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SINGAPORE Exchange Ltd (SGX) said yesterday that uncertainty in the equity market hit trading volumes in its fiscal second quarter, but its net profit showed a year-on-year increase because a one-off provision had hurt its bottom line the year before.
THE Employees Provident Fund (EPF) wants to exert greater control and influence over companies in which it has a substantial stake. It plans to do so by seeking board seats in selected companies.
BUOYED by a triple-digit gain on Wall Street the previous Friday, the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) got off to a positive start, led by mining companies due to strong overseas demand for tin amid speculation that these companies may benefit from higher tin prices.
EMPLOYEES#146; Provident Fund (EPF) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali hinted in a speech that dividends to its members this year could be below last year#146;s 5% as low interest rates have hampered the fund#146;s ability to reap better returns from its investments.
EPF is under pressure to preserve capital yet enhance reutrns. The choices, though, are frustratingly few.
DATUK Azlan Zainol, says a long-time EPF official, lends a #8220;corporate feel#8221; to the otherwise civil-service-like environment at EPF. But creating an ambience is clearly not Azlan's main priority since the 53-year old accountant joined EPF back in April 2001.
EVER since the emergence of a new corporate management team at US-based John Hancock Life Insurance Malaysia (Bhd) in January 2001, timely changes have produced an unmistakable trend that continues till this day #150; a consistent rise in the development and acquisition of new business.