29 March 2010

New Fund: HLG Vietnam Strategic Fund

Are you too bored investing in BRIC funds?
Are you scared of current high valuations of BRIC countries?
Are there any other potential Emerging Markets?

To address investors' questions, HLG Unit Trust Bhd is lauching the "next China" kind of investment, which invest purely into Vietnam market.

Why invest in Vietnam?
  1. Steady and Strong GDP growth, 2nd to China among Asia's countries.
  2. Healthy export sector, east Asia's net exporter of crude oil after Malaysia.
  3. Rapid foreign direct investment growth
  4. Attractive demographics, with great working population.

Indeed, this is the 2nd version of HLG Vietnam Fund (HLGVF) which was launched in early 2008. HLGVF is a whole-sale fund, which is cater for qualified investors only. Now, with a minimum of RM 1,000 only, you can diversify your investment to "Asia's Rising Star". If you missed the China boat, do not miss this !!!

Key Reasons to Invest into HLG Vietnam Strategic Fund:
  1. Rides on attractive capital growth of Vietnam, through listed and unlisted companies.
  2. Employs a dynamic asset allocation strategy
  3. Managed by experienced and competent offshore investment advisor (VAM) 

Initial Offering Period : 23rd March - 12th April 2010
Min. Investment         : Rm 1,000
Min. Top-Up             : Rm   100
NAV per unit             : Rm 0.10
Service Charge          : 6.00 %
* BRIC : Brazil, Russia, India, China

News: Kenanga Investment gets green light to buy CMS unit

Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd, a subsidiary of K&N Kenanga Holdings Bhd, has received Bank Negara approval to acquire the entire equity stake in Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd unit CMS Trust Management Bhd for RM23mil.
K&N Kenanga group director Tengku Zafrul Aziz said in a statement yesterday that the acquisition would further strengthen its position as one of Malaysia’s leading independent financial groups.

“This synergy combination between CMS Trust Management and Kenanga Fund Management will put us in a formidable position to capture opportunities in the unit trust and fund management segments.

“We are looking forward to offering our collective expertise to existing customers in both companies as well as growing new ones. We are confident our customers will benefit from the enlarged opportunities that we are now able to offer to them,” he said.

CMS Trust Management was established in 1995 and has its principal business operations in Kuala Lumpur.

Source: The Star newspaper

28 March 2010

New Fund: HwangDBS Aiiman A20 China Access

Another Syariah Compliant product, yet, A20 is first in Malaysia which have China access investment opportunity. The fund represents a superior China access product, which provides investors direct exposure to highly lucrative China A-Share Market and potential currency appreciation of Renmimbi.

Reason to invest in A20:
1. First Shariah-complian direct A-share offering in Malaysia and globally.
2. Direct, Simple and Optimal. Potential appreciation of Renmimbi.
3. Robust market dynamics & Valuations still supportive of future growth.

What is the Strategy?
The fund will invest into the 20 largest Shariah-compliant China A-share companies, in terms of their market capitalisation, listed in Shanghai or Shenzhen Stock Exchanges.

Below is some of the informations:
- Fund Category   : Structured (wholesale fund)
- Min investment   : USD 10,000
- Sales Charge      : 3.00 %
- Redemption Fee : 2.00 %

Source: HwangDBS investment management

24 March 2010

New Fund: CIMB-Principal Australian Equity Fund

"Add stability to your portfolio, Invest in the strengths of Australia"

This is the tagline for the new fund, which is aiming to outperform the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index over the medium to long-term, by feeding into Schroder Australian Equity Fund (an Australian-domiciled fund).
The fund will invest at least 95% of net asset value (NAV) in Schroder Australian Equity Fund, emphasising on investment in companies with sustainable competitive advantage in the long term, with a targeted annual return of 10-15%. According to its CEO Campbell Tupling, the Australian market presented exciting opportunities as it was the only major economy that had avoided a technical recession in 2009.

Key selling points:
  1. Australia's positive economic outlook, with strong AUD currency.
  2. Continue strong demand for its resources, especially from China.
  3. Sound governance and effective financial policies.
Minimum invesment : RM 1,000
Minimum top-up      : RM   200
Service charge         : up to 6.5%
Initial offer price       : 25 sen

23 March 2010

Go-ogle: New tactic in China

Starting today (23rd March 2010), users of Google.cn website will now taken to the Google.com.hk site as Mountain View, California-based company seeks to operate an uncensored service in China that won't infringe local laws, the Internet operator said.

As such, Mountain View had escalated a two-month censorship row with the government in the world's biggest Internet market yesterday by routing China-based subscribers to a search service on its Hong Kong site.

Was this a good move by Google?

In my opinion, this is a clever-cum-tactical move by Google to takes on China, because the playing ground had swifted to Hong Kong now. And, this could inviting backlash from Hong Kong people, if China want to completely ousted Google out of its territory.

Remember, Hong Kong has a separate government and economy, though mainland authorities have exercised powers to reinterpret local statutes since 1997. China had promised to preserve Hong Kong's capitalist system and free press for a further 50 years, when handing over of sovereignty then. However, traffic redirected to Google's Hong Kong site was still subject to Chinese government filters today. Can Hong Kong out-spoken citizens live without Google?

To recap:
Google said on Jan.12 it was no longer willing to censor content on its Chinese site after it was targeted by cyber attacks from within China. Hackers obtained proprietary information and e-mail data of some human rights activists in a "highly sophisticated attack", said Google. Clearly, Google is upset with the move by "Chinese hackers" or "hackers of China".

Disclaimer: This article is purely of personal opinions with no intention of biased to neither party.

14 March 2010

New Fund: OSK-UOB China-India Dynamic Growth Fund

OSK-UOB Unit Trust Management Bhd is launching a new fund on 11th March 2010. The fund will capitalise on the potential growth of world's two largest emerging countries. With a spectacular GDP growth of 8-10% per annum, China and India poised to lead the world's economy out of recession. China and India now ranked as world's 2nd and 4th largest economy respectively, and will outpace Japan in the next few years.
Among the key selling points of the fund are:
  1. Rapid urbanisation
  2. Great domestic consumption demand
  3. Sustainability of strong GDP growth

This is a high risk, high return fund, with portfolio allocation of 60%-40% between the two countries.
UOB asset management will manage the China portfolio, while, UTI International (Singapore) is the sub-manager for India portfolio of the fund.

06 March 2010

How BNM OPR hiking affecting market?

4th March 2010, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) raised its overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 2.25%, signaling a reversed trend of interest rate environment in Malaysia. According to BNM, such measure was needed to normalize interest rate with improvement in economic conditions. I personally agree too, by rejecting the using the words of “monetary tightening”.

However, this is only just started; a gradual approach by BNM to raised OPR is expected. To recap, BNM had slashed OPR by 150 basis points to 2% starting 2008. In other words, BNM has a lot more room in reaching the pre-crisis level.

Below are some resulting effects:
1. Banks’ base lending rate will rise accordingly from 5.55% now.
2. Banks’ fixed deposit rate will rise accordingly from 2%-2.5% now too.
3. Ringgit will strengthen further against major currencies, like USD and Pounds.

How about Share Market?
A lot of people anticipate that share market will corrects when central banks hike interest rate. However, this time is not the same here, with KLCI inching 1.22% to 1299.78 points. Meanwhile, it also breaks the psychological 1,300 level since 19th Jan this year.

By analyzing KLCI, 28% was made up of banking counters, with Maybank rose 5.56%, RHBCap (+3.4%) and CIMB + (1.0%). Banking stocks were mostly up, due to improved profit margin given an improved interest rate environment. Besides, foreign funds also pouring into Malaysia in view of stronger ringgit and low sovereign default risk.