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Creators of value

CREADOR the private equity fund and its founder Brahmal Vasudevan (pic) are fast becoming household names in the local investment scene.

‘I’m a lucky guy’, says de Kretser who is holding the PR Professional of the Year trophy from the PRWeek Awards Asia 2014.

Go Group’s geographical expansion phase is almost complete

The Australian, who has more than three decades of PR experience, has over the last decade built Go’s Asian network from the office in Petaling Jaya. Go now has offices in 13 markets and a combined staff of 400. And it has also racked up many local and international accolades.

Painting your returns

AT a time when the global economic environment is considered volatile and uncertain, investors are looking for other avenues apart from traditional investments such as the equity market, that can still provide them with returns.

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epa04418025 Visitors look at the newly-launched Malaysian car Proton Iriz at a showroom in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 November 2014.  Malaysias car manufacturer Proton on 25 September launched the first compact car with a 1.3-litre engine, hoping to regain their domestic automobile market from mainly foreign competitors. The Iriz model is available in two engine variants, a 1.3 litre VVT (variable valve timing) and a 1.6 litre VVT. At prices between 42,438 and 62,888 Malaysian Ringgit (10,206 to 15,130 Euro or 13,000 to 19,278 US dollars) Proton targets to sell 16,000 units a month with the aim of selling some 160,000 units yearly.  EPA/AZHAR RAHIM

Proton seen headed in the right direction

THE recent announcement by automotive conglomerate DRB-Hicom Bhd that it plans to raise RM2bil in funds, mostly to help turn around wholly-owned carmaker Proton Holdings Bhd, is seen as a move in the right direction by many.

22 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Auto

Addicted to debt

Highly leveraged, the resilience of many Malaysian households will be tested as the economic environment turns challenging.

22 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Corporate News

Buying a property or an asset?

CITY Valuers and Consultants Sdn Bhd managing director P. B. Nehru (pic) shares his views and concerns about the property market. The interest in the property sector the last several years has resulted in developers offering various types of projects.

22 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Property

Journey of a savvy investor

THE façade of Imperial College’s City and Guild building in South Kensington will see a slight change in 2016 when works on a rooftop laboratory start. Interestingly, the state-of-the-art facility, which will be used for drone testing, is to be named the Brahmal Vasudevan aerial robotics lab.

22 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Advertising & Media

Falling inflation a worry for Europe but also the world

LONDON: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy.

23 November 2014 | 6:27PM |

Banking

Malaysians must get used to unsubsidised fuel prices

Subsidy is often viewed positively by the consumers but negatively by economists. However, the bottom line is, the population needs to adapt to real world prices and the country needs to boost its finances by cutting back on expenses such as subsidies.

22 November 2014 | 7:30PM |

Corporate News

Ngau: ‘We have no funding issues and can easily gear up but we are comfortable for now.’

More JVs for Dialog in Pengerang

Not many people outside the oil and gas (O&G) industry knew that the groundwork for Malaysia’s second liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal was at its tail-end until an announcement last Friday.

22 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Oil & Gas

Russia to seek new partners if Western oil majors leave

MOSCOW: Moscow will seek new partners in countries that have not imposed sanctions on it if Western oil and gas companies pull out of projects with Russia, RIA news agency quoted Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Saturday.

23 November 2014 | 6:20PM |

Economy

SEC director with big stock holdings stirs debate

WASHINGTON: Keith Higgins, who runs the office that reviews public companies' books at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reported stock holdings worth between about $2 million and $6 million last year and the sale of stocks throughout 2014, according to SEC disclosures viewed by Reuters.

22 November 2014 | 6:54AM |

China ready to cut rates again on fears of deflation

BEIJING: China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making.

23 November 2014 | 6:36PM |

Banking

Dutch complete recovery of MH17 wreckage

AMSTERDAM: A week long operation to clear the wreckage from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine has been completed, the Dutch government said on Sunday.

24 November 2014 | 6:49AM |

Stocks

US stock investors give thanks for big stock gains

NEW YORK: U.S. stock investors head into the Thanksgiving holiday thankful for the market's recent strength, which puts major indexes on track for another year of double-digit gains, though the swiftness of the advance has raised eyebrows.

24 November 2014 | 6:43AM |

Stocks

Intel could rise 30% over next two years

NEW YORK: Shares in microprocessor maker Intel Corp could rise more than 30 percent to US$48 over the next two years, Barron's reported in its Nov. 24 edition.

24 November 2014 | 6:38AM |

Stocks

Lockheed sees buyer for airship

PALMDALE: Lockheed Martin Corp expects to reach an agreement next year with a launch customer for a giant new hybrid airship that would revolutionise the way oil and mining companies haul equipment to the Arctic and other remote areas without roads.

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

lockheed

China rate cut knocks legs from under yuan rally

SHANGHAI: China’s surprise interest rate cut is another step toward softening the country’s exchange rate, setting the yuan on course to end the year lower for the first time since its landmark revaluation in 2005.

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Banking

IOI City Mall Sdn Bhd marketing and leasing head Chris Chong.

Plans to expand IOI City Mall in Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA: IOI Properties Group Bhd said plans are already in the pipeline to add a further 1 million sq ft of retail space at IOI City Mall in Putrajaya as occupancy rate at the newly-opened complex reached 85%.

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Property

Potential buyers looking at a scale model of the Lakeville project in Kuala Lumpur.

Mah Sing sales to hit record high

PETALING JAYA: Mah Sing Group Bhd’s sales are expected to hit new high in the last three months of the year from the record RM900mil achieved in the third quarter, buoyed by strong take-up rate of its Lakeville project in Kuala Lumpur.

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Property

Keiichi Suzuki (left) and Suzuki Malaysia deputy MD Gen Ishii with the all-new S-Cross.

Suzuki aims high with new SUV

KUALA LUMPUR: Suzuki Malaysia Sdn Bhd expects its latest crossover sports-utility vehicle (SUV), the S-Cross, to achieve sales of 400 units next year.

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Auto

Pressure on smaller Malaysian banks to merge

IN the wake of news that the structure for the CIMB/RHB merger could be ready early next year, there would be pressure especially on the smaller banking groups to consider merging.

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Banking

ACCCIM to collaborate with MyIPO for SME conference

PETALING JAYA: The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) and Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) are organising a one-day intellectual property (IP) conference for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Stocks

Manjula (left) and Thum are optimistic the effort will bring about positive results.

More SMEs going green

The drink packs recycling effort kicked off by food packaging company Tetra Pak Malaysia some nine years ago is gaining traction as more small businesses are participating in efforts to give back to society through recycling.

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Central Region

Tips on how to plan and invest your money wisely

LOTS of people shy away from financial planning because they think they may be pressured into investing. And when you think investing, what comes to mind are horror stories of people who lost their life savings during the Asian financial crisis and Dot Com Bubble.

24 November 2014 | 12:00AM |

Personal Finance

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