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In the first of a monthly series of six articles on the economy and bond market, Asembankers looks at why there is now a preference for bonds over equity.
BERJAYA Times Square will pay RM270mil in compensation to 400 purchasers of properties in the Times Square shopping, hotel and office complex in Kuala Lumpur for the four-year delay in completing the project.
TOTAL funds raised in the ringgit bond market were significantly higher in 2003, Bank Negara said. The low interest rate environment and ample liquidity were the main factors influencing the growth of the private debt securities (PDS) market, it said.
BANK Negara will introduce a new interest rate framework within the next few months and make changes to its foreign exchange administration rules from April 1 which would, among others, allow unit trust companies to invest abroad.
This is the first in a revival of the series by Aseambankers Malaysia Bhd economist and head of fixed income research BALJEET GREWAL on the development of the Malaysian bond market. The monthly series will cover topics such as asset-backed securitisation, Islamic bond market, and structured products as well as other fixed income instruments. This month she examines the impact of the rise in the US Fed fund rate on the local bond market.
AMMERCHANT Bank, a member of the AmBank group, has won several top awards given out by leading rating agencies to players from the debt capital and bond markets recently.
THE Government will issue up to RM25bil worth of mortgage-backed bonds to provide greater market depth and liquidity to further develop Malaysia's bond market, in particular promoting asset-backed securities (ABS) as a new tool for raising funds from the capital markets.
INTERNATIONAL Finance Corp (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, intends to raise up to RM500mil through ringgit-denominated Islamic securities.
The Government will continue to adopt an orderly and sequenced approach in steering the capital market towards a more liberalised environment, with the objective of enabling the domestic market to undertake adjustments during the period of transition.
TOTAL net funds raised from the capital market in 2004 continued to be significant, albeit slightly lower at RM42.7bil after accounting for redemptions, compared with RM50.4bil raised a year earlier.