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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.
EPF is under pressure to preserve capital yet enhance reutrns. The choices, though, are frustratingly few.
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.
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 continued rise in the price of crude oil could stifle the recovery of global economies and most say Malaysia would not be spared, even though it is a net exporter of oil.
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.
BY K. M. LEE
From-loaded pump priming targeted at the stock market is deemed the quickest way to fuel the economy. In a recent report, research house UOB Kay Hian explains why exactly.
Top investment bankers have added to the sense of gloom that is depressing world markets, with some saying a long war in Iraq would devastate the sector, leaving only a handful of global survivors.