More than half of Malaysian and Singaporean small businesses are optimistic about growth despite the signs of a challenging business environment, according to the inaugural Small Business Sentiment and Friendliness Survey conducted by on-demand services startup ServisHero.
The Asia Pacific region experienced the sharpest drop in business confidence anywhere in the world in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest global survey of finance professionals.
The economic upturn in countries in Asia is still fragile, according to the Global Economic Conditions Survey for the first quarter of 2015.
Investors in Malaysia are among Asia’s most vulnerable in terms of their investment experience and the advice they draw on, according to the Manulife Investor Sentiment Index for the second quarter of 2014.
Malaysia has been one of the few major markets to have genuinely recovered in the second quarter of 2014, according to the largest economic survey of finance professionals around the world organised by the ACCA and IMA.
The Global Economic Conditions Survey quarterly survey, a regular economic survey of accountants, revealed that while business investment fell in Singapore in the last quarter of 2013, confidence within businesses of those surveyed actually rose in the final months of the year.