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Alexa, Tech Companies Are Leaving China: Where Will They Go?
Global consumer tech companies are reportedly looking to move out of China amid the still unresolved trade war.
Malaysia’s Industrial Production Accelerates amid the Trade War
On June 11, Malaysia’s Department of Statistics released its industrial production data for April.
IMF Economic Update: Still Upbeat on Some Emerging Economies
Irrespective of how strong economic fundamentals look, investors should be careful about investing in emerging markets and other economies that are relatively unknown to them.
Can Malaysia’s Improved Retail Sales Support Economic Growth in 2017?
Retail sales in Malaysia rose 13.9% YoY (year-over-year) in June 2017, compared with its 13.6% gain in May 2017.
Manufacturing in Malaysia: What Happened in July
Manufacturing activity in Malaysia remained subdued in July 2017.
Why Malaysian Inflation Declined Again in July
Consumer prices in Malaysia grew 3.6% in June 2017, compared with its 3.9% rise in May 2017.
Understanding the Marginal Decline in Malaysian Exports in June
Exports from Malaysia in June 2017 stood at 73.1 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $17 billion as of August 11, 2017), or 10% higher YoY.
What’s behind Malaysia’s Large Trade Surplus in June 2017?
Malaysia’s trade surplus jumped to 9.9 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $2.3 billion as of August 11, 2017) in June 2017—an 80% rise YoY.
Where Malaysian Business Confidence Stood in 2Q17
Malaysian business confidence as reported by MIER (Malaysian Institute of Economic Research) gave an optimistic outlook for Malaysia after 1Q17.
What Happened to the Malaysian Manufacturing PMI in June?
Manufacturing activity in Malaysia fell to a record low in June 2017, primarily due to a drop in both output and new orders.
What Improved Global Demand Means for Exports in Malaysia
The Malaysian economy reported improved growth in 1Q17, largely supported by the rise in exports.
Inside Malaysia’s Rising Trade Surplus in May
Malaysia’s (EWM) trade performance in May 2017 appeared to benefit from improved global (ACWI) trade.
Will Malaysian Inflation Stay in a Downtrend in 2017?
Inflation in Malaysia (EWM) is now in decline after reaching an eight-year high in March 2017.
Can Improved Demand Help Malaysia’s Economy Expand in 2Q17?
The Malaysian economy gave us an impressive growth story in 1Q17, with its increased investments in infrastructure and private sector expansion.
Malaysian GDP Grew Slower, Inflation Beat Expectations in India
The Malaysian economy grew by 4.0% on an annual basis in 2Q16—in line with estimated forecasts and against 4.2% growth recorded in 1Q16.
Bank of Korea Keeps Rates Unchanged, Asian ETFs Trade Positive
South Korea’s monetary policy committee kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 1.3%—in line with expectations.
Notable Gainers and Losers among Major Currency Pairs
Major Asian currency pairs were trading on a negative bias against the US dollar on August 12, 2016. The US dollar broadly rose against the other currencies.
Inflation Levels Fall in Singapore, Malaysian Unemployment Rate Falls
The inflation rate in Singapore fell by 0.7% on an annual basis in June after a 1.6% drop in May and estimated forecasts of a contraction of 1.1%.
Inflation Levels in Malaysia Ease, Taiwanese Export Orders Drop
The inflation rate in Malaysia increased by 1.6% on an annual basis in June—compared to 2.0% in the previous month and below forecasts of 1.6%.
Central Bank of Malaysia Cuts Rates by 25 Basis Points
The Central Bank of Malaysia unexpectedly reduced the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 3% on July 13—bringing the rates to two-year low levels.
Company & Industry Overviews
Is Asia a Compelling Investment Proposition?
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What Were the Best-Performing Currencies on June 29?
The Malaysian ringgit led the rise in Asian currencies as the US dollar-ringgit currency pair, which is inversely related to the ringgit, fell by 1.7%.
Disappointing Macro Releases across South Asian Economies
Among South Asian economies, industrial production for Singapore released below expectations for May at 0.9% on an annual basis.
Behind the World Bank’s Outlook for Growth in Emerging Markets
EMDEs saw their economic growth contract to 3.4% in 2015, as compared to 4.2% one year previously. For 2016, the World Bank expects their growth to be 3.5%.
PMI Readings Suggest Continued Outperformance of Australian ETFs
The services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) for China (FXI) came in at 51.2 for May 2016. This was the country’s lowest reading since March 2016.
Malaysian Ringgit Drops as Economy Slows to Two-Year Low
The Malaysian ringgit fell against the US dollar on November 13, 2015, for the third consecutive session as Malaysia’s GDP for the third quarter indicated the slowest growth since the second quarter of 2013.
Malaysian Ringgit Rises Due to the Financial Budget
The Malaysian ringgit rose against the US dollar on October 23. The financial budget by Prime Minister Najib Razak was framed to woo investors.
The Malaysian Ringgit Falls to a 17-Year Low
The week ending 14 August, 2015, saw the US-dollar-to-Malaysian-ringgit (USD-MYR) currency pair fall below the psychologically significant level of 4.0.
How to Invest in Malaysian Equities via ETFs
If you want to invest in Malaysian equities, then the iShares MSCI Malaysia ETF (EWM) is the fund for you.
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Malaysian inflation creeping up, but low; rates to remain steady
The consumer price index in Malaysia continued its steady increase since the year started, keeping a pace low enough to prevent any rates hike in the short-term. The consumer price index is the index by which most countries measure their inflation. It is composed of a basic basket of consumer products ranging from basic groceries […]