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Better prospects for Petronas as sukuk costs decline, petrol price up

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is enjoying a twin boost as commodity prices rally and Islamic bond costs fall just as it considers borrowing.


Better earnings seen next year

PETALING JAYA: After a year of a wavering local stock market marred by soft corporate results, Aberdeen Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd expects corporate earnings to improve by 5%-10% next year


Global forex market

THE US dollar weakened across the board due to a combination of listless summer trade, decline in US yields and disappointing corporate earnings results.


Ringgit extends gains as rally in oil brightens revenue outlook

KUALA LUMPUR: Ringgit strengthened the most in more than a week as Brent crude rallied overnight to above US$50 a barrel, brightening the outlook for Malaysia, which is Asia’s only major net oil exporter.


New rules to boost confidence in bonds

The Securities Commission (SC) will unveil two new measures aimed at enhancing the credibility and transparency in the domestic bond market, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said.


Ringgit retreats on Fed signal

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s ringgit fell after Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer (pic) said a US interest-rate increase is still on the cards this year even as futures appear to rule out such a move.


Concerns over China’s US$29 trillion debt

WITH US$29 trillion in debt, China’s potential slowdown in economic growth may be a cause for concern but some do not expect its high growth to last forever, anyway.


Bond market issuances likely to remain buoyant in H2

PETALING JAYA: The bond market for the second half of the year is expected to remain buoyant with analysts forecasting total issuances of between RM50bil and RM60bil for the year. Bond issuance in the first half amounted to RM21bil.


Preference for bonds over equities

In the first of a monthly series of six articles on the economy and bond market, Asembankers looks at why there is now a preference for bonds over equity.


Emerging world bond outlook still good

MICHAEL Chang Wai Sing is the chief investment officer of fixed income for RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd with over 17 years of fund management experience on fixed income investments for insurers and asset management companies.