30 May '11, 5am

IM$avvy Headlines: Indonesia offers scope to investors #investment #finance

INDONESIA may not be the top investment destination for many Singaporeans, but the country offers rich opportunities, said participants at a conference last Saturday. An example is the equities market: The Jakarta Composite Index gained 46 per cent last year, outperforming many regional indexes. So far this year, Indonesian stocks are up 3.5 per cent, compared to Singapore's Straits Times Index, which has lost value. Indonesia is 'one of the hottest investment targets anywhere in the world in 2011', said Mr Michael Steven, chief executive of Kresna Securities, an Indonesian broking house. Kresna's head of research, Mr Stanley, who goes by only one name, estimates that Indonesian firms will see earnings growth of about 15 per cent this year, giving much room for stock prices to appreciate. Economic fundamentals will underpin the growth, with the economy expected to grow 6.3...

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