Recently, United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) published the average monthly salary or wage for the whole world & the average for 72 countries. For the whole world, the average is USD1,480 per month.
The figures are published for the first time. It’s a rough figure based on data from 72 countries, omitting some of the world’s poorest nations. In addition, all figures are adjusted to reflect variations in the cost of living from one country to another.
To make comparisons in living standards across countries, economists use specially adjusted exchange rates. The figures in this calculation are given in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) dollars. One PPP dollar is equal to 1 US dollar spent in the US. But a US dollar goes further in some countries than in others.
The limitations of the data are.
- The data (for 2009) covers 72 countries, and misses out some big ones, Nigeria, for example.
- Only wage earners are counted – not the self-employed or people on benefits.
- In some countries, the data is incomplete – in South Africa, for example; it leaves out public sector workers and agricultural workers, while in Uganda, it covers only the manufacturing sector.
- To see gross versus net salaries in any country you need to use a local salary calculator like this one from Industry Super Australia.
The table below is the rank of average monthly salary or wage in the world. Malaysia was at number 45 out of 72 countries with average monthly salary of USD961 per month.
There are many Stock Broker or also known as Participating Organization, which licensed to trade in Bursa Malaysia. Full list can be found in Bursa Malaysia website here.
For 2011, the largest stock broker by trading value was CIMB Investment Bank with 10.36 percent from total trading value up from 9.80 in 2010. On the other hand, the largest trading volume was OSK Investment Bank with 11.85 percent of trading volume but only 6.58 percent in term’s trading value. Seem like, people who trade via OSK like to invest in penny stock!
Generally, in 2011 total trading volume & value were higher when compare to 2010. Trading volume up 30% from 506,498 million in 2010 shares to 658,463 in 2011 while trading value up 12.2 % from 780,723 in 2010 to 876,334 in 2011.
The table below shows top 15 largest stock brokers trade in Bursa Malaysia in 2011 based on Trading Value and Trading Volume.
Majority the stock market in the world does not performing well in 2011 with only 7 out of 51 stock markets showing an increase in the market capitalization.
This included Bursa Malaysia with 0.48% market capitalization. However, it is in the top 10 of the world’s best-performing stock market in 2011.
The top 2 world’s best-performing stock markets are Irish with 86 percent increase in market capitalization. Meanwhile, the worst stock exchanges are Cyprus and Athens stock exchanges, which decrease more than 40 percent.
The table below is world stock exchange rank for year 2011.
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.
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.