Emerging markets can benefit as the West decouples from China

For at least the last two decades, a presence in China was seen by Western firms as a distinct competitive advantage over their peers. Now, all that seems to be changing. American and European suspicion ...

Shariah governance practices in the global Islamic finance industry

Islamic finance is still growing at a double-digit pace, making new inroads in the MENA region and Africa. Countries adopting Islamic finance have embarked on developing legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure compliance and good ...

Benarkah kenaikan OPR punca muflis?

Kebelakangan ini Overnight Policy Rate (OPR), sering dikaitkan dengan muflis, namun ianya kurang tepat dan agak mengelirukan. Saban kali saya dah mengulas perkara ini, OPR adalah salah satu instrumen mengawal inflasi, mengawal aliran modal keluar, ...

Lessons learnt and not learnt from the Asian Financial Crisis

Exactly 25 years ago last month, East Asia went through its worst financial crisis. Several countries, particularly Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and the Philippines, were hit. What began as a speculative attack on the ...

Don’t Mess with Monetary Policy

The decision by Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on July 6 to increase the overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 basis points, which is the second this year after the increase in the previous MPC meeting ...

MALAYSIA’S OPR HIKES AND INFLATION

Bank Negara Malaysia (Malaysia’s Central Bank) has increased the policy rate twice in succession this year by 25 basis points in May 2022 and another 25 basis points in July 2022, which brings the policy ...

Hijrah From Lip Service To Accountable Actions

As we graduate from IR4.0 towards Society 5.0, one needs to pause and ponder, why are we still talking about the same old same old? For the uninitiated, Society 5.0 is defined as a human-centred ...

Purification of EPF Conventional Dividends?

First of all, a loud and clear disclaimer, I am NO Shariah Scholar, I am an applied researcher in Islamic finance. My views here are personal and do not represent the official views of any ...

The trilemma of Affordable Housing; Governments Vision, Developers Offering and ...

Whenever affordable housing is mentioned, it seems that it is indeed a National Agenda. It looks like we want to find a permanent and sustainable solution; reality check, we are far away from the solution. ...