Excel Women ConferenceDo women have a place in the business technology world?  Forbes has recently published a guide to the most powerful women in the world across top politicians, finance and business leaders — all ranked by money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact.

Here’s the top 4:
#4 Dilma Rousseff (President, Brazil)

One of the world’s most powerful heads of state, Rousseff is more than halfway through her term as president of Brazil, the world’s seventh-largest national economy with a GDP of nearly $2.4 trillion. The country just hosted World Cup 2014 and will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2016.
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ASW2020

Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd (ASNB), announced a dividend of 6.6 sen per unit for the Amanah Saham Wawasan 2020 for the financial year ending 31st August, 2014.

The dividend is 0.1 sen lower when compare to the 6.7 sen dividend given in 2013. Kindly refer to “Historical ASW2020 Dividend Rate” for previous year dividend since the fund launched.

The dividend will involve a payout of RM1.115 billion. The figures is 5.8 percent higher than the payment of RM1.053 billion made in 2013.

The payout will benefit 891,446 unit holders who currently hold 16.89 billion units of ASW 2020.

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REITReal Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is one of the most popular ways to invest in property as the dividend is rather stable and attractive. The most important reason why REIT investment is, the investor can access the fund invested in REIT rather quickly than conventional property investment as the units are traded in Bursa Malaysia.

However, bear in mind that, dividend received from REIT Investment is taxable.

For a REIT fund that distributed at least 90 percent of their total yearly income to unit holders, the REIT itself is exempted from tax for that year of assessment.

However, unit holders require to pay tax on the dividend income received from the REIT investment. As the income distributed by REITs tax exempt, no tax credit would be available to the unit holders.

If the tax exempt income received by REITs and subsequently distributed to unit holders, this dividend continues to be tax exempt to the unit holders.

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Reach Energy BerhadReach Energy Berhad Initial Public Offering (IPO) received an overwhelming response with its public portion of 20 million shares (together with 20 million warrants). It was oversubscribed by 41.86 times. The IPO attract 23,821 applications or 857.3 million shares.

Notices of Allotment will be dispatched by post to all successful applicants on or before 14th August 2014. Reach Energy is expected to be listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia on 15th August 2014 under stock name “REACH”.

Below are the allotment summary.

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Malaysia vs SingaporeMalaysians have the conviction that Singaporeans are doing far better than Malaysians do.  In many specialized areas, indeed, the level of superiority of Singapore seems to be light years away compared to Malaysia.  However when all things are smoothened out, and the data is generalized over the entire country (Malaysia is much bigger and populous than its neighbor, by as much as 1,400 times and 6 times respectively), we can see that the overly emphasized achievements of Singapore (or the lack of achievements on the part of Malaysia) will fall apart.

The most overarching example is the comparison of the exchange rate between the two countries.

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