Affin Hwang Asset Management Bhd to meet RM50b assets under administration by 2018

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The Edge reported that Affin Hwang Asset Management Bhd (Affin Hwang AM), an asset management entity is on track to meet its RM50 billion assets under administration (AUA) target by 2018.

In a company update briefing, Affin Hwang AM said charting one of the strongest growth trajectory in the company’s history, the company’s AUA grew by over RM 11 billion last year to reach RM47.3 billion as at Dec’17.

“This is an achievement that is both humbling and exciting for us, but never taken for granted. As an asset management player that puts integrity at the forefront of our core values, we will continue to manage our clients’ wealth responsibly through their hard-earned trust.

“We aim to sustain our growth momentum by building on our existing capabilities and knowledge-base to harness operational efficiencies within the company,” Teng said.

Assets under administration is the value of assets that a third-party administrator or entities provide services for, which include taxes, accounting, and custody of assets.

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Massive Cryptocurrency Heist in Japan puts highlight on security

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, CoincheckInc had on Friday experienced one of the biggest heist in history to the tune of USD$500 million.

Three days later, the theft of nearly USD$500 million in digital tokens is still reverberating through cryptocurrency markets and policy circles around the world.

The episode, disclosed by Coincheck executives at a hastily arranged press conference on Friday night, comes at an awkward time for Japanese regulators, who began rolling out a new licensing system for cryptocurrency venues just a few months ago. It has heightened calls for closer oversight and may influence a closely watched debate in neighboring South Korea over whether to ban digital-asset exchanges outright.

While Bitcoin and its ilk have mostly recovered from their selloff on Friday — thanks in part to Coincheck’s assurances over the weekend that customers would be reimbursed — market observers say concerns over security lapses at cryptocurrency exchanges are likely to persist. They may even push some investors toward peer-to-peer methods of trading that don’t rely on centralized platforms.

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China’s Dalian Wanda Group says 2017 Revenue Down 10.8 percent on Asset Sales

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Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group’s revenue fell by 10.8 percent in 2017, the second consecutive year it declined, as the debt-laden group sold off property assets and faced increasing scrutiny from regulators and lenders.

The  property-to-entertainment group, owned by tycoon Wang Jianlin, reported 227.4 billion yuan ($35.54 billion) in revenue for last year, while net profit remained flat compared with 2016, according to a statement posted on the company’s website on Saturday. It did not reveal the profit figure.Total assets, of which 93 percent are domestic, declined 11.5 percent to 700 billion yuan.The group came under pressure last year from a government crackdown on perceived risky spending overseas and high levels of corporate debt.

Banks heightened their scrutiny and ratings agencies downgraded its property unit to junk status.The Chinese conglomerate is expected to announce the sale of two Australian property projects in the coming days, sources have told Reuters, the latest in a string of asset sales as the firm looks to reduce its portfolio after a major acquisition spree.

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Public to be Aware on the Initial Coin Offering

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The two authorities, Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) and Bank Negara Malaysia advised members of the public to exercise caution on the initial coin offering (ICO) schemes that may involve activities that are subjected to laws administered by the SC and the Central Bank.

In the statement, SC that carrying on such activities without proper authorisation is an offense.

The issuers of ICO are advised to be mindful on the launching of ICO, the offering of digital tokens in exchange for digital currency or any form of payment and incidental activities that may trigger regulatory requirements under securities laws.

“No person is permitted to carry out any regulated activities such as fundraising, fund management, and dealing in capital market products without obtaining necessary approval or authorisation from the SC,” it said.

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eCCRIS to Digitize and Empower Financial Services & Society

Last week, the Central Bank of Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia has introduced a new initiative to digitize its financial services and empower society called eCCRIS which stands for the electronic Central Credit Reference Information System.

In the bank’s statement, the Governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim said it is the bank’s efforts to expand the scope of the use of its traditional CCRIS report.

He said the report is used not only by borrowers and lenders, but it also include the purposes of individual financial health screening, debt management and settlement activities, as well as screening of job applicants by employers. This development is in line with Bank Negara’s aspiration to see the wider use of credit scores.

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