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With investment prospects looking good Malaysia and other regional nations are expected to perform better this year. Daljit Dhesi interviewed Standard Chartered Bank chief economist for global research (Southeast Asia region) Steve Brice at the recent Fourth International Financial Planning Advisers Conference and Expo 2004. Excerpts from the interview.
TRADING on Bursa Malaysia yesterday was the most lethargic since the beginning of the stock market uptrend in June last year, but analysts say it is nothing to be worried about.
THE local stock market fell for the fifth day in a row yesterday as investors took profit ahead of the four-day, holiday-extended weekend amid continued uncertainty over the market's direction in the near term.
AIRLINE and shipping companies - major consumers of oil - were not spared the sharp market downturn on Monday. Most of these stocks performed as poorly as, or worse than, stocks in other industries, as the price of crude oil has risen to about US$40 a barrel.
THE Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) managed to regain some lost ground yesterday as bargain hunters emerged to take advantage of the market's oversold position that had resulted from four consecutive days of falls.
Asia's cash-rich banks are pushing aside foreign lenders to finance pipelines and power plants in the region's recovering project finance market.