So many forums were discussing about the rate adjustments. So many experts views were sought. Some said, it will be adjusted upwards. Some said No. Some said maybe. I said, most probably adjust and potentially remain. I think I am right. No adjustments this time. Bank Negara (BNM) has kept the rates steady and a … Read moreNo Adjustments to Overnight Policy Rate, so many so happy
In an interview with Bloomberg, the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor, Tan Sri Zeti Aziz again reiterated ‘BNM is not going to “run the economy to the ground” to achieve low inflation. Risks to growth have to be taken into account.” The reason Bloomberg or any other media asking this question is because they wanted to … Read moreBloomberg, Bank Negara Malaysia, rate adjustment and economic growth
There are only a few international rating agencies in the world. These rating agencies help investors decided where to invest their money and understand the risks in certain countries with weaker economic fundamentals. Today, we look Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Ratings Services which has recently given their assessment about Malaysia. This report was released end … Read moreStandard & Poor’s rating for Malaysia, subsidy and competitiveness
After a very positive H1 2014 in terms of GDP growth for Malaysia (6.3%), the full year forecast is now expected to be stronger than that estimated previously by all analysts. Referring to StarBiz’s poll of economists, the GDP forecast is averaging at 5.8% and three economists are predicting a growth of up to 6% … Read moreEconomic Growth, Interest Rates, Stronger Ringgit and Slowing Export
I do not own any commercial property and have no plans to buy one anytime soon. However, for those who currently have one, perhaps you may want to know that if the commercial building is not completed by 31 March, GST will be levied. Of course, not the whole project but only on the uncompleted … Read moreGST within few months, commercial properties and why GST
Everyone knows transactions are down but prices are up. For Malaysia, it has been subdued beginning 2012. Recently (Aug 2014), in the Knight Frank’s Prime Global Index, Kuala Lumpur did enough to be ranked 19, ahead of cities such as Delhi (23rd), Mumbai (25th), Tokyo (26th), Hong Kong (30th) and even Singapore (32nd). The %? … Read moreThe beginning point, property prices and current scenario
There has been many predictions about Bank Negara hiking the interest rate which is at this moment is still considered very low. Assuming, this really do happen tomorrow, should you be sweating now? I think, for the 86% who owns just one mortgage loan in Malaysia today, it is not likely that they would be … Read moreIF Interest Rate up Tomorrow, are you sweating now?
This article was rewritten and published in the showguide of MAPEX JB 2014. A reader of kopiandproperty.com asked me for my views on the Malaysian property market 40 years from now. A very interesting question indeed. Unfortunately, I do not have a crystal ball to allow me a glance into the future. However, based on … Read more40 years later – Malaysia property market in my personal view
On June 28, M Shanmugam of The Star wrote about an interesting topic. His article reads, ‘Property Bubble Still Growing’. I am very sure he has done sufficient research as well as relevant property sector experience to have such an attention grabbing title. Normally, these ‘bubble’ title, if you go online would point to a … Read moreBubble is still brewing in Malaysia? – Some reasons given.
To be honest, this is the first time I have heard of an index called the The Malaysian House Price Index (MHPI). Since this is by Bank Negara, I am quite sure it is published periodically. The latest showed that residential prices across the country are stabilising. Last year, in Q4, MHPI rose only 9.6% … Read more84% of homebuyers have only ONE (1) outstanding home loan. 🙂