Biggest and Largest

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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pension funds

Previously we looked at world’s largest sovereign fund &  world’s largest pension funds where Malaysian funds position quite well in the ranking. The different between sovereign and non-sovereign funds are the fund ownership. Sovereign fund is state or government owned. So, this raking is quite similar to world’s largest pension funds but without private funds such as General Motors pension funds.

As of early 2009, EPF is at number 6 among the world’s largest pension funds with $98.8 billion in assets up from number 8 with $94.4 billion in assets previous year.

The table below shows top 22 world’s largest sovereign pension funds.

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pension funds

Previously we looked at world’s largest sovereign funds where Malaysian largest sovereign funds, Khazanah Nasional Berhad at position 22. Today, we going to look at world’s largest pension funds. Malaysia currently have two pension funds namely Employees Provident Funds (EPF) and Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP).

As of early 2009, EPF is at number 18 among the world’s largest pension funds with $98.8 billion in assets while KWAP is at number 160 with $16 billion in assets. EPF was at position 23 with $94.4 billion in assets previous year.

The table below shows top 25 world’s largest pension funds. It cover both sovereign and private pension funds.

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Sovereign Fund

Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) is a state-owned investment fund composed of financial assets such as stocks, bonds, real estate, precious metals, or other financial instruments.

The funds assets are coming from balance of payments surpluses, official foreign currency operations, the proceeds of privatizations, fiscal surpluses, and from commodity exports.

Foreign currency reserve assets held by monetary authorities, state-owned enterprises, government-employee pension funds, and assets managed for the benefit of individuals are not categorized as a sovereign wealth fund.

The objective of sovereign wealth fund are to

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