total of US$444 billion (RM1.38 trillion) to help realise the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

  • 11 October 2010
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    How Shall The US Save Its Economy?

    Most of the governments and central banks around the world will adopt the strategy of relaxing monetary and fiscal policies to stimulate the economy to counter every economic downturn or even recessions.

  • 11 October 2010
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    Reset, Transform, Restart

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its annual Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, and it showed Malaysia’s competitiveness ranking falling again, from 24th last year to 26th.

  • 11 October 2010
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    Avoid The Dilemma Of A High-Income Nation Earning Low Wages‬

    A year has passed and gone since Prime Minister Najib Razak trumpeted his ‘vision of a high-income nation’; to be exact, 16 months have transpired since he unveiled this lofty vision on Labour Day (1 May) last year.

  • 01 October 2010
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    Look South To Learn About Caring For The Underprivileged‬

    The Economy Restructuring Plan introduced by Prime Minister Najib Razak has transformed the New Economy Policy into the New Economic Model.

  • 01 October 2010
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    Are Our Highways For Sale Or Not?‬

    Rumours are rife that there is another bid to acquire all of the tolled highways in Malaysia.

  • 01 October 2010
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    Banking On Financial Sector Growth

    Maybank is riding on a better than expected results wave. Its 4Q-2010 net profit of RM912 million was 11% lower q-o-q due to higher pre-emptive provisions.

  • 01 October 2010
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    Would There Be Another U.S. Recession?

    It would seem that the vicious cycle affecting the US housing market is beginning to show itself once again.

  • 01 October 2010
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    Malaysian Economy Records Strong Growth In Q2

    The Malaysian economy continued on an uptrend by reporting a second quarter (Q2) of positive growth.

  • 01 October 2010
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    Upward Trend Continues

    The Malaysian equity market posted an upward trend in the month of August despite the temporary drop in the second week of August. News in August came in mixed, but there was positive news including the strong GDP growth in Germany and better than expected corporate earnings results in US, which continued to support the KLCI’s upward trend.

  • 01 October 2010
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    Air Asia Sees Brighter Skies

    Air Asia posted a record quarter earnings as its second quarter 2010 core net profit jumped 45% y-o-y to RM198.9million, driven by stronger ancillary income and yield.

  • 01 October 2010
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    How Effective Is The Eurozone Stress Test On European Confidence?

    The global financial crisis and the effects on the economies of Europe are so large a concern among regulators in the continent, that they conducted tests on 91 European Union banks recently.

  • 24 August 2010
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    Malaysia – Coping With Subsidy Cuts

    Malaysians have long benefited from subsidies for a long list of items ranging from fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), sugar and flour amongst others. As a result, citizens of this country always enjoyed the cheapest prices for essential items in South East Asia. This looked like it was about to change in mid-July when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that prices of sugar, LPG tanks and fuel at gas pumps will see their subsidies reduced.

  • 24 August 2010
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    Local Market Largely Driven By External Factors

    The Malaysian equity market started off the month of July with a temporary drop in the first week of July before staging an upward trend over the next two weeks. Despite optimism arising from China’s de-pegging of yuan from USD which could help increase competitiveness of exports from developed economies coupled with improving China’s purchasing power, the optimism quickly faded towards the end of June amid renewed concerns on the health of the global economic recovery, driven by weak housing figures in the US in addition to austerity measures announced in various countries which could hurt the fragile economic recovery.

  • 24 August 2010
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    Strong Growth Expected In The Malaysian Auto Industry

    Despite negative news of recalls in Japan and South Korea, the Malaysian auto industry continued to grow healthy. Year on year growth was seen positive as at May 2010. Total industry vehicles (TIV) grew by a strong 16% y-o-y to 50,800 units in May 2010. This came on the back of a low base in 2009, which was affected by the global financial crisis.

  • 24 August 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Implications Of The VAT Saga In Indonesia

    Wilmar International, owned by Malaysia’s richest man Robert Kuok, was recently accused by Indonesia for illegally receiving large sums of tax refunds.

  • 02 August 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Challenges Of The 10th Malaysia Plan

    The 10th Malaysia Plan is the first half of a grand master plan to transform our economy and see us become a high-income nation by 2020.

  • 02 August 2010
  • Malaysia Nanyang, Malaysia Perspective
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    Road Bully At Bank Negara’s Doorstep‬

    In the 12 years that the President of Bank Negara, Tan Sri Dr Zeti, has been in office, his neutrality has been questioned by the public only twice.‬

  • 02 August 2010
  • Malaysia Nanyang, Malaysia Perspective
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    Uphill Road Ahead For Malaysia’s Economy

    It has been more than two weeks since the 10th Malaysia Plan was unveiled, and the nation is still abuzz about this grand plan, which constitutes the first half of the New Economy Model, that will steer our country through the next 10 years.

  • 02 August 2010
  • Malaysia Nanyang, Malaysia Perspective
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    Technology: Outlook Remains Sanguine

    Technology counters on KLSE have been performing spectacularly well during the global economic recovery

  • 23 July 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Emancipation Of The “Yuan”

    China began what analysts believed was a step forward over the last few weeks, by breaking the yuan’s peg to the dollar.

  • 23 July 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    A Steady Uptrend In June Amidst Mixed News

    Malaysia’s equity market has been on a steady uptrend in the month of June.

  • 23 July 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Beware Of The Downside Risks For Gold!

    Gold spot price hit a record high of US$1,235 per ounce on 12 May 2010 as the sovereign debt crisis in Europe spurred risk aversion. Investors remain concerned about the details of the 750 billion Euro rescue plan and the externalities of the liquidity injection to the European economy.

  • 18 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Now Is The Time To Cut Back On Subsidies!

    With the ever widening budget deficit, stubbornly high national debt and limited sources of revenue, the Government has finally decided to cut back on subsidies.

  • 18 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    The Beginning of A Global Crisis of Confidence

    May 25, 2010 can be remembered for many things by many people, but most importantly for the world economy – it indicated a new sign that the world is heading towards a crisis that could be far worse than the crisis of 2008.

  • 18 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Unusual Shrink In Inventory Worrisome

    Even though Malaysia’s economy is out of the recession, with the first quarter this year registering a double-digit year-on-year growth rate of 10.1% for the first time in 10 years, many people indicated that they are not feeling that this country’s economy is indeed growing as strongly as the figure showed.‬‪

  • 18 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Subsidy Scheme Is Innocent Of Our National Debt

    With the financial tsunami triggered by the U.S. just subsiding, we are pummelled by the debt crises of Europe. As we worry about our federal government’s debt, the focus, unfortunately, is pinned on the cost of the subsidy scheme.‬‪

  • 18 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    A Turbulent Market In The Month Of May

    KLCI had a tumultuous moment in May, triggered by various factors such as Europe’s debt crisis, Germany’s ban on short selling China’s tightening policies and negative news flow from some of the major companies in Bursa Malaysia.

  • 18 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Fund Managers See Value In Thai Stocks Amid Escalating Unrest

    Fund managers upped their investments in Thailand during the month of April, seeing opportunity as escalating political unrest weighed on valuations, according to Dow Jones Newswires’ monthly fund manager survey.

  • 11 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Infrastructure Development – The Long Road To High-Growth

    Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak unveiled his New Economy Model on Tuesday, listing three major objectives, the most important of which is to double the per capita income over a 10-year period from the current US$7,000 to US$15,000, thereby elevating the national income level to the ranks of high income economies.

  • 11 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    The Dichotomy Of M&A Regulations

    Whenever a law enforcement agency, regulatory agency or even a government intends to implement new regulations, it is commendable of them to be willing to hear the people out and gather the views of industry players.‬‪

  • 11 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Manufacturing’s Bumpy Road To Recovery

    While Malaysia’s manufacturing and production is on its way to recovery, the way ahead is far from smooth sailing. The industrial and manufacturing production index for this February was far from satisfactory, signalling that the road to recovery ahead is still a bumpy one.

  • 11 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Spectacular Performance By The Malaysian Ringgit

    The ringgit had a spectacular performance this year. It was the best performer among regional peers by strengthening 6.6% year-to-date against the USD.

  • 11 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    KLCI Ends March On Positive Note

    The month of March ended on a positive note. Following the continuous rise of the last 7 trading days, the FBM KLCI closed on a high note at 1,320.57 points which was 49.79 points higher than its opening of 1,270.78 points.

  • 10 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Room For Asian Currencies To Strengthen Further In 2010

    Singapore’s decision to revalue its currency to prevent economic overheating can prompt policy makers in China and other Asian nations to start withdrawing monetary stimulus especially with growth in the region outpacing the rest of the world.

  • 10 June 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    An Unexpected Hike By The Central Bank

    In a surprise move by Bank Negara Malaysia, the OPR (Overnight Policy Rate) was hiked by 25 basis points to 2.25% in its latest monetary statement

  • 21 April 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    A Month Of Ups And Downs

    For a start the US Dow fell below 10,000 pts on 8 Feb-10 to close at 9,908 pts, the first drop in 2010.

  • 21 April 2010
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Small Pullbacks Limit Opportunities

    The stock market continued to be very bullish despite being oversold for quite some time. Pullbacks in the current uptrend rally were so small that many traders who waited for significant pullbacks were unable to ride on the current rally.

  • Malaysia Edition
  • 15 June 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Markets Soaring With Confidence

    The equity market has been bullish since March. The KLCI climbed as high as 1,059.88 points before settling at 1,044.11 points at the end of May. The index increased about 24% since March.

  • Malaysia Edition
  • 15 June 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    RSI – Probably The Most Misunderstood Indicator

    Buy when it is “oversold” and sell when it is “overbought” – this is what most traders, investors and even some technical advisors would conclude when using relative strength index (RSI) in technical analysis.

  • 15 June 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Malaysia Enters Recession

    Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) plunged by 6.2% y-o-y in 1Q09 following steep declines in export and industrial production.

  • Malaysia Edition
  • 15 June 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Swine Flu Hogged News, Investors Barely Sneezed

    Unlike previous epidemic outbreaks, investors appeared unfazed by the outbreak of the Influenza A virus subtype H1N1, the official name for swine flu.

  • Malaysia Edition
  • 15 June 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    KLCI Rallies While Regional Markets Correct

    While other regional markets started to go into a correction mode, the Malaysian equity market remained in a bullish mode last month after forming a reversal early in the month.

  • 13 May 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    High-End Cigarettes And Proton Surprise

    BAT reported 1Q09 net profit of RM205.9m (-2.6% y-o-y, +19.1% q-o-q) is in line with consensus forecasts. No dividends were announced for the quarter.

  • 12 May 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    World Markets Rebound, KLCI Slightly Cautious

    Markets around the world rebounded in the middle of March following a rally in the US. Investors went bargain-hunting as there was a slight improvement in volume.

  • 16 April 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Markets Headed Downward

    Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI): Growing Selling Pressure

  • 16 March 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Should I Invest for Growth or Income?

    One of the common questions that plays in the minds of most investors is the purpose of investing – should an investor invest for growth or income?

  • 16 March 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Hidden Gem: An I.T. Powerhouse In The Making

    Unperturbed by a slowing economy and the perceived intense competition within the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) industry, TechnoDex Bhd is finding opportunities in niche markets to carve a name for itself.

  • 16 February 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Market down but shows short-term bullish momentum

    It was another month of uncertainty as the year ended. As expected, the KLCI traded in a tight trading range, between 835 and 888 points, lower than the previous month. It closed at 869.62 points before Christmas and this is very near the monthly closes for the past two months.

  • 08 January 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Who To Spend?

    As we enter 2009, it is no longer imperative the level of GDP growth Malaysia registered in the year that just passed – either 5.5%, 5.0% or even 4.5%. What is more important is the level of economic growth one foresees this year.

  • 08 January 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Gloomy Global Outlook

    The deterioration of advanced economies such as the US, Euro zone and Japan is expected to impact the growth of developing economies such as Malaysia, say several analysts.The subprime mortgage collapse in Aug 2007 followed by a credit squeeze in March 2008 created turmoil in the US and Europe, causing the bankruptcy of several well-known financial institutions and record-level retrenchments.

  • 08 January 2009
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Strategies for Investing During Uncertain Times

    With the impact of the high fuel price and other economic as well as political uncertainties that often plague stock markets globally, it is only natural for the local stock market to face similar implications.

  • 20 November 2008
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    KLCI May Decline Further

    The KLCI easily broke through the immediate support of 950 points and plunged to its lowest low since June 2004 at 801 points before rebounding immediately.

  • 19 November 2008
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    The US in another dilemma: will Malaysia catch cold this time

    The US$700b rescue plan recently introduced by President George W. Bush, though supported by Federal Reserves chairman Ben Bernanke as a measure to avoid a recession, was opposed by many free-market advocates amongst politicians and economists.

  • 14 October 2008
  • Malaysia Perspective
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    Regional bourses hit by US crisis

    30 September, 2008: The Malaysian stock market was the least affected by the US financial crisis.

  • 14 October 2008
  • Malaysia Perspective
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