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Inflation rate up 3.7% in August, exceeds forecast

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's inflation rate rose at a faster pace of 3.7% in August 2017 from a year ago, exceeding a forecast of a 3.4% increase, mainly fuelled by higher petrol prices.

RAM: Malaysia’s August inflation rate to increase to 3.8%

KUALA LUMPUR: RAM Ratings expects the August 2017 inflation rate to increase to 3.8%, following four consecutive months of declines.

The faster pace of growth in consumer prices is underpinned by higher retail petrol prices, which averaged RM2.12/litre in August (compared with RM1.96 in July) and amid strengthening global crude oil prices, RAM said in a statement yesterday

Beef up manpower of MACC, govt urged

From TAN SRI RAMON NAVARATNAM, Chairman, Asli Center of Public Policy Studies.

Asian and US stocks drop, yen gains after N. Korea's missile launch

TOKYO: U.S. stock futures and Asian stocks dipped and the yen rose after North Korea fired another missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, in a sign that Pyongyang remains defiant despite tightening international sanctions.

U.S. stock futures fell 0.2 percent while the dollar fell to as low as 109.55 yen from around 110.20 in late U.S. trade on Thursday. It last stood at 109.98 yen.  Japan's Nikkei was almost flat while South Korea's Kospi and Australia's main index both dipped 0.3 percent.  MSCI's Asia-Pacific share index excluding Japan was down 0.1 percent.

Boeing helps to lift Dow to record high as broader market weakens

NEW YORK: Rising shares of Boeing pulled the Dow Jones Industrial Average up to a record high on Thursday, while the S&P 500 fell as investors saw higher-than-expected inflation increasing the chances of an interest rate hike.

The Dow .DJI rose 0.2 percent to end at 22,203.48 points, while the S&P 500 .SPX lost 0.11 percent to 2,495.62.  The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 0.48 percent to 6,429.08, hurt by a 0.86-percent decline in Apple AAPL.O.

Wall St drops as CPI data boosts Dec rate hike odds

NEW YORK: Wall Street’s three major indexes opened lower on Thursday, shying away from their record high closes, as an uptick in consumer prices inflation boosted the odds of another interest rate hike this year.

At 9:38am ET (Thursday), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 12.53 points, or 0.06%, at 22,145.65 and the S&P 500 was down 6.62 points, or 0.26%, at 2,491.75. - Reuters pic

Asia stocks consolidate after touching decade highs, US$ steady

TOKYO: Asian stocks edged down on Thursday, consolidating after touching their highest in a decade, while the dollar held steady before the U.S. inflation report for August is published.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent after rising to its highest since 2007 the day before.  Japan's Nikkei was effectively flat following its climb to a one-month high on Wednesday.

Asian stocks fall, yen jumps after Korea bomb test

SYDNEY: Asian stocks fell as investors turned to haven assets after the dictatorship tested a nuclear bomb on Sunday, sending the yen, gold and Treasury futures higher.

South Korean troops fire Hyunmoo Missile into the waters of the East Sea at a military exercise in South Korea September 4, 2017. Defense Ministry/Yonhap/via REUTERS

Under Najib, Malaysia's macroeconomic policies broadly appropriate

ONE striking aspect of what has been written about the Malaysian economy in recent years is the extent to which assessments have been coloured by a small number of (admittedly major) controversies.

Soon after becoming Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched a determined campaign to reform the Malaysian bureaucracy by introducing key performance indicators (KPIs).