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Fluid bilateral exchange between Malaysia and the United States in promoting small and medium-size enterprises to achieve their fullest potential
Fluid bilateral exchange between Malaysia and the United States in promoting small and medium-size enterprises to achieve their fullest potential

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The U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, leaving the door open for a possible interest rate hike when central bank policy makers next meet in September.
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#TPPA does NOT prevent Governments from pursuing and regulating legitimate public policy objectives, especially in areas such as national security, public health environment and welfare. There are a number of safeguards being negotiated to address key concerns, including the avoidance of frivolous challenges by investors. We are committed to ensuring that our core national policies, including the Bumiputera agenda, will be safeguarded. 
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“We are on track on our revamped business plan. We have cut capacity on routes where we were not performing due to irrational competition,” he said. It is important for the carrier to conserve cash and build business, and focus on routes that could make money, he said, adding that the company had cancelled flights to Adelaide, Nagoya, Narita and might take a relook at India as #AirAsia India has grown significantly. 
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“It is now more important than ever that #Malaysia continue to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) that are high-value, technologically advanced and commensurate monetary compensation for Malaysians,” he said, adding that multinational corporations also have strong linkages to the #SMEs. US dominance in the #TPP has been top criticism but Mustapa also reminded that as at 2014, there are more than 700 US-based companies based in Malaysia with investments in excess of RM70 billion and have created over 200,900 jobs. 
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Combining S&P and Fitch's statements together, it is reinforcing our view that as long as the fiscal reform momentum is intact and there's no change in the regime, we'll continue to see statements supportive of the sovereign rating," said Mr Euben Paracuelles, economist at Nomura Holdings.
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“Bank Negara’s exchange rate policy has been guided by careful management of exchange rates on a managed float regime with flexibility, coupled with intermittent intervention (if and when necessary) to reduce excess volatility and ward off speculative activities, while maintaining an optimal level of foreign reserves,” he said when contacted.
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The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes climbed 3.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.49 million, the highest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has risen just 0.4 percent.
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Payrolls increased 223,000 in June after rising 254,000 in May. Job growth has exceeded 200,000 in 14 of the last 16 months and at 5.3 percent, the unemployment rate is close to the 5.0 percent to 5.2 percent range that most Fed officials consider consistent with full employment.
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