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Business 21 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Benchmark ops, FMM tells banks

THE Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) has proposed that the banking sector benchmark themselves against their regional and international counterparts to ensure that their cost of borrowings is competitive.

Business 20 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Active bond market seen: Aseambankers

THE Malaysian bond market is gradually entering a buoyant cycle and institutional investors should look to the domestic bond market for capital gains opportunities, particularly bonds with credit ratings lower than the AAA issues such as AA or single-A corporate bonds.

Business 20 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Package to stimulate growth

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad will unveil the Government's long-awaited economic stimulus package tomorrow. WONG SULONG provides a layman's guide to why the government is taking this initiative and the outlook for the Malaysian economy.

Business 20 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Aussie dollar soars to 40-month high against US dollar

THE Aussie dollar leapt to a 40-month high of 65.69 US cents against the US dollar, thanks to rising pressure on the greenback following US Treasury Secretary John Snow's comment that the long-standing strong dollar policy did not imply any view about the exchange rate.

Business 19 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Interest-rate futures still bullish

MDEX Interest-rate futures. A weekly column by G.M. Teoh.

Business 16 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

OCBC eyes RM1bil net growth in housing loans

OCBC Bank (M) Bhd is upbeat about achieving close to RM1bil net growth in housing loans by the end of the year through the several campaigns it will be rolling out.

Business 15 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Malaysia ranked 4th most competitive among nations of over 20mil

MALAYSIA is the fourth most competitive among nations with populations of more than 20 million, according to an annual survey released yesterday by the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and quoted in an I>Associated Press /I>report.

Business 12 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Interest-rate futures still steady

MDEX Interest-rate futures. A weekly column by G.M. Teoh.

Business 12 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Risk and return measures for investment decisions

Some individuals are risk averse while others thrive on the adrenaline rush that can come from #8220;taking a punt#8221;. Yet, few realise the significance of setting risk and return goals, at the heart of a sensible portfolio.

Business 09 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

OCBC introduces latest home loan

OCBC Bank (M) Bhd, one of the largest foreign banks in the country, has unveiled its latest home loan package, I>Group Discount/Ischeme for house buyers who are looking for a further discount on their first year of interest rate on the bank's already competitive home loan rates.