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Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Regional markets advance, KLCI gets boost from DiGi, Maybank

Key regional markets rose on Tuesday, as investors' risk appetite for equities perked up on expectations central banks would go ahead with their stimulus measures.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

China eyes market forces to drive FX reform agenda

BEIJING: China is set to use swelling offshore holdings of its tightlymanaged currency worth around one trillion yuan (US$160bil) to justify a landmark shift in tactics to relax capital controls.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

BoJ nominee sets out aggressive ideas

TOKYO: The Japan government’s nominee to be the next central bank governor has outlined more forceful policy prescriptions to finally defeat deflation, saying he would not set any limits on the amount of cash the Bank of Japan (BoJ) pumps into the economy.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

The West ‘envious’ of China’s growth

lONDON: As central banks in the eurozone and Britain edge closer this week to deciding that their flagging economies need yet more monetary stimulus, they can be forgiven for casting an envious eye towards China.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

India’s budget ‘realistic’, paves way for monetary easing, economic recovery

MUMBAI: India’s budget for the next fiscal year offers a “realistic” plan to meet the country’s fiscal deficit target, and should be a credit positive for its sovereign ratings, according to Moody’s Investor’s Service.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Nikkei sets new 4-1/2 year high on BOJ hopes; Fast Retailing jumps

Tokyo stocks surged to a new 4-1/2 year high on Tuesday as confirmation hearings for Bank of Japan leadership nominees boosted expectations of further monetary easing while index heavyweight Fast Retailing Co jumped after reporting strong sales.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Hopes of looser monetary policy lift markets

Key regional markets including the FBM KLCI ended higher on Tuesday as investors hoped the central banks would keep monetary policy loose at meetings this week.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

China puts focus on consumers to drive growth

BEIJING: China put its fast-growing consumer class at centre-stage as outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao set out a reform plan on Tuesday to spread the fruits of economic growth more evenly in the country of 1.3 billion.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Mexico's Slim is richest man in the world, beats Bill Gates again(update)

MEXICO CITY: Two Mexican mining magnates have moved up Forbes' annual list of the world's richest, headed once again by compatriot Carlos Slim, underscoring the challenge the new government faces to narrow the wealth gap and pull millions out of poverty.

Business 05 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Australian central bank leaves rates on hold

SYDNEY: Australia's central bank kept interest rates steady at 3.00 percent Tuesday, saying downside risks in the global economy appeared to have eased while there were signs previous cuts were working.