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Insurers can invest more funds in bond market

BANK Negara will allow insurance companies to invest up to 50% of their total assets in secured and unsecured assets by January, from 40% now, in a move to relax the investment limit under insurers#039; prudential framework.

CEOs: Better KLSE outlook in 2004

Many CEOs say that they expect the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) to perform even better in 2004.

Need for more measures to boost capital market

THE government has identified the need to continue efforts to further enhance liquidity in the capital market as it moves into the next stage of capital market development.

Factors favouring KLSE uptrend

A CONFLUENCE of positive indicators is expected to drive the Malaysian stock market higher from its current level.

Azman sees corporate earnings growing 10.3%

AMBANK group chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim expects corporate earnings to grow by 10.3% next year, following an estimated 17.3% increase in 2003.

More distribution income expected from unit trusts

JUDGING from the improvement in the equity market, coupled with the rise in the volume of shares traded, investors can expect to reap more distribution income (dividends) for unit trust funds this year.

KL market appears poised for another surge

THE country's smooth leadership transition and the listing of Astro All Asia Networks plc next week could set the stage for another stock market surge similar to the one seen two weeks ago.

Aseambankers: Sustained recovery points to stronger H2

RECENT development and sustained economic recovery point towards stronger growth in the second half of 2003, with fiscal expenditure in education, health and infrastructure continuing to support growth, Aseambankers said.

ING upgrades outlook for Malaysian bourse

ASSET management firm ING Financial Markets has upgraded its outlook for Malaysia's equity market and boosted its holding of Malaysian stocks to 9% of its total Asian (except Japan) portfolio from 5% previously.

IPOs lift KLSE sentiments

THE sharp rise in the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) this year is another good gauge of the buoyant sentiment in the local market.