2011 Fortune Global 500, World’s Largest Companies


The Fortune Global 500 is an annual ranking of the top 500 corporations or companies worldwide as measured by revenue. The list is compiled and published annually by Fortune magazine.

The list was first publish in 1989 but only cover US industrial companies. In 1995, the list changed to include all companies & sectors.

The latest 2011 ranking was published on 25th July 2011. Wal-Mart Stores managed to retain their top spot. There is only one (1) Malaysian company managed to be in the list of 2011 Fortune Global, namely Petronas at 86th position.

The table below is top 20 of Fortune Global 500.

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Malaysia Labour Force & Unemployment Rate


From 1982 until 2011, Unemployment Rate for Malaysia had an averaged of 4.04 percent, reaching an historical high of 7.40 percent in 1986 and a record low of 2.50 percent in 1996 & 1997. Since 1998, unemployment rate ranging between 2 to 3 percent & stay below average.

The labour force is defined as the number of people employed plus the number unemployed but seeking work. The nonlabour force includes those who are not looking for work, those who are institutionalised and those serving in the military.

The table below shows number of labour forces, unemployment rate & labour participation rate for Malaysia since 1982.

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EPF Statistics, Active Members Savings Range for 2010


For year 2010, Employees Provident Fund declared 5.80 percent dividend. For the same period, more than 6 million individuals were active EPF members with total combined savings of RM298.8 billion excluding 2010 dividend. Total savings including inactive members was at RM440.5 billion.

For those who interested to know the savings profile for active EPF members as of 2010, kindly take a look at the following table. It shows the savings range, number on members and total savings for each range.

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2010 Price & Capital Appreciation of Malaysian Property


When investing in property, one of the most important point to be taken is the location of the property. This will determine how much return the investor will gain from the purchase.

Before determining the exact location to the property, investors may want to know which state in Malaysia is giving the highest capital appreciation and also the average property price.

The table below are the average price and percentage price increase for residential property in all state in Malaysia. The data are from RAM Economics.

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2011 Top 10 ASEAN Banks in terms of Assets Size & Market Capitalization


Do you know which bank is the largest in ASEAN region in terms of assets size or market capitalization? With the recent news that Maybank or CIMB Bank going to merge with RHB Bank, how does the ranking changes?

The table below shows Top 10 ASEAN Banks ranking based on their assets size & market capitalization before and after the merging between Maybank or CIMB Bank with RHB Bank.

Table 1 :- Current Ranking

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