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Market to trade within tight band

Trading for the weeks ahead in the local bourse is expected to continue to remain subdued until February as all eyes remain on the developments in the US-Iraq conflict.

SIDC to hold workshop on equities market

THE Securities Industry Development Centre (SIDC) will organise a four-day workshop on the Malaysian equities market from Jan 8 to 11 at the Securities Commission (SC) in Kuala Lumpur.

Unit trust sector positive on growth

EVEN though 2003 will be a challenging year for the unit trust industry in view of the global economic slowdown and depressed investment environment, many unit trust management companies are still optimistic that the industry will continue to grow this year.

2003 uptrend for Islamic bonds

AS the equity markets continue to take a beating in the uncertain global geopolitical climate, economists are more bullish on the growth prospects of the bond markets, particularly Islamic private debt securities (PDS), this year.

Arresting the declining dividend rate

Arresting the declining dividend rate BizWeek will run a series of articles, written by EPF's investment division, every fortnight. With funds exceeding RM190 billion, the keeper of the people's money is keen to tell its story on many pertinent issues related to investments.

Weekly technical analysis

THE Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) had a spectacular week amid heavy trading interest, buoyed by news that the newly established asset management firm, ValueCap Sdn Bhd, has started buying into the local equity market.

Preference for bonds over equities

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.

CEOs optimistic but cautious about outlook

LAST year saw some dramatic and aggressive changes in corporate behaviour among life insurance players, with many setting high sales targets on marketing personnel.

Bond market's increasing popularity

DURING the bull run days of the early 90's, one would have considered it somewhat déclassé to even mention something as unsophisticated as the bond market.

Investment bankers feel chill of war worries

Top investment bankers have added to the sense of gloom that is depressing world markets, with some saying a long war in Iraq would devastate the sector, leaving only a handful of global survivors.