Reasons why U.S. rate cut is a Bad Idea

By far you’ve heard and read why everyone was and is still chanting for the Fed to cut its key rate from the current 5.25% to 5% or even 4.75%, if Bernanke is serious in wanting to make the investors “happy”. The investors are threatening (sort of) to boycott the stock markets by not participa [...]

The Week Ahead – awaiting FOMC for direction

Next week will be an interesting week, especially with the FOMC meeting on Tuesday, 18th Sept 2007. Given the damage done and the meltdown in subprime lending, the expectation is extremely high from investors for Fed to cut interest help support the U.S. economic growth, which has indirect e [...]

BBC HardTalk too Hard & Hot for Malaysian Syed Albar

I was driving when I received a SMS from a number unknown to me; the content was quite lengthy so I just left it as it is. Upon reaching my destination I reached for my mobile to have a serious look and there it was a message to watch tonight’s “show” at 10:30pm (Malaysia time) on Astro Channe [...]

Oil price hike – Badawi’s greatest Economic Challenge

Human nature has it that once something is given it’s hard to take it back later. So, when the Malaysian government tried to win the hearts of millions of voters by way of subsidies little did the leader realize one day the same tactic will backfires. It was argued that the subsidies were necessar [...]

FinanceTwitter's Article picked up by Wall Street Journal

The Labor Department reported claims for unemployment benefits rose by 4,000 last week to 319,000, the sixth increase in seven weeks, but less than the 325,000 claims analysts expected. As of writing, the Dow rose 155 points (12:22pm EST) to 13,446 while the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 14.4 [...]

Reasons Why Oil Price might spikes to $90 and beyond

Former Malaysia premier Mahathir once urged the Islamic countries to control their own destiny and at the same time show the true color of Muslim’s power to the western countries, particularly United States. The silver bullet was of course the huge reserve of oil which coincidently happens to be s [...]

Possible Tsunami after 8.4 magnitude earthquake

CNN reported that at least three people are dead in Sumatra as a result of an 8.4-magnitude earthquake that shook buildings across Indonesia and sparked widespread panic earlier today. A small tsunami was detected in Padang, on Sumatra - several hundred miles northeast of the epicenter, measured abo [...]

Volkswagen sets to Control PROTON, in 5-years?

The old unsolved problems pop-up again, and this time Germany's Volkswagen (FRA: VOW) was reportedly wants to take 20% stake initially in Malaysian loss-making car-maker Proton Holdings Bhd (KLSE: PROTON, stock-code 5304). Volkswagen also wants to be able to raise its share to majority stake of 50% [...]

Stock Markets – the game of Feeling, Perception and Hope

Traders had been hoping the Fed chairman, Bernanke, would give some indications during his speech to the Bundesbank, the German central bank, yesterday about the Fed’s next move. Not only Bernanke avoided the topic of interest rate, he instead talked about something else – the need for countries [...]

EPF withdrawal to Reduce Housing Loan Clarified

One of the grey areas has been clarified by the authorities regarding the mechanism on the EPF monthly withdrawal for reducing housing loans initiative proposed during last Friday’s 2008 Malaysia Budget. Today it was clarified that the said withdrawal will be credited directly into the contributor [...]


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