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Business 15 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

Asia forex reserves level off

Asia's massive foreign exchange reserve holdings have levelled off over the last five months, with China the exception, and analysts say a stronger US dollar has lessened the need for intervention on currencies.

Nation 09 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

Ramos: Countries must confront trans-national criminals

Former Philippine president Fidel Ramos has suggested security arrangements between Sabah and Mindanao to help neutralise lawless groups operating across the common borders in this part of South-East Asia.

Business 07 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

Gold prices may rise

Gold may rise for the first week in three on concern high oil prices will slow the US economy and boost the appeal of precious metals as an alternative investment to stocks, a I>Bloomberg/Isurvey showed.

Business 18 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

Zeti: No need to raise interest rate

Bank Negara does not see any need to raise the key interest rate as the economy is not facing any inflationary pressure.

Business 09 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

Bank Negara unlikely to raise rates in short term

FOR the first time since May 2000, the Federal Reserve has recently raised the Fed-funds rate. There are several reasons to suggest that Bank Negara would not raise rates just yet.

Business 06 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

BOJ: Economy getting into swing but may not hold

Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said yesterday that Japan's economy was gradually gaining momentum but that sustained growth was not yet ensured.

Business 26 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Morgan Stanley: SEA growth safe this year but risks in 2005

An economic slowdown in China, a rise in US interest rates, and surging oil prices will not be enough to scuttle robust South-East Asian growth this year, investment bank Morgan Stanley said.

Business 15 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

ING upgrades Malaysia GDP forecast to 6.5%

ING said it has upgraded its 2004 GDP forecasts for Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines following positive data in the first quarter.

Business 10 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

TA: Foreign funds will stir ‘more excitement’

FOREIGN institutional investors and fund managers are expected to stir 'more excitement' in the local stock market in August, after the summer holiday ends, says a securities industry official.

Business 30 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Bid to make Asian Bond Market Initiative a reality

More has to be done to make the Asian Bond Market Initiative (ABMI) a reality despite substantial progress in developing bond markets in the region recently, Hong Kong's Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Frederick Ma said.