Hola! Just came back recently from Phnom Penh attending the 5th AAAB International Conference and presenting two conceptual papers. Would like to thank all reviewers and participants for their positive comments/critics.
CAPITAL STRUCTURE DETERMINANTS: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF MALAYSIAN COMPANIES IN THE TRADING AND SERVICES SECTOR
Amer Azlan Abdul Jamal, Rosle Mohidin, Lim Thien Sang, Zatul Karamah
This paper examines the capital structure determinants of several aggregate companies listed under the trading and services sector in Bursa Malaysia. It serves to investigate the characteristics that influence the firms’ decision to use leverage as their source of financing. Data which covered from year 1997-2006 were evaluated using regression analysis. The findings from this study indicates that growth opportunities, liquidity and tangibility influence the firms’ financing decisions. Profitability and firm size however, do not appear to have any significant effect on their capital structure decision.
Keywords: capital structure, Malaysia capital market, Pecking order theory
EXAMINING LIFE INSURANCE DEMAND BASED ON ECONOMIC VARIABLES – THE CASE OF MALAYSIA
Zatul Karamah Ahmad Baharul Ulum, Lim Thien Sang, Amer Azlan Abdul Jamal
The objectives of this article are to examine the influence and relationship of economic variables towards the demand of life insurance policy in Malaysia. Empirical analysis using data sample from 1991 to the recently 2010 proved that the main factors which have influenced the life insurance demand are associated with the roles played by the individual’s available expenses, short-term interest rates and growth of an economy. Consistent with previous research findings, the demand increases with individual’s available expenses and economic growth, and decreases with the condition of short terminterest rates in the market.
Keywords: Life insurance, demand, economic variables
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