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Malaysia no longer ‘isolated market’

Malaysia is no longer an 'isolated market', as the strong inflow of foreign portfolio money has boosted turnover velocity to 60% currently from around 30% in March last year, said Citigroup Investment Research.

Business

Geopolitics takes back seat in over-supplied oil markets

THE Middle East witnessed two major geopolitical events in June – a diplomatic crisis that left Qatar isolated and a regime change in Saudi Arabia. The fact that oil prices hardly reacted to either underscores the persistent supply glut facing the market.

Business

Deal to save Rusal leaves billionaire Deripaska out in the cold

MOSCOW: A deal that convinced the United States to lift sanctions on companies linked to Oleg Deripaska may have helped restore order to the global aluminum market, but it’s left the Russian billionaire himself increasingly isolated.

Banking

Bankers are sick of choosing sides between Qatar and Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: When Saudi Arabia cut ties with Qatar in mid-2017, many international bankers chose to chase a potential fee windfall in Riyadh over doing deals with its rich but isolated neighbour.

Investment

Qatar fund weighs asset sales as it looks homeward

LONDON: One of the world’s biggest buyers of trophy assets is becoming a seller. Isolated by powerful Arab neighbours, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is reversing a decade-long run in high-profile foreign investments to buttress its own economy.

Markets

Global, US stocks fall after N.Korea says US declared war

NEW YORK: Stocks fell on Wall Street and U.S. government bond yields dropped on Monday after North Korea accused the United States of having declared war on the isolated country, while the euro fell after German elections showed support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party fell to its lowest since 1949.

Business

Taiwan signs free trade deal with Singapore

TAIPEI: Taiwan has signed a free trade deal with Singapore, its first with a South-East Asian country, as the diplomatically isolated island steps up efforts to join regional economic blocs.

Business

Italy minister badly weakened

ROME: Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti appears isolated and weak after being forced to hastily draw up Italy's second austerity plan in less than a month under the orders of the European Central Bank (ECB).