Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Robert Kiyosaki Live in Malaysia

Robert Kiyosaki is the author of the best seller "RICH DAD POOR DAD", a book that teaches on financial education. Being 6 years in the New York Times Best Seller list, he is no doubt a great people to seek advice on financial matters. The good news is he's coming to Malaysia this coming to Malaysia next month. And the BEST news is, I am going for the Seminar.

It was 5 years ago, where Robert last visit to Malaysia and give his talk. 5 years passed by, he decided to come back, not by himself, instead his bringing his group or they call them the Rich Dad's Advisors (as you can see from the picture beside you) and his wife Kim Kiyosaki - the author of 'Rich Woman'.

I was attending a workshop (or a preview for this event) by Jackie Wong, sharing some knowledge on basic of Robert teaching. The Workshop was fun and I do get a lot of contacts. I starting to felt like this is the advantages to be in the middle of the city. Whereas, in Muar, the opportunity was there but it is difficult for me (maybe at that moment) to grab some of the golden opportunities.

I am a big fan of Robert Kiyosaki. I read a lot of his writings and own more than half of his series. I am fortunate enough to be able to join this seminar, even though I am flat broke. I got a promo price and what I can think of at that moment is to use my most precious flat little plastic card with a build in chip and swipe it. The rest, I will work on later. In addition, there is a free gift of ticket to attend the T. Harv Eker - the author of 'The Secret of Million Dollar Mind'. I have read his book on 2006 and I was impressed by the idea of financial blueprint. It really make sense.

I do really hope to actually gain something from the seminar. Of course later on I will share some of the knowledge to some of you who are interested in listening it.

For more info :

Monday, April 27, 2009

World Largest Company

Recently Forbes Global has announced the largest company in the world for the year 2009.
Below is the top 20 list of the largest companies.

RankCompanyCountryIndustrySales ($bil)Profits ($bil)Assets ($bil)Market Value ($bil)
1 General Electric United States Conglomerates 182.52 17.41 797.77 89.87
2 Royal Dutch Shell Netherlands Oil & Gas Operations 458.36 26.28 278.44 135.10
3 Toyota Motor Japan Consumer Durables 263.42 17.21 324.98 102.35
4 ExxonMobil United States Oil & Gas Operations 425.70 45.22 228.05 335.54
5 BP United Kingdom Oil & Gas Operations 361.14 21.16 228.24 119.70
6 HSBC Holdings United Kingdom Banking 142.05 5.73 2,520.45 85.04
7 AT&T United States Telecommunications Services 124.03 12.87 265.25 140.08
8 Wal-Mart Stores United States Retailing 405.61 13.40 163.43 193.15
9 Banco Santander Spain Banking 96.23 13.25 1,318.86 49.75
9 Chevron United States Oil & Gas Operations 255.11 23.93 161.17 121.70
11 Total France Oil & Gas Operations 223.15 14.74 164.66 112.90
12 ICBC China Banking 53.60 11.16 1,188.08 170.83
13 Gazprom Russia Oil & Gas Operations 97.29 26.78 276.81 74.55
14 PetroChina China Oil & Gas Operations 114.32 19.94 145.14 270.56
15 Volkswagen Group Germany Consumer Durables 158.40 6.52 244.05 75.18
16 JPMorgan Chase United States Banking 101.49 3.70 2,175.05 85.87
17 GDF Suez France Utilities 115.59 9.05 232.71 70.46
18 ENI Italy Oil & Gas Operations 158.32 12.91 139.80 80.68
19 Berkshire Hathaway United States Diversified Financials 107.79 4.99 267.40 122.11
20 Vodafone United Kingdom Telecommunications Services 70.39 13.30 252.08 93.66

It is obvious that oil and gas dominates the top 20. No wonder the oil and gas always earn more in-terms of salaries and bonuses. So, fresh grads who are looking for a good lifetime job, I might highly recommend this industries for the time being (Nobody can clearly predict the future, btw).

You can get more details here for full list.

If we narrow down the scope to Malaysia, some of the companies might have been performing well this year. Perhaps the global recession is the opportunity for the local companies to get their butt on the list and get notice around the world.

RankCompanyCountryIndustrySales ($bil)Profits ($bil)Assets ($bil)Market Value ($bil)
534 Maybank Malaysia Banking 4.71 0.90 81.98 6.71
569 Sime Darby Malaysia Conglomerates 10.41 1.07 10.79 9.16
575 Tenaga Nasional Malaysia Utilities 7.58 0.76 20.58 7.54
685 Public Bank Malaysia Banking 3.02 0.76 56.55 8.62
705 Bumiputra-Commerce Malaysia Banking 3.68 0.57 59.60 6.66
875 MISC Malaysia Transportation 4.05 0.76 9.08 8.58
1051 IOI Group Malaysia Food, Drink & Tobacco 4.49 0.68 5.27 6.14
1290 RHB Capital Malaysia Banking 1.74 0.31 30.13 2.17
1467 Petronas Gas Malaysia Oil & Gas Operations 0.98 0.34 3.06 5.20
1540 YTL Malaysia Utilities 2.00 0.24 11.77 3.11
1612 PLUS Expressways Malaysia Transportation 0.87 0.32 4.92 3.96
1684 PPB Group Malaysia Food, Drink & Tobacco 1.02 0.38 3.82 3.10
1692 AMMB Holdings Malaysia Banking 1.72 0.21 25.82 1.82
1734 TM International Malaysia Telecommunications Services 3.33 0.15 10.75 3.06
1805 Hong Leong Financial Group Malaysia Banking 1.20 0.17 25.53 1.30
1823 Genting Malaysia Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 2.66 0.17 8.78 3.46
1938 Petronas Dagangan Malaysia Oil & Gas Operations 6.97 0.21 2.69 1.98
1941 Kuala Lumpur Kepong Malaysia Food, Drink & Tobacco 2.28 0.30 2.47 2.87
1976 Telekom Malaysia Malaysia Telecommunications Services 2.54 0.23 6.51 3.21

These are the giants companies in Malaysia. Malaysian Maybank leads the way at rank 534, but only Sime Darby managed to earn a billion of profit (in USD). I have no idea how the decide the rank.

So, aren't you wanting to have a part of the cake and receive some portion of their profits in term of dividend?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Happy 1st April

Today, with nothing to do I just viewed the youtube from my beloved laptop. What happened was everything turn upside down. WTF! And they said that is their new layout. However, they claim that they are doing that for a reason.

Your New Viewing Experience

At YouTube, we're always looking to improve the way you watch videos online. As part of that, today we're excited to introduce our new page layout. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your new YouTube viewing experience:


Turn your monitor upside-down

Our internal tests have shown that modern computer monitors give a higher quality picture when flipped upside down—kind of like how it's best to rotate your mattress every six months. You might find that YouTube videos look better this way.

Tilt your head to the side

Imagine you've got water in your ear and need to get it out. Tilt your head toward one shoulder and watch the video (gentle head-smacking on the opposite side is optional).

Move to Australia

As you probably know, everything in Australia is upside-down, so moving to Australia may provide you with a more natural YouTube viewing experience. (Note: If you live Down Under, and the page is still upside-down for you, then we recommended moving to the northern hemisphere.)

Of course, if you prefer the way things used to be, just click on the "I prefer the old-fashioned layout!" when watching a video.

Happy April 1st!

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