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Five ways to hedge against ringgit volatility

The rising affluence of Malaysians and the ringgit’s gyrations have forced people to look into ways to hedge against the US dollar

Challenges for large projects in the Klang Valley

THE pockets of large integrated development in Brickfields, Bangsar and Damansara Heights in the Klang Valley bear some interesting aspects. It is as much a glance into the past as a glimpse into the future.

This year marks KFH’s 10th year in Malaysia.

Another change at the helm of KFH

KEEPING track of the changes at the top of the standalone foreign Islamic finance outfit, Kuwait Finance House (M) Bhd (KFH Malaysia), is not easy.

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GST effects beginning to be felt

THE goods and services tax (GST) has seen its fair share of hiccups since its implementation on April 1, 2015, but the storm is far from over.

2 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

GST

Singaporean senior citizen Seah, 70 ,working to survive their life in the island republic

Retirement tips for 40-plus

THEY say that the best rule when it comes to saving for retirement is to start as early as possible. However, many don’t even consider saving for retirement until later on in their working years... much later.

2 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Personal Finance

Ecofirst land bank fast expanding

EVEN before small property developer Ecofirst Consolidated Bhd has completed the acquisition of a 62-acre piece of land fronting the Middle Ring Road II at Ulu Kelang from Zurich Insurance (M) Bhd, it now has inked a deal to buy another 25 acres next to the 62-acre parcel.

2 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Ecofirst Consolidated Bhd

Chia: “We closed our facility in Sunnyvale simply because it was not meaningful anymore.”

Unisem scales down ops

WITH its US testing facility in Sunnyvale, California ceasing operations, semiconductor company Unisem (M) Bhd has gone a step further to enhance its efficiency and now supports its key markets – the United States and Europe – completely out of its facilities in the East Asia where cost is more competitive.

2 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Corporate News

Can NCB attract investors?

CAN NCB Holdings Bhd get back on the investors’ radar following its healthy first quarter earnings? This question is even more pertinent considering the resounding success of its closest competitor Westports Holdings Bhd.

2 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Investing

Rebound imminent

REVIEW: The closely-watched Dow Jones Industrial rose 21.45 points to 18,080.14 while the Nasdaq Composite Index and the S&P 500-share raced to a record closing high on the previous Friday, propelled by strong results from big names in the technology sector, such as Google, Amazon and Microsofts.

2 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Stocks

MCT to unveil 3 more hotels in Klang Valley

KUALA LUMPUR: Integrated builder MCT Bhd, which is currently operating a 243-room hotel in Subang Jaya, will be introducing three more hotels with a combined gross development value (GDV) of over RM400mil.

4 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Property

Petronas completes asset acquisition

BAKU: Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas (O&G) giant Petronas has completed its transaction for the acquisition of O&G related assets in Azerbaijan, following a sales and purchase agreement it signed with Norway-based Statoil in October last year.

4 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Oil & Gas

March adex 9% higher on GST deadline factor

PETALING JAYA: Advertising expenditure (adex) in March grew 9% year-on-year to RM1.2bil from RM1.1bil in the previous corresponding period as advertisers looked to push sales before the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) on April 1.

4 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Stocks Analysis

New Bank Negara quidelines seen weighing on earnings.

PETALING JAYA: The recent Bank Negara revised guidelines on restructured and rescheduled (R&R) loans could hit the asset quality of banks and impact its earnings this year amid the compression in net interest margins, slower loan growth and softer capital market activities in the banking sector.

4 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Banking

HSBC's HQ rethink and Project Rainbow

LONDON: In 1990, an assessment called Project Rainbow paved the way for HSBC to move from Hong Kong to Britain. As Europe's biggest bank now considers moving back, the same exercise offers clues to its final decision, say industry sources and analysts.

3 May 2015 | 8:44PM |

Banking

Payrolls to test second quarter climate for Fed

LONDON: Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the U.S. jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter.

3 May 2015 | 8:35PM |

Economy

ETP report’s effects yet to be felt

THE yearly report on the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), with its various initiatives loaded with consultant-speak, is still a handful for some, especially when it comes to quickly summing up how much progress has been charted so far.

2 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Corporate News

Chia: “We closed our facility in Sunnyvale simply because it was not meaningful anymore.”

Unisem scales down ops

WITH its US testing facility in Sunnyvale, California ceasing operations, semiconductor company Unisem (M) Bhd has gone a step further to enhance its efficiency and now supports its key markets – the United States and Europe – completely out of its facilities in the East Asia where cost is more competitive.

2 May 2015 | 12:00AM |

Corporate News

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