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The industry risks in the Asian insurance markets are divergent, from low level to high level of risks among countries in the region, depending on market maturity, regulatory development and wider economic conditions, according to a report by Standard Poor's Ratings Services released yesterday.
Stocks with growth prospects and value will be the targets for the fund management industry in the current weak and uncertain equity market, say fund managers.
RATING Agency Malaysia (RAM) has reaffirmed the I>A3/Irating on B>AKN TECHNOLOGY BHD's/BRM55mil nominal value non-convertible redeemable secured bonds (1999/2004) with a stable outlook.
AVENUE Capital Resources Bhd has not given up hope of underwriting the flotation of Federal Agriculture and Land Development Authority Bhd (Felda), which has been put on hold by the Government, group managing director Tengku Zafrul Aziz told I>StarBiz/Iafter the company AGM's in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
There is a cautious mood among fund managers over how well the stock market would perform in the second half of the year. Fund managers contacted by I>StarBiz/Iwere generally of the view that the market outlook would largely depend on how external concerns - such as interest rate movements, terrorism threats and oil prices - would pan out.
SINCE the fourth quarter of 2003, many analysts have been very bullish about the prospect of the Malaysian economy. As a rosy economy would translate into better corporate earnings, it is unsurprising that both local and international investors have been increasingly upbeat in the equity market.
ALLIANCE Merchant Bank Bhd is headed for a listing on the main board of Bursa Malaysia some time at the end of this year or early next year.
This is the first in a revival of the series by Aseambankers Malaysia Bhd economist and head of fixed income research BALJEET GREWAL on the development of the Malaysian bond market. The monthly series will cover topics such as asset-backed securitisation, Islamic bond market, and structured products as well as other fixed income instruments. This month she examines the impact of the rise in the US Fed fund rate on the local bond market.
Malaysia's overall balance of payments surplus for the three months to March rose 56.7% to RM24.6bil from RM15.7bil in the preceding quarter to December 2003.
FOREIGN institutional investors and fund managers are expected to stir 'more excitement' in the local stock market in August, after the summer holiday ends, says a securities industry official.