Yvonne Tan

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15 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Fresh push for banking M&As

TWO decades since the 1997/98 Asian Financial Crisis (AFC), the regional banking landscape has changed much, especially in the last few years with the emergence of online and mobile banks, as well as peer-to-peer lending and payment practices.

12 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

More volatility ahead for Malaysian markets

PETALING JAYA: Investors should brace themselves for more volatility moving into the last quarter of the year as the ongoing global trade war and emerging market currency crisis dampen markets and sentiment.

Areca Capital fund manager and CEO Danny Wong says as overall sentiment remains fragile, emerging and Asian markets do look susceptible to further risk-off moods.  Nevertheless, Wong who handles more than RM1bil in assets and advisory for clients, said pocket of opportunities can still be found.
12 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Minimum standards for local pen testers?

PETALING JAYA: Bank Negara is likely to impose minimum standard qualifications on pen testers as a measure to enhance the rules on cyber security for lenders and other financial institutions, sources say.

Pen-testing, short for penetration testing is security enhancement, in layman terms.  In other words, what a pen-tester does is test, measure and improve security measures on IT systems and support areas at organisations.  In Malaysia, it is understood that pen-testing, an integral part of cyber-security, is done mostly by private firms, some of which may not have proper professional qualifications.
31 Aug 2018 | 7:00 AM

Maybank sees slower lending to corporate sector

KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s largest lender, Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), expects corporate sector lending to see a slowdown but remains confident about the consumer segment.

Strong momentum: Amirul says the bank sees a strong momentum in the consumer segment in tandem with economic growth but believes that there will be a slowdown in corporate sector lending.
23 Aug 2018 | 7:00 AM

Systech ups blockchain ante

Smallish firm is banking on this segment to diversify profit channels

28 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

Validation time for AmBank

CEO: Strategy to focus more on retail, smaller businesses has enabled us to start growing again

Transformation: Ambank has intensified its efforts on curbing cost, which is a huge part of its transformation phase.
2 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

Labuan exchange to be revived?

PETALING JAYA: At least two parties in recent times, have approached Bursa Malaysia to help make the Labuan International Financial Exchange (LFX), more attractive to potential investors.

Centre enhancer: The international exchange is supposed to enhance Labuan as a financial centre.
30 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Search is on for Nazir’s successor

CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, a seasoned banker and the face behind the country’s second largest lender, will leave the banking group. The question is whether he will stay until the end of his current term which ends in March next year or exit the bank earlier than that.

Datuk Seri Nazir Razak. — Bloomberg
23 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Overpaid CEOs and social duties of GLCs set for review

The new government has clearly said that there is a need to review the role of GLCs and the remuneration paid out to their top executives

19 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Scientillence eyes IPO to fund expansion

PETALING JAYA: Scientillence Sdn Bhd which is Malaysia’s sole manufacturer of dialyzers or kidney filters wants to go public after it says demand for the products it makes is fast outstripping supply

“If this deal goes through, our utilisation rate should reach its maximum capacity. We have plans to build another plant to cater to future demand and that’s where the IPO funds will come to use,” Ken Lim (inset) told StarBiz.