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Business 20 Oct 2006 | 12:00 AM

Too early to tell if consumer spending will rise

With inflation believed to have reached a peak in several economies across the globe including Malaysia's, and a trending down in interest rates, consumers could feel more encouraged to increase their spending and investments.

Business 30 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

More excitement for Bursa expected in 2007

The outlook for the local equities market in the fourth quarter appears neutral, with more excitement expected only in 2007, analysts and fund managers say.

Business 22 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Major bourses up after Fed decision

Most major world bourses were slightly higher yesterday after the US Federal Reserve (Fed) maintained its short-term interest rate target at 5.25% at its second consecutive meeting.

Business 21 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

StanChart: Key interest rate cut likely in Q3 2007

Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) expects Bank Negara to cut its key interest rate, or overnight policy rate (OPR), by 25 basis points in the third quarter of next year.

Business 21 Jul 2005 | 12:00 AM

European markets end mixed

European markets closed mixed on Wednesday, pressured by weaker U.S. shares as investors sharpened their focus on interest-rate policy.

Business 08 Jul 2005 | 12:00 AM

ECB holds rates steady at 2% amid news of attacks

The European Central Bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at 2 percent, despite worries about growth and the unsettling news of terrorist attacks on the London transport network.

Business 04 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

European Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged

The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged, with poor fourth-quarter growth data and declining business confidence heightening worries about the strength of the economy.

Business 08 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

Measures likely to focus on four main areas

THE incentives and measures in Budget 2005 are likely to focus on four key areas - fiscal consolidation, enhancing business competitiveness and increasing domestic investment, promoting and developing new sources of growth and capital market expansion.

Business 22 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Brazil frustrates business hopes for rate cut

The Brazilian Central Bank on Wednesday once again frustrated the hopes of business leaders by keeping the nation's base interest rate at a towering 16 percent.

Business 19 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

New unit trust funds set for launch in second half

Despite the cautious outlook taken by fund managers on the performance of the stock market for the second half of the year, unit trust management companies are still bullish on the prospects of the mutual fund industryfor the remaining year. i>StarBiz/ijournalist DALJIT DHESI spoke to some of the leading unit trust managers to get their views on various topics as well their companies'strategies for this year.