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Malaysia bonds back in favour

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s bonds are coming back in favour but the respite may be brief. The level of the nation’s foreign reserves is coming under scrutiny as investors brace for outflows from emerging markets.


Stirring the moribund corporate bond market

After a decade of robust growth, the corporate bond market seems to be cooling off. Unleashing the pent-up retail demand for bonds may be one way to go.


Ringgit likely to regain strength to average at 4.35

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit is expected to regain its strength supported by the country’s economic fundamentals, although market sentiment could cause fluctuations in its value, according to United Overseas Bank (M) Bhd (UOB).


Funds raised from ringgit bond market up in 2003

TOTAL funds raised in the ringgit bond market were significantly higher in 2003, Bank Negara said. The low interest rate environment and ample liquidity were the main factors influencing the growth of the private debt securities (PDS) market, it said.


M’sia slowly winning battle against FX speculators

SINGAPORE: Foreign portfolio investors say they are coming back to Malaysia’s markets, six months after many of them revolted against the central bank’s crackdown on the offshore ringgit trading market.


Robust demand for bonds in M'sia

PETALING JAYA: Industry observers are positive on the local bond market, saying the trimming of foreign investors’ holding of ringgit-denominated debt is a temporary phenomenon amid the worsening eurozone sovereign debt crisis.


Higher bonds yields to extend into second half of year

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian bond market, which saw about RM13bil of foreign outflows in May, could see continued selling by foreign funds extending into the second half of this year with yields for the 10-year Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) projected to hover between 4% and 4.5%.


Ringgit seen rallying to eight-month high

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit may advance 4% as the latest measures by Bank Negara reduce the risks of holding the currency and the economy improves, a member of the central bank’s financial markets committee said.


Rate cut may not save ringgit bond rally as index outflow looms

KUALA LUMPUR: A storm is brewing for Malaysian bonds as the threat of an US$8bil (RM33bil) outflow and a falling ringgit erode sentiment, even in the face of a likely interest-rate cut.


RM25bil boost for bond market

THE Government will issue up to RM25bil worth of mortgage-backed bonds to provide greater market depth and liquidity to further develop Malaysia's bond market, in particular promoting asset-backed securities (ABS) as a new tool for raising funds from the capital markets.