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Business 09 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

The free lunch in investment ... revisited

WE highlighted two weeks ago that portfolio optimisation can be perceived as the #8220;free lunch in investments,#8221; as you gain additional expected returns without taking on more risk or by minimising risk for a given level of expected returns. In order to fully appreciate the optimisation concept, investors need to be familiar with concepts such as risk or volatility and risk-adjusted returns, asset correlation and the efficient frontier.

Business 04 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

SC comes out with best practices guide

THE Securities Commission (SC) has come out with a guide on effective internal controls, for management companies and trustees.

Business 04 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Unit trust industry seen maintaining 13% growth

THE local unit trust industry is expected this year to match the average annual compounded growth rate of 13% recorded over the last 10 years, said Federation of Malaysian Unit Trust Managers (FMUTM) president Datuk Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi.

Business 31 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

SC: Islamic capital market progressing well

THE Malaysian Islamic capital market (ICM) witnessed encouraging developments last year as the Securities Commission (SC), in collaboration with market participants, took further steps to promote the continued expansion of the ICM.

Business 28 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Syariah unit trusts offer good returns too, says CEO

SYARIAH funds should not be sidelined and perceived by investors as generating lower returns than conventional unit trust funds which are mainly equity-based, according to Pacific Mutual Fund Bhd chief executive officer Michael Auyeung.

Business 27 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Public Mutual to launch new equity fund

PUBLIC Mutual Bhd expects good response from investors for its I>Public Islamic Equity Fund,/Iwhich will be launched tomorrow to take advantage of the growth potential in the Islamic fund market.

Business 27 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Commerce Trust expects new syariah fund to hit RM100m by year-end

COMMERCE Trust Sdn Bhd expects its newly launched I>syariah /I>compliant fund called Lifetime Dana Barakah to bring total funds under its Islamic-based unit trust schemes to close to RM100mil by end of this year.

Business 26 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Free lunch in investing

ONE of the fundamental axioms of economics is that #147;there is no free lunch#148;. Don#146;t believe the hype #150; this is not entirely true when it comes to investing. We can still get our free lunch if we would just plan our investment carefully and allow our money to work harder.

Business 24 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Make peace with free float shortfall

IT has been three years since index constructor Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) announced that it would adjust its equity indices so as to take into account free float levels. Back then, there was some hand wringing among our stock market players over the possibility of Malaysia suffering an exodus of foreign funds.a href=http://biz.thestar.com.my/bizweek/>LI>B>For the full Bizweek reports click here/B>/a>

Business 12 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Five companies added to CI today

THE five companies selected for inclusion as component stocks on the KLSE Composite Index (CI) today clearly mirror the defensive preference of the investing community in the midst of volatile market conditions.