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IN theory, the system of free trade driving the world economy is supposed to provide a “level playing field” for all. In practice, countries have long complained that rivals unfairly dish out aid in the form of state-backed subsidies to boost favoured companies -- often as they themselves do the same.
JUST when we thought 2021 would have more of the same things we had in 2020, things got worse.
Gold started the year on a rather weak note, as buying momentum wanes.
LONDON: Forget economic data releases and corporate trading statements -- vaccine rollout progress is what fund managers and analysts are watching to gauge which markets may recover quickest from the Covid-19 devastation and to guide their investment decisions.
KUALA LUMPUR: Economists believe the door is open for Bank Negara to consider a rate cut this year despite the central bank keeping the overnight policy rate (OPR) at 1.75%.
PETALING JAYA: Banks in emerging markets (EMs) including Malaysia will face three main risks, encompassing a deterioration in asset quality, no thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
LONDON (Reuters): China's US$16 trillion bond market is the proverbial elephant in the investment room. But it's becoming too big to ignore, even for the most risk-averse Western investors.
KUALA LUMPUR: Asian fixed income assets, which stayed resilient throughout 2020, can continue to perform this year on the back of a supportive global backdrop and continued policy support, said Manulife Investment Management.