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As much as RM70bil stands to flow out of Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Tracking the flow of global investment funds is a tricky business. But the ringgit’s recent sharp depreciation against the US dollar has led to suggestions by some economists that as much as RM70bil stands to flow out of the country, largely due to foreign investors liquidating their position in the bond market.

Education - is it alleviating poverty or causing it?

EDUCATION is the social game changer. In poor countries, it alleviates poverty. In developing nations like Malaysia, a more educated population can catapult us to developed status.

There are advantages to a weakening currency. It makes Malaysian exports competitive and attracts more foreign investments as cost of doing business becomes cheaper. Tourists’ arrivals should also see a rise.

Malaysia is getting wealthier but are you feeling it?

LAST week, I was on the hot seat of a live call-in radio programme organised by the ETP (Economic Transformation Programme). On air now for over a year, the show calls for Pemandu (the Performance Management and Delivery Unit) and government officials to bravely front a hotbed of issues, fielding no-holds barred questions from some smart people.

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M’sian bond yield under pressure due to weaker ringgit and oil price

PETALING JAYA: Although most analysts are not revising their bond projections target for next year, many agree that bonds, especially the Malaysian Government Securities (MGS), will come under intense pressure in terms of yields with lower crude prices coupled with the weaker ringgit.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Stocks

Saudi minister on reasons for oil price fall

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said non-cooperation by producers outside of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and the actions of speculators had led to the oil price fall, but he was confident the market would improve.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Oil & Gas

Oil and stocks go their separate ways

NEW YORK: Investors have wrung their hands over the last several weeks over the effect of lower oil prices on the broader S&P 500, but the relationship between the two is actually starting to break down.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Oil & Gas

‘Surprise’ dividend in store for MISC shareholders

PETALING JAYA: MISC Bhd, an energy shipping as well as oil and gas services provider, may reward its shareholders with a “surprise” dividend for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2014, following an extraordinary gain from the recent sale of its 15.7% stake in port operator, NCB Holdings Bhd, for close to RM222mil in cash.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Stocks

China stock connect scheme scorecard throws up surprises

HONG KONG: A month after China opened up its equity markets in a landmark trading link with Hong Kong, demand has been subdued and the bulk of activity has come from short-term speculative investors.

22 December 2014 | 7:32AM |

Diary Malaysia Dec 22 Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: ALL TIMES ARE PROVISIONAL AND IN LOCAL TIME FOLLOWED BY GMT IN BRACKETS

22 December 2014 | 8:21AM |

Diary Malaysia Dec 22 Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: ALL TIMES ARE PROVISIONAL AND IN LOCAL TIME FOLLOWED BY GMT IN BRACKETS

22 December 2014 | 8:21AM |

China stock connect scheme scorecard throws up surprises

HONG KONG: A month after China opened up its equity markets in a landmark trading link with Hong Kong, demand has been subdued and the bulk of activity has come from short-term speculative investors.

22 December 2014 | 7:32AM |

Oil and stocks go their separate ways

NEW YORK: Investors have wrung their hands over the last several weeks over the effect of lower oil prices on the broader S&P 500, but the relationship between the two is actually starting to break down.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Oil & Gas

New Pfizer bid unlikely, says AstraZeneca CEO

STOCKHOLM: US Pfizer is unlikely to come back with a fresh bid for AstraZeneca, the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals group’s top executive was quoted as saying by Swedish business daily Dagens Industri.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Stocks

Saudi minister on reasons for oil price fall

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said non-cooperation by producers outside of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and the actions of speculators had led to the oil price fall, but he was confident the market would improve.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Oil & Gas

Top ECB official sees negative inflation rate in months ahead

BERLIN: European Central Bank (ECB) vice-president Vitor Constancio said in a magazine interview that he expected the eurozone inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Economy

‘Surprise’ dividend in store for MISC shareholders

PETALING JAYA: MISC Bhd, an energy shipping as well as oil and gas services provider, may reward its shareholders with a “surprise” dividend for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2014, following an extraordinary gain from the recent sale of its 15.7% stake in port operator, NCB Holdings Bhd, for close to RM222mil in cash.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Stocks

Malaysian SMEs remain positive on 2015 despite gloomy outlook

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) remain positive on the industry’s outlook next year despite external and internal challenges, aided by the Government’s continuous support, says the SME Association of Malaysia.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Stocks

M’sian bond yield under pressure due to weaker ringgit and oil price

PETALING JAYA: Although most analysts are not revising their bond projections target for next year, many agree that bonds, especially the Malaysian Government Securities (MGS), will come under intense pressure in terms of yields with lower crude prices coupled with the weaker ringgit.

22 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Stocks

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