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Business 20 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

Bond issuers should look at retail market too

GIVEN that individual investors have little opportunity to take advantage of the bond market, there should be more issuances of bond funds to get retail investors to participate.

Business 20 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

South Koreans keen on ringgit bonds

MALAYSIA remains an attractive financial market in the region to raise funds, says RAM Rating Services Bhd deputy chief executive officer Chong Kwee Siong.

Business 11 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

Deposits may surpass loans growth this year

The bleak economic outlook, coupled with the looming recession hitting hard on Malaysian shores, are making banks more cautious and selective in lending.

Business 07 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

Investors seek govt bonds rather than private firms' bonds

More investors are seen flocking towards Malaysian government securities (MGS) as their risk appetite has waned in view of the global economic uncertainty.

Business 03 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

Ratings for insurers

It is timely and increasingly important for insurance companies to be rated to further promote market transparency.

Business 07 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

RAM Ratings CEO to focus on governance of credit rating agencies

Newly-appointed CEO of RAM Ratings, Liza Mohd Noor, takes over the helm amidst very challenging times when credit rating agencies worldwide are suffering from a severe loss of confidence. In fact, the credit rating industry especially in the west is still struggling to regain public trust, a process which will probably be very long drawn.

Business 07 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Uptick in corporate financing defaults

The risk of corporate financing defaults is generally expected to be higher against the backdrop of a more difficult operating environment.

Business 07 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Bond market facing new challenges

Indeed, it is challenging times for the country's private debt securities (PDS) market which is the largest source of private sector financing. Although during volatile times, bonds offer more stability than equities, they too are vulnerable to significant changes in the general economic environment.

Business 02 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Banks' performance in first half expected to be weaker

LOCAL banks are expected to be hit by lower earnings, higher non-performing loans (NPLs) and loan loss provisions, among others this year despite a relatively fair showing in the recently-released fourth-quarter results, acording to analysts.

Business 23 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

Islamic banking rising but impact is minimal

Although Islamic banking business is expected to remain on the uptrend, its contribution will have minimal impact on the total income of local banks, analysts said.