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More cooling off measures needed [09-12-2017]
SINCE young, my parents have advised me to save for the rainy days and old age. To lead by example, they walked the talk by adopting a prudent lifestyle throughout their entire lives. Their advice has been ingrained in me so much so that I have learned to spend wisely and plan for my re>>>>>[Read More]

Affordable housing: Longer term solution needed [09-12-2017]
THEORETICALLY, affordable housing refers to housing which meets certain acceptable standard of quality, location and price. In the Bank Negara’s Annual Report 2016, the central bank recognises three approaches when evaluating housing affordability in Malaysia, which are the Median M>>>>>[Read More]

Fast & furious ringgit needs to take pit stop [08-12-2017]
After going from last to first in Asia, the Malaysian ringgit may be headed for a break -- before resuming its rally. Momentum indicators, including slow stochastics, show the ringgit is overbought. The currency has surged 3.6% against the dollar in the past month, the best performer>>>>>[Read More]

Moody?s affirms Malaysia's A3 rating; stable outlook [08-12-2017]
Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the Government of Malaysia's local and foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured bond ratings at A3. The outlook is maintained at stable. It said late Thursday the key drivers underpinning the A3 rating and stable >>>>>[Read More]

RM57b worth of housing loans approved for first-time homebuyers till September [07-12-2017]
Home loans worth RM57 billion were approved by banking institutions to 142,558 first-time homebuyers from January until September this year. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong said since 2010, the government and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had introduced a number schemes and programmes to facilitate home o>>>>>[Read More]

Singapore faces 'time bomb' in 2018 [06-12-2017]
SINGAPORE: Next year marks an ominous turning point for Singapore’s graying population, according to research by Francis Tan, an economist at United Overseas Bank Ltd. in Singapore. In 2018, the share of the population that’s 65 years and older will match those younger t>>>>>[Read More]

October exports up nearly 19% to RM82.41b, exceed forecast [06-12-2017]
Malaysian exports in October rose 18.9% to RM82.41bil, exceeding a Bloomberg forecast of a 17% increase, underpinned by an higher exports of electrical and electronic (E&E) products and petroleum products. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said on Wednesday tha>>>>>[Read More]

GDP growth may moderate to 5.2% in 2018 [06-12-2017]
RHB Research expects Malaysia’s real gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at a more moderate but healthy pace of 5.2% in 2018 from the 5.6% estimated for 2017. The research house said the country’s economy grew at a robust pace in the January-Septe>>>>>[Read More]

Robust GDP growth not translating into faster loan growth [05-12-2017]
MALAYSIA’s stronger-than-expected economic growth so far this year has, interestingly, not translated into faster loan growth in the banking sector. From an investment standpoint, the “disconnect” between economic and loan growth could make Malaysia the least attractive of the five key banking ma>>>>>[Read More]

Domestic demand to support Malaysian economic growth [04-12-2017]
IN the wake of weaker business conditions and consumer sentiment, coupled with a decline in manufacturing data, there are concerns that Malaysia’s recent strong economic growth may not be sustained. “Domestic demand has been lifting growth. Despite falling business condition>>>>>[Read More]

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