Statistics

pension funds

The following data are as of early 2010. Two (2) Malaysia pension funds namely Employees Provident Funds (EPF) and Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP) listed in top 300 world’s largest pension funds.

In 2010, EPF is at number 19 from the top 300 pension funds drop from number 18 in 2008.  However, the total assets grow to USD109.0 billion from USD98.8 billion in the same period.

KWAP, Malaysian second largest pension funds is at number 148 in 2010 with USD19.1 billion assets up from position 160 with USD16.0 billion assets in 2009.

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World Bank recently published a new report regarding the easiest country to do business in the world. A high ranking on the ease of doing business index means the regulatory environment is more conducive to start and operate a local firm.

This index averages the country’s percentile rankings on 9 topics, made up of a variety of indicators, giving equal weight to each topic. The rankings are from the Doing Business 2011 report, covering the period June 2009 through May 2010.

Malaysia ranked at position 21st, up 2 position from 23rd in 2010. Malaysia showed improvements in its online procedures for starting a business, speedy registration of properties and notable ease in tax procedures especially with the introduction of online tax submissions.

Earlier this year, Malaysia also made a significant leap in its IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, moving up eight places and becoming the 10th most competitive nation in the world.

The table below are the rank of the top 30 countries.

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sensex

Recently, we heard news about Singapore Exchange (SGX) agreed to a US$8.3 billion takeover of Australia’s ASX Ltd. The merger will create Asia’s fourth-largest and World’s eight-largest stock exchange.

With the above news it is interesting to know the biggest stock exchange in the world. The following table shows the largest stock exchange around the world in terms of market capitalization as of September 2010. It also shows the number is listed companies as its performance for the past 1 year. It also interesting to know how is our local exchange, Bursa Malaysia perform.

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banks

In July 2010, The Banker Magazine publish Top 1000 World Banks ranking for 2010. The rankings are based on the definition of Tier 1 capital as set out by Basel’s Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The definition is stricter than total stockholders’ equity and covers only the core of the bank’s strength. The shareholders’ equity available to cover actual or potential losses. Goodwill is deducted from Tier 1.

The table below are the first 20 largest banks. Bank of America Corporation manage to gain the highest position with USD160,387.8 million. Where is Malaysian banks? In 2009 Maybank have the highest position among Malaysian banks at number 248.

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IMD

The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) is the world’s most renowned and comprehensive annual report on the competitiveness of nations, ranking and analysis of how a nation’s environment creates and sustains the competitiveness of enterprises.

IMD analyze the countries based on four main criteria namely Economic Performance, Government Efficiency, Business Efficiency and Infrastructure.

Each of these factors is divided into 5 sub-factors which highlight every facet of the areas analyzed.

In 2010, Malaysia managed to to emerge as the 10th most competitive country in the world from number 18th.

The table below shows the ranking of 58 countries in 2010 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.

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