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 FORBES ASIA’s, select 200 out of 15,000 stock-traded companies in Asia-Pacific with revenues between $5 million and $1 billion based on the following criteria: five-year average return on equity and pretax margin greater than 10%, positive sales and earnings per share growth for both the most recent fiscal one and three-year periods, debt less than 75% of shareholders’ equity, and a trading history of at least on year. The final list of 200 is not ranked.

Out of the 200, only 52 repeated from last year, although a dozen others returned to the BUB (Best Under a Billion) from lists previous to that. Of the 2013 group, four companies namely Hartalega Holdings, Mudajaya Group, Philweb & YGSoft—share the mark for longest BUB, which is four years.

There are 12 Malaysia companies listed. The table below is the full list of Forbes Asia 200 Best Under A Billion for 2012.

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For the past decade, the gold price increases tremendously from merely USD270 (RM1,026) per ounce (oz) in early 2002 to USD1,664 (RM5,089) per ounce (oz) at the end of 2012. That was 516% increase in US Dollar or 396% in Malaysian Ringgit.

Unfortunately, things not always rosy, gold perform very badly in 2013. The price drop to USD1201.9 (RM3944) or 27.7 (22.4 in RM) percent by the end of 2013.

All-time high was recorded at USD1,913 (RM5,685) per ounce (oz) on 23rd August 2011. At current price, it represents  37.2 (30.6 in RM) percent drop.

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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IOI PropertiesIOI Properties Group Bhd, a property developer is scheduled to be listed in Main Market of Bursa Malaysia on 15th January 2014.

The Initial Public Offering (IPO) will be distributed in the following manner.

  • 2.1 billions of ordinary shares will be distributed to existing IOI Corporation Berhad shareholder on a basis of 1 IOI Properties Group shares for every 3 existing IOI Corporation held as at 5pm 23rd December 2013.
  • Offer for sale of 1.1 billion of ordinary shares to existing IOI Corporation Berhad shareholder on a basis of 1 IOI Properties Group shares for every 6 existing IOI Corporation held as at 5pm 23rd December 2013. The offer price is RM1.76 at RM1.00 par value.

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CopyrightStartups need to work from the ground up. Part of the process of establishing your business is creating materials documenting the kind of work you will be doing, and how you will be doing it. Also, marketing objectives are often laid out in videos, brochures and eBooks. The intention of these materials is to send out something to clients and potential clients to increase revenue. As this information is made public, there is always the chance the competition will simply pick up the copy and use it. This can create a big problem for your company. Protecting the work you have put into everything you produce is highly important, according to StartupNation. And protecting your intellectual property means having it copyrighted. Copyright is simply the right to use and distribute an original work by the creator of that work.

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GSTRecently, the Malay Mail Online published on their website about a just-released public opinion survey carried out this month by independent pollster Merdeka Center, 55 per cent of the 1,005 respondents said that they did not understand how the GST worked. Out of the total, 20 per cent of Malaysians said they know nothing about the GST, while 35 per cent said they do not know very much.

On January 2014, there will be a FREE online seminar to share the practical tips about GST implementation and application in both English & Mandarin. Registration page is at http://foundermethod.com/gst-training-malaysia

There are many GST workshops or sessions conducted by accounting firms that are highlighting this issue. However, this online seminar is specially cater for people who are time pressed or geographically isolated to attend physical seminars.

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