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Business 17 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Tokyo stocks finish lower Thursday

Tokyo stocks finished lower following Wall Street's weakness overnight, compounded by rising global oil prices. The U.S. dollar was slightly lower against the Japanese yen and the euro.

Business 11 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Growth of global economy likely to moderate

BOTH official and private estimates suggest that global economic performance is likely to moderate this year due to higher sustained oil prices and increasingly tighter monetary conditions.

Business 11 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Tokyo stocks finish higher Friday

Tokyo stocks finished higher Friday on gains by technology blue chips and banking issues

Business 25 Feb 2005 | 12:00 AM

Bond buying by Asian central banks can boost equities

Stock market strength will be underpinned indirectly this year if Asian central banks with surging foreign reserves maintain their voracious appetite for government bonds, analysts say.

Business 12 Feb 2005 | 12:00 AM

China seen unlikely to drop peg soon

US Federal Reserve officials are not optimistic that China will drop its currency peg against the dollar anytime soon because that decision is in the hands of a State Council focused primarily on political stability rather than financial issues.

Business 04 Feb 2005 | 12:00 AM

Southeast-East Asian markets set to lure foreigners

STOCK markets in South-East Asia are expected to generate more excitement in the foreign investment community in the immediate future, but risk a major reversal if promises of reform and change are not fulfilled.

Business 01 Feb 2005 | 12:00 AM

Reserves remain usable and unencumbered

BANK Negara Malaysia (BNM) said Malaysia's total international reserves as at end December 2004 remained usable and unencumbered.

Business 25 Jan 2005 | 12:00 AM

Central banks raise euro exposure at dollar's expense

Nearly 40 central banks have increased their exposure to the euro in the past two years, mainly at the expense of the US dollar, according to a survey of 65 central banks released yesterday.

Business 21 Jan 2005 | 12:00 AM

Most Asia-Pacific banks still in early stages of Basel 2

A majority of banks in the Asia-Pacific region are still at the early implementation stages of complying with the Basel 2 framework, according to Gloria Goh, Ernst Young Partner for the Global Financial Services practice in Malaysia.

Letters 20 Dec 2004 | 12:00 AM

Towards monetary cooperation

Much of the discussion on East Asian integration has so far focused on trade. The East Asian Forum held in Kuala Lumpur also highlighted the need for regional financial and monetary cooperation. The launching of an Asian bond last week was a small but significant step in that direction.