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Record-low interest rates, higher capital the catalyst
NEW YORK: Gold extended declines on a stronger dollar and the currency’s outlook, while investors assess the timeline for the US stimulus package.
FRANKFURT: Resurgent coronavirus outbreaks will vex central bankers on five continents this week as they weigh the threat of more damage to growth against the hope that mass vaccinations will reopen economies.
South Korean shares fell more than 2% on Monday, dragged down by steep losses in heavyweight Samsung Electronics, after its vice chairman was sentenced to two and a half years in prison over a bribery case.
MANILA, Jan 18 (Bloomberg): Philippine banks will recover faster from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic than they did from the Asian financial crisis due to record-low interest rates, higher capital and a stable economy, the head of the nation’s bankers group said.
THE week opens with Bank Negara’s decision on the overnight policy rate (OPR). The monetary policy committee (MPC) of Bank Negara is expected to meet on Wednesday.
LONDON: Eurozone monetary policy is subsidising the finance industry to such a degree that national central banks are having to curtail the cash distributions they normally hand to governments.
PETALING JAYA: As the greenback remains pressured on the back of major economic deficits in the United States deteriorating further, Asian markets, particularly emerging markets like Malaysia, are likely to see a return of investor capital.
Asian bonds received foreign inflows for the seventh consecutive month in December, bolstered by higher global liquidity and optimism over approvals for multiple coronavirus vaccines.