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Banks able to pay higher dividends after relaxation of reserve fund rules

PETALING JAYA: Shareholders of banks with strong capital ratios stand a better chance of being rewarded with higher dividends following Bank Negara’s move last week to scrape the requirement for reserve fund.


Should central banks focus on ‘inflation targeting’ or nominal GDP?

IN general, economists have made considerable progress in understanding the role of central banks in addressing inflation.


Moody's says China's banks have the strongest credit profile among BRICs

LONDON: Among the emerging market BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - China's banks have the strongest credit profile, said Moody's Investors Service in a report published on Monday.


Banks to step up fee-based business due to narrowing margins

PETALING JAYA: The margin of banks, which has been continuously compressed, may further narrow this year spurring banks to step up their non-interest income or fee-based business in line with the stricter requirement to hold a higher percentage of quality liquid assets next year.


Top EU banks have Basel capital shortfall of 70 billion euros

LONDON: The top 42 banks in the European Union would need an extra 70.4 billion euros (US$95 billion) of capital to comply with new rules that take full effect in 2019, the bloc's banking watchdog said on Wednesday


China bank regulator urges banks to control shadow bank risks

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI: China's banking regulator is pressuring banks to curb reliance on short-term borrowing and control risks from off-balance-sheet lending, according to a document obtained by Reuters, following two severe cash crunches in the last six months.


Moody's: Malaysian banks resilient to severe credit, market losses

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian banks are resilient to severe credit and market losses and are able to withstand a scenario worse than the 2008-09 global financial crisis, say Moody's Investors Service.


Biggest US banks clear first hurdle in Fed's annual stress tests

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: The 34 largest U.S. banks have all cleared the first stage of an annual stress test, showing they would be able to maintain enough capital in an extreme recession to meet regulatory requirements, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday.


Foreign banks losing market share in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Recent Bank Negara statistics indicate that foreign banks have been losing market share on Malaysian turf.


ABM: Banks have leeway to adjust base rates

KUALA LUMPUR: The Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM) said commercial banks can exercise their discretion in revising their reference rates in response to a change in their funding costs.