World Economic Forum (WEF) which is based in Geneva, Switzerland recently release “The Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015″. The ranking is based on 12 pillars and 144 criterias to measure the competitiveness for each countries.

The 12 pillars are Institutions, Infrastructure, Macroeconomic environment, Health and primary education, Higher education and training, Goods market efficiency, Labor market efficiency, Financial market development, Technological readiness, Market size, Business sophistication & Innovation.

In the report, Malaysia ranked the 20th most competitive nation among 148 countries up 4 spot from 24th out of 144 countries in 2013-2014 overtaking advanced economies country such as Australia and France. Malaysia remained the second most competitive among Asean and has improved to sixth position among 28 Asia-Pacific countries. Malaysia’s biggest improvement was in the institutions pillar.

The table below is top 25 of the ranking.

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Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASNB), announced a dividend of 6.60 sen per unit for Amanah Saham 1Malaysia (AS 1Malaysia) for the financial year ended 30th September 2014.

The  dividend is 0.10 sen per unit lower then 6.70 sen per unit announced in 2013. Kindly refer to “Historical AS1 Malaysia Dividend Rate” for previous year dividend.

The dividend will involve a total payment of RM664.22 million and will benefit 376,631 unit holders.

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 First-time investors ask this question a lot. Is it better to keep precious metal investments at home or in a secured vault abroad?

The simple answer is to do both. Investors should always keep a portion of their gold investments close by so they can liquidate it whenever they need to. After all, there’s no point in owning gold if you can’t liquidate it right away. The majority of your investments, on the other hand, should be bought and kept safe abroad so you can rely on it in case you need to relocate due to a political catastrophe in your country.

Keeping gold in a private vaults

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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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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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