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    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Malaysia steers ASEAN towards economic union

22 May 2015
Malaysia ASEAN

A summit of the ASEAN group of countries in April, hosted in Malaysia, brought the bloc one step closer to realising plans to launch the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the start of 2016.

Economic Update | Malaysia experiences softer housing market

20 Apr 2015
malaysia RE

Concerns about rising household debt and the introduction of a goods and services tax (GST), which came into effect on April 1, are likely to contribute to a cooling in the residential segment of Malaysia’s property market.

Economic Update | Malaysia’s Petronas seizes bond opportunity

25 Mar 2015
Malaysia bond

State-owned energy firm Petronas has returned to Malaysia’s capital markets for the first time since 2009 with what is expected to be the first of several issues aimed at boosting its fiscal reserves.

Economic Update | Malaysian insurance to stay on strong growth path

26 Feb 2015
Malaysia insurance

Rising domestic demand should drive growth in Malaysia’s insurance sector this year, despite economic headwinds, but the highly competitive market could see a further round of mergers as larger operators consolidate their position. 

Economic Update | Malaysia gearing up for auto growth

26 Jan 2015
Malaysia auto

Automotive sales are set to accelerate in Malaysia this year with increased investment in production and greater emphasis on fuel-efficient vehicles, though a number of adverse factors such as a new goods and services tax (GST) as well as the strengthening US dollar may weigh on demand.

Economic Update | Malaysia Year in Review 2014

31 Dec 2014

Economic growth will slacken in Malaysia at the end of the year, continuing into 2015 as revenues from oil and other commodities plummet, but structural reforms will help mitigate these effects as well as lower debt.