Tuesday, 30 September 2014

EPF to Vote in RHB-CIMB-MBSB Merger

The Star Online as of 8 Sept 2014

The Sun Daily as of 9 Sept 2014

The Edge as of 30 Sept 2014

The Edge as of 1 Oct 2014

Monday, 29 September 2014

Small Cap Stocks



On some measures of value, small-cap stocks—which are often used to juice a portfolio—look pricier than they ever have been. With that in mind, investors should consider cutting their holdings of small companies and favor the least speculative parts of the market, some experts say.

Investors expect bigger returns on small-company stocks, typically those with a market capitalization of $5 billion or less, than their larger peers. That is because small companies have uncertain earnings and revenues, making them riskier.

Some investors prefer measuring the stock price against sales, since small companies may not have profits. By that method, such stocks look even more overpriced.

To the extent that an investor keeps a small slug of small caps, he should tilt toward high-quality companies with earnings and away from companies not making a profit, Mr. DeSanctis says. That means being wary of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, many of which aren't profitable.

Sunday, 28 September 2014


What is DIBS?



Barjoyai Bardai of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak’s Graduate Business School also said that people should opt for Musharakah Mutanaqisah (declining partnership) instead.
The potential owner will come in as a tenant and pay rental. Slowly, he will buy the share of the house and in 15 to 20 years, he can buy all the shares and become the sole owner,” he said.
Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/09/30/increase-rpgt-immediately/

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Property Upswing: Thanks to RPGT?


High Dividends, Capex Dent Credit Profiles of Malaysian Companies

Median ratio of net debt to EBITDA therefore grew to about 2.0 times at the end of 2013, compared with 1.2 times at the end of 2008.


RM636mil of Capital Outflow


Friday, 19 September 2014

The Slumps That Shaped Finance

The Economist | Financial crises: The slumps that shaped finance http://www.economist.com/node/21600661?frsc=dg%7Cd via @theeconomist

Ali Baba

The Economist | Shareholder rights: Out of control http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21618889-more-worlds-big-stockmarkets-are-allowing-firms-alibaba-sideline?frsc=dg%7Cd via @theeconomist

The Star Online as of 30 Sept 2014

Friday, 12 September 2014

Corporate Cocaine

The Economist | Share buy-backs: Corporate cocaine http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21616950-companies-are-spending-record-amounts-buying-back-their-own-shares-investors-should-be?frsc=dg%7Cd via @theeconomist

Saturday, 6 September 2014


The internet has a plethora of information, at our fingertips, round the clock. But getting "Google it" as a response to an inquiry dampens the spirit of learning. Does saying "Google it" score better on the pride-o-meter than saying "I don't know"?