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Derivatives

Malaysian Control Let Up Will Spark Boom

Bankers in Asia expect recently announced changes in Malaysia's capital controls to trigger a greater hunger for structured investment products.

Bankers in Asia expect recently announced changes in Malaysia's capital controls to trigger a greater hunger for structured investment products. Bank Negara Malaysia, the country's central bank, recently announced unit trusts, insurers and fund management companies may increase overseas investment allocations from 10% of the net asset value of portfolios to 30% from this month.

International houses expect the derivatives market to benefit from the increase in foreign investment flows. "We should see flows on assets across the board including fx, interest rate and credit structures," said Aditya Bhugtiar, v.p. in ABN AMRO in Singapore.

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