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Business 22 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Malaysia M&A - one step back, two steps forward

Foreign acquisitions fell in 2002, but this was more than offset by growth in deals done by Malaysian acquirers. The bright spot? Malaysian corporates are venturing abroad again.

Business 24 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Futures still showing positive bias

MDEX Interest-rate futures. A weekly column by G.M. Teoh.

Business 24 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Impact of world events on bonds

THE beating of war drums has increased in tempo, sending currents through global financial markets as the likelihood of war becomes imminent.

Business 26 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

EPF dividend likely to be lower than 5%

EMPLOYEES#146; Provident Fund (EPF) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali hinted in a speech that dividends to its members this year could be below last year#146;s 5% as low interest rates have hampered the fund#146;s ability to reap better returns from its investments.

Business 27 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

EPF keeps a steady course in sea of uncertainty

By Wong Sulong

Business 27 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

43% growth for motor vehicle sales in January

TOTAL motor vehicle sales in the country rose 43% to 39,696 units in January from December, but showed barely any growth when compared with the same month last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) yesterday.

Business 28 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

EPF contributions grossly insufficient for retirement needs

YESTERDAY, I commented that the 10.5 million members of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) must be prepared to receive relatively low dividends (between 4% and 5%) on their contributions for the next few years.

Business 28 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Housing loans to expand at slower pace

Housing loans should continue on an expansionary trend this year, albeit at a slower pace owing to economic and geopolitical uncertainties.

Business 01 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Private consumption continues to underpin GDP growth

THE results were out late Wednesday evening. Fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) posted a growth of 5.6 per cent while full year 2002 GDP expanded by 4.2 per cent.

Business 01 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

The fund's (EPF) conundrum

EPF is under pressure to preserve capital yet enhance reutrns. The choices, though, are frustratingly few.