For the past decade, the gold price increases tremendously from merely USD270 (RM1,026) per ounce (oz) in early 2002 to all-time high of USD1,913 (RM5,685) per ounce (oz) 23rd August 2011. That was 608% increase in US Dollar or 454% in Malaysian Ringgit.

However, since reaching all time high, the price gradually went down to less than $1,200 per ounce at the end of 2014. 2013 is the worst performing year, where the price drop a massive 27%. 2014 also register a price drop in US Dollar albeit small drop but the price increase in Malaysian Ringgit which was due to sudden drop of Ringgit versus US Dollar.

Gold once perceived as a safe haven during uncertainties or economic crises and a hedge against inflation but why it dropped so much? Read the article “Breaking the Myth of Gold as the Ultimate Store of Wealth” and “Why Gold is Damaging to the World’s Economy” which were written by the author of 259 Trillion Vs 5 Trillion book series. Maybe the article could explain why.

I made a compilation table to show the annual gold price changes for the past decades in both US Dollar and Malaysian Ringgit as below.

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 I just added 2 new online calculators which I think will be useful, especially for property investors out there. These calculators made specifically for property investors who rent out their property.

First, Property Rental Yields Calculator use to determine whether a property worth to be invested as rental income. Second, Tenancy Agreement Stamp Duty Calculator to find our the cost to stamp the rental agreement.

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EPFe-Pengeluaran is an EPF’s electronic services allows members with RHB Bank and Maybank housing loans to submit withdrawal applications online in a fast, accurate and convenient way.

The online facility, which is linked to EPF’s i-Akaun, assist withdrawal applications for repayment of housing loan monthly instalments and to reduce or redeem housing loan balance. Bear in mind that, members must be a registered i-Akaun holder in order to utilize this service.

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ASB

Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) unitholders will receive a dividend of 7.50 sen and a bonus 1.0 sen per unit for the financial year ending 31st December 2013. This brings a total of 8.50 sen distribution income for year 2014.

This dividend is 0.2 sen lower when compare to 7.70 sen declared in 2013. However, bonus retained at 1 sen per unit.

Kindly refer to “Historical Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) Dividend Rate” page, for previous year dividend and bonus.

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Only World GroupOnly World Group Berhad Initial Public Offering (IPO) received an overwhelming response with its public portion of 9.25 million shares. It was oversubscribed by 6.91 times. The IPO attract 3,307 applications or 73.17 million shares.

Notices of Allotment will be dispatched by post to all successful applicants on or before 16th December 2014. Only World Group is expected to be listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia on 18th December 2014 under stock name “OWG”.

Below are the allotment summary.

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