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Business 20 May 2005 | 12:00 AM

Tokyo's main stock index finishes lower Friday

Tokyo's main stock index finished lower Friday as investors took profits from their hefty gains the day before. The U.S. dollar was up against the yen and the euro.

Business 31 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Malaysian reserves well diversified

MALAYSIA'S international reserves are well-balanced and not excessive in US dollar holding, said Bank Negara Deputy Governor Datuk Ooi Sang Kuang.

Business 24 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Malaysian economy gets IMF nod

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave a favourable assessment of the Malaysian economy, stressing that its recovery was firmly established with comfortable external positions.

Business 25 Feb 2005 | 12:00 AM

Bond buying by Asian central banks can boost equities

Stock market strength will be underpinned indirectly this year if Asian central banks with surging foreign reserves maintain their voracious appetite for government bonds, analysts say.

Business 15 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

Asia forex reserves level off

Asia's massive foreign exchange reserve holdings have levelled off over the last five months, with China the exception, and analysts say a stronger US dollar has lessened the need for intervention on currencies.

Business 09 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

Bank Negara unlikely to raise rates in short term

FOR the first time since May 2000, the Federal Reserve has recently raised the Fed-funds rate. There are several reasons to suggest that Bank Negara would not raise rates just yet.

Business 29 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Asia’s huge reserves pose risk to growth, says ADB

Fixed exchange rates for the yuan and other Asian currencies and soaring foreign reserves in the region may spark a financial crisis such as the one in 1997-98 that brought recessions to six of the top 10 Asian economies, the Asian Development Bank said.

Business 16 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Asian central banks map out new bond fund

Asian central banks announced yesterday a framework for a new fund to invest in local currency bonds with a view to enhancing the bond markets in the region.

Business 09 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Asian reserves top US$2 trillion

Asian foreign exchange reserves rose more than US$220bil in the first quarter 2004, according to central bank figures, and the rise could have been larger since China has not updated its figures.

Business 24 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Dealing with the drifting dollar

NO one in a country is spared when its currency tumbles, as everyone is affected one way or another.