Index


IL

International Living Magazine, which is based in Baltimore, USA recently published Living’s 2012 Retirement Index. The index ranked top 19 countries for the best retirement havens. This index is published annually.

The index is calculated based on a vast range of data points, from the average humidity to the cost of a taxi. The index is also emphasise on living cost such as the prices for real estate, rentals, and utilities like water, electricity, and cable TV. The cost of groceries, eating out, even specific medical procedures are considered too. Finally, International Living also took into account what kind of discounts retirees can get on travel, taxes and entertainment.

In 2012 index, Malaysia score really well at rank number 4 behind Ecuador, Panama & Mexico. The table below is the top 19 country according to Living’s 2012 Retirement Index.

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Bursa

The FBM KLCI is a tradable index comprises of the 30 largest companies in the Bursa Malaysia by market capitalization. The index’s a component underwent a review on 8th December 2011

The prediction made earlier, was partly correct. Bumi Armada, UEM Land and AirAsia are joining the KLCI to replace PLUS, MISC and Gamuda. UEM Land’s inclusion is effective from 13th December while Bumi Armada and AirAsia will be part of the index from 19th December.

With Gamuda drop from the index, there is no longer any construction representative in the index. However, the inclusion of UEM Land into the index gives a property sector representation.

The table below is the new FBM KLCI component’s stock together with their sector, market capitalization (actual & adjusted) and weightage.

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A.T. Kearney is a global management consulting firm. They publish Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index to rank top 25 countries in the most attractive Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

The Index provides a look at the present and future prospects for international investment flows.

The Index, which first published in 1998, assesses the impact of political, economic, and regulatory changes on the FDI intentions and preferences of the leaders of top companies around the world.

In 2012 index, China, India & Brazil are the top 3 countries. Inthe same reports, Malaysia up 11 positions from 21st which obtained in 2010.

The table below is top 25 country according to 2012 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index.

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Bursa

The FBM KLCI is a tradable index comprises of the 30 largest companies in the Bursa Malaysia by market capitalization. The index’s component stocks are due for second 2011 revision on 8th December.

Based on the recent data, PLUS and Gamuda are expected to drop from FBM KLCI components. PLUS will be dropped due to privatization.

On the other hand, Gamuda will be dropped because it is now the 37th largest company by market capitalization. This is because as per FTSE regulations, if the counter no longer in the top 35th, it should be dropped from the FBM KLCI.

Based on the table below, to replace PLUS and Gamuda, 3 most likely candidates are Nestle, AirAsia and Bumi Armada.

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A.T. Kearney is a global management consulting firm. Every year they publish Global Services Location Index (GSLI) to rank top 50 countries in the most attractive offshoring destinations.

The measures based on 3 main criteria namely Financial Attractiveness, People Skills & Availability and Business Environment.

For 2011 AT Kearney GSLI, the top three slots are still occupied by three Asian countries namely India, China and Malaysia. These countries are at this position since the inception of GSLI in 2003.

Earlier, Malaysia manage to obtain a good rank in “2011 World Bank Top 30 Ease of Doing Business Countries” & “2010 IMD World Most Competitive Countries“.

The table below is top 50 countries according to 2011 Global Services Location Index (GSLI).

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