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NAB posts record profit but faces more pain in Britain

National Australia Bank (NAB) reported a record profit that was fuelled by strong home lending, but warned of an uphill battle in Britain and Ireland as pension co s would continue to bite in Europe, where it earns a quarter of its profits.


MAA sees positive growth

MAA Assurance Bhd, virtually the sole contributor to main board-listed MAA Holdings Bhd, expects a string of positive news in the next 12 months that includes strong premium growth and writebacks in equity provision.


Maybank Q1 pre-tax profit jumps to RM700mil

STRONG loan growth, coupled with an improved economic environment, pushed up Malayan Banking Bhd's group pre-tax profit by 28% to RM700.6mil for the first quarter ended September 2003, from RM547.6mil in the previous corresponding quarter.


CIMB posts Q3 net profit of RM57.3mil

CIMB Bhd has posted a nine-month cumulative net profit of RM203.3mil, 165% higher than its net profit of RM76.5mil in the previous corresponding period.


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.