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What to expect from the budget

Education, affordable housing and healthcare services among issues to be addressed

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Banks tussle for long-term deposits

PETALING JAYA: With the deadline to hold more stable funds under Basel III looming closer, banks are positioning to offer higher fixed deposit rates, especially for those above six-month tenure.

Household income growing at slower pace

PETALING JAYA: The pace at which household income grew slowed down last year compared with the 2012-2014 period based on data from the Statistics Department, according to Malaysian Rating Corp Bhd (MARC).

Malaysia’s household income still growing but at a slower pace - MARC

KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s average monthly household income as well as the median monthly household income (the middle value) continued to grow in 2016, said Malaysian Rating Corp Bhd (MARC), but at a slower pace compared with the Statistics Department’s previous survey (2012-2014).

Average monthly household income rose by 6.2% per year on a compounded annual growth rate basis between 2014 and 2016. - Reuters pic

Cagamas marks 30th year in mortgage business

KUALA LUMPUR: Cagamas Bhd, the national mortgage corporation has cumulatively refinanced housing loans in the secondary market totalling to RM134bil in the past 30 years.

Cagamas' 30 years of housing the nation

AFFORDABLE housing continues to be a challenge in Malaysia as prices of private homes continue to increase while supply of units in the affordable category remains inadequate to meet the demand of the low to middle income group.

MARC affirms AA-IS rating on Tanjung Bin O&M’s Islamic securities

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Rating Corp Bhd (MARC) has affirmed its rating of AA-IS on Tanjung Bin O&M Bhd’s RM470mil Islamic Securities (Sukuk Wakalah) with a stable outlook.

Antara Steel’s RM300mil sukuk rated AAAIS (fg)

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Rating Corp Bhd (MARC) has assigned a rating of AAAIS (fg) to Antara Steel Mills Sdn Bhd’s RM300mil sukuk mudharabah programme.

Corporate bond issuance to hit five-year high

PETALING JAYA: The corporate bond market is set to hit a five-year high with total projected issuance this year at between RM90bil and RM105bil. Some fixed income analysts and economists have upped their projections from their earlier forecasts owing to greater demand for infrastructure financing, normalisation of interest rates by central banks and the country’s better economic prospect

A fresh offer for PLUS

THAT the shareholders of highway operator PLUS Malaysia Bhd, namely Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s UEM Group Bhd and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) received a takeover offer this week for their stakes in PLUS, is not entirely surprising or new.