Economy

Spain has rating raised to A- by Fitch on economic recovery

by BLOOMBERG
Spain’s credit rating was raised one level at Fitch Ratings, which said the country’s “buoyant” economic growth has helped reduce the ...

Greece credit rating raised by S&P as growth outlook improves

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Greece’s sovereign credit rating was raised one level by S&P Global Ratings, helping the government’s plans to continue a bond-market ...
FOREX

Forex traders eye OPR hike as ringgit hits fresh high

The ringgit closed at a fresh 20-month high of RM3.936 last Friday
By MARK RAO / Graphic By TMR The ringgit could be headed for a bout of volatility ...

Australia’s jobs growth keeps surging

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SYDNEY • Australian employment surged in December, capping one of the strongest years of jobs growth on record. The nation still isn’t ...

Lagarde urges Germany to lift public spending amid trade surplus

WASHINGTON • International Monetary Fund (IMF) MD Christine Lagarde (picture) encouraged Germany to step up government spending to boost growth, noting the ...

China posts 1st full-year pick-up since 2010

BEIJING • China’s economy sealed its first full-year acceleration since 2010, underpinning global growth and giving authorities more room to purge ...

Bank of Korea holds rate steady as inflation below goal

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SEOUL • The Bank of Korea (BoK) left its key interest rate unchanged yesterday as inflation remains below target and the nation’s currency ...
Palm Oil

Palm oil ban puts EU-Malaysia FTA at risk

By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
The European Union (EU) Parliament’s vote to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels by 2021 has cast a ...
Najib Razak

Costly bridge necessary for Labuan’s growth, says PM

The bridge could improve investors’ confidence, while allowing full mobility for people of Labuan
By D KANYAKUMARI / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL The ...
Chetan Sehgal

Digital boom a catalyst to increase Malaysia’s economic growth

Malaysia is in the sweet spot in welcoming the digital revolution, says director
By IZZAT RATNA / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS The rising digital disruption ...
Ringgit

Gainers and losers of the stronger ringgit

The domestic unit is much like a double-edged sword that cuts both ways
By MARK RAO / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL The stronger ringgit is much like a ...

Dilemma for Bangko Sentral to seek reserve cut

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MANILA • Philippine central bank governor Nestor Espenilla (picture) said it’s getting harder to cut the reserve requirement ratio for ...