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Business 12 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Five companies added to CI today

THE five companies selected for inclusion as component stocks on the KLSE Composite Index (CI) today clearly mirror the defensive preference of the investing community in the midst of volatile market conditions.

Business 12 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Risk and return measures for investment decisions

Some individuals are risk averse while others thrive on the adrenaline rush that can come from #8220;taking a punt#8221;. Yet, few realise the significance of setting risk and return goals, at the heart of a sensible portfolio.

Business 07 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

AMP slump sparks probe by regulators

Australian regulators have launched a probe into unusual trading of futures contracts ahead of last week#8217;s market-sapping revelations by the country's largest life insurer and fund manager AMP Ltd.

Business 02 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

AMP splits ops, takes A$2.6b hit

Australian life insurer and fund manager AMP Ltd retreated from a failed offshore expansion yesterday, announcing a plan to hive off its troubled British unit and take A$2.6bil in write-downs.

Business 28 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

New board lots can attract retail buying

THE implementation of reduced board lot size for securities listed on the trading and services sector today may spark some buying interest in battered blue chips stocks, especially from retailers.

Business 25 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

SARS takes increasing toll on Asia

Economic fallout in Asia from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis mounted yesterday as the World Bank cut its regional growth forecast, Hong Kong received a credit rating blow, and investors dumped shares in Asian retailers and exporters to China.

Business 23 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Kookmin Bank Q1 earnings slump

South Korea#8217;s top lender, Kookmin Bank, reported yesterday a worse-than-expected 89% drop in quarterly profits, plagued by a surge in credit card defaults and exposure to the SK Global accounting scandal.

Business 22 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

DBS Q1 profit nudges higher

DBS Group Holdings Ltd, South-East Asia#8217;s largest bank, reported a slight and unexpected 0.4% rise in first-quarter profit yesterday, boosted by non-interest income and investment product sales.

Business 22 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

SingPost braves gloomy IPO market

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) is pushing ahead with the public sale of its postal service unit for as much as S$684mil amid market gloom spread by the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.

Business 19 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Samsung Elec Q1 profit down on slump in memory prices

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd registered a worse-than-expected drop of 41% in first-quarter profit yesterday because of a slump in memory chip prices, but its shares rose on hopes for an industry rebound.