P.S. Amanah Saham – Malaysians quick grab your cheque books! Monday, Mar 12 2007 

CNY2  Lil Mom Q’d up from 8.30am at the Maybank branch in Kuching.

 She was first in line and when the branch opened at 9.30am they instantly keyed in her application for both ASW 2020 and ASM. The tellers also proceeded to key in other applicants’ instructions while waiting for online confirmation.

Alas! Hours passed and not even one of the applications could be confirmed by the system…!

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Amanah Saham – Malaysians quick grab your cheque books! Sunday, Mar 11 2007 

Gong Xi Fa Cai! 

Was just informed by my dearest Lil Mom that PNB will be launching additional units for its two funds –  the Amanah SahamWawasan 2020  and Amanah Saham Malaysia – on March 12. A total of 800 million units on ASM and 1 billion units on ASW 2020 will be available for sale.  

This time around there will be a capping of 50,000 units per fund for each investor and this would be imposed for two weeks from March 12-26, 2007. That’s good news indeed. Looks like PNB has paid heed to the unhappy investors who missed out on the last ASW 2020 release in August 06. The units were sold out within the first half hour due to early bird investors who invested in large denominations (ie. in hundreds of thousands of Ringgit (read my earlier posts (first, second) on this topic).

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So you’ve missed out on ASW 2020…now what? (2) Saturday, Sep 9 2006 

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I covered the products offered by banks in part one of this post about alternatives to the ASW 2020. In this instalment, I will cover the hot topic of REITs.

More and more REITs are coming onstream since the launch of the Malaysia’s maiden REIT back in 2005, the Axis REIT. REIT (pronounced “reet”) stands for real estate investment trust. Given Malaysians’ love affair with bricks and mortar, this is a very flexible investment vehicle that allows us to indirectly own a stake in say, Starhill Gallery or the Kuala Lumpur JW Marriott simply by buying the building’s REIT through Bursa.

What’s more you don’t need a lot of money. The closing price of the Starhill REIT as at 8 September 2006 was RM0.95 and 1,000 shares will cost you just RM950. If this sounds interesting, read on…

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PNB concerned over ‘plight’ of ASW 2020 applicants Friday, Sep 8 2006 

There we were last night scratching our heads (well OK, not quite that bad) to come up with ideas where to “stash our cash” 🙂 after the ASW 2020 debacle. And I still have to come up with my second instalment to that particular post.

Meanwhile……..over at the PNB offices, a statement has been issued by their VP to render their side of the story. Lil Mom told me about it over the phone today and I manage to lift it from today’s Star. And it goes like this: 

“WE AT Permodalan Nasional Bhd and Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd would like to thank Malaysians for their continued support of our unit trust products, particularly the most recent one involving the offer of additional units of Amanah Saham Wawasan 2020. 

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So you’ve missed out on ASW 2020…now what? Thursday, Sep 7 2006 

Judging by the comments from my ASW 2020 post, 9 out of 10 people (if not more) missed out on the ASW 2020. So if you’re one of those poor souls — all cashed out and no place to invest… 🙂 , I thought it’d be good to get creative with some alternatives to the ASW 2020 that you could consider. The list is not exhaustive so, you’re welcome to add more ideas through the comments section. Whatever it is, nobody mention Swisscash or Swiss Mutual…puurrlleeeassse!!

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Wawasan fund time again Friday, Aug 25 2006 

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Little Mom just called me from Kuching to say Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) will be issuing more Amanah Saham Wawasan 2020 (ASW) units again on September 1. She missed out on the last round and so, is excitedly running around sorting out her deposits so that she can join the queue early on September 1.

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