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