Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Highest Paid Jobs in Malaysia According to Kelly Services

Highest Paid Jobs in Malaysia According to Kelly Services

Malaysia’s job market is robust.

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Skilled professionals are in demand in Malaysia, with some industries being considerably more pronounced than others.

According to the Kelly Services 2014/2015 Malaysia Salary Guide , “the skilled talent pool in Malaysia is at 27 percent – far off from the estimated requirement of 45 percent to meet the national agenda of a high income nation by 2020.”

The good news is, with higher demand, comes increased standard of wages. In the past 12 months, there has been a spike in wages, with the banking and finance sector benefitting from the highest spike of 10 to 25 percent in monthly wages, followed by the sales and marketing sector which benefitted from 10 to 20 percent spike, the logistic and warehousing sector with a 10 to 15 percent increase, the engineering sector went up to 10 percent while information technology with five to 10 percent spike in wages.

The Malaysia Salary Guide also lists down a whole number of jobs with an indication of what the average salary range should be, according to placements made by Kelly Services Malaysia.

Highest-paying positions and industries (per month basis) as listed by Kelly Services Malaysia

Information Technology (IT) is a High Paying Job in Malaysia

IT is the industry with the most shortage and demand currently,” said Kamal Karanth, director of Kelly Services Malaysia.

IT stands as one of the highest-paid industries with programme directors as well as chief technology officers and chief information officers of 12-18 years having an earning capacity between RM22,000 and RM35,000 monthly.

Project directors, sales directors, and service delivery directors in the IT industry of the same experience level stand to earn anywhere between RM16,000 and RM25,000.

Engineering is one of the Top Paid Salaries in Malaysia

Another high-paying industry is engineering, with engineering managers of 8-12 years of experience earning a minimum of RM13,000 and a maximum of RM22,000. Utilities managers, another high-paying position can earn a minimum of RM16,000 and a maximum of RM21,000.

Sales and Marketing Professionals are Paid High Salaries in Malaysia

Coming into close competition with the engineering industry is none other than the universal money-making industry themselves. Heads of sales and marketing and sales directors with over 10 years of experience stand to rake in a minimum of RM12,000 and a maximum of RM25,000, while vice presidents of corporate strategy and planning of just seven to 10 years of experience are paid within the same range.

Human Resources (HR) is a Top Paid Position in Malaysia

Those in the Human Resource field also stand to make a rather decent living, with HR directors of over 15 years of experience having an earning capacity between RM15,000 to RM30,000. Senior HR managers of seven to 10 years of experience may earn anywhere between RM8,000 and RM18,000, while senior recruitment managers of the same experience can earn anywhere between RM10,000 and RM15,000 per month.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Even Warren Buffett got hurt by oil prices By Jason Hall

Even Warren Buffett got hurt by oil prices

December 12, 2014: 10:09 AM ET

NEW YORK

Is Buffett ready to move on from his biggest "mistake" stock?


Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) CEO Warren Buffett has established himself as one of the greatest investors and capitalists of our time. His every move and word is noted and analyzed, and for good reason: People can learn a lot about successful long-term investing through him.

 However, even the Oracle of Omaha has made his share of mistakes, and we can learn from those, too. According to the company's most recent 13-F filing, which discloses its positions in public companies at the end of each quarter, Buffett sold more shares of a company that he's been gradually selling out of since 2009. Let's take a closer look at this Berkshire holding. Chances are there's something we can all learn from the story.

Buffett's big mistake: Back in 2008, Buffett invested billions of dollars into major oil company ConocoPhillips. (COP) At the time, oil was at all-time high prices, and the world was at the doorstep of a major economic crisis. Here's how Buffett himself described his decision in his 2008 letter to shareholders:

"Last year I made a major mistake of commission (and maybe more; this one sticks out). Without urging from Charlie [Munger] or anyone else, I bought a large amount of ConocoPhillips stock when oil and gas prices were near their peak. I in no way anticipated the dramatic fall in energy prices that occurred in the last half of the year. I still believe the odds are good that oil sells far higher in the future than the current $40-$50 price. But so far I have been dead wrong. Even if prices should rise, moreover, the terrible timing of my purchase has cost Berkshire several billion dollars."

Here's what ConocoPhillips' stock has done since the quarter Buffett made the big buy:

Conoco Phillips



We are talking about five and a half years to recover, and at this stage, Berkshire's holding in ConocoPhillips has fallen to only 472,000 shares from nearly 85 million at the peak in 2008. In all, Buffett invested more than $7 billion in the company, and he had sold almost half of that stake at a major loss by 2010.

Related: Why Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos Embraces Failure

Today's ConocoPhillips is a different company: Berkshire did get some additional value from Buffett's investment. In 2012, ConocoPhillips spun Phillips 66 (PSX) out in a tax-free spinoff, and Berkshire ended up with more than 27 million shares of the midstream and petrochemicals giant.

Just last year, Buffett was able to work some more of his magic with those shares, trading around $1.4 billion worth of them back to Phillips 66 in exchange for Phillips Specialty Products, which Berkshire could then pair with its own chemical business, Lubrizol.

The beauty of this transaction? Because it was an asset swap, it was tax-free for Berkshire, which would have paid hefty capital gains had it sold those Phillips 66 shares on the open market.

Related: Social Security: 3 Things to Know Before Taking Benefits Early

As for ConocoPhillips, Buffett invested in a fully integrated major oil company, while the spinoff turned it into an exploration and production company. Frankly, this major transition of the business is likely one of the major reasons behind Buffett's years-long process of reducing Berkshire's holdings in the company. It's no longer the company he bought.

The most important lesson here? Even though the ConocoPhillips investment turned out to be a disaster for Berkshire, and I think Buffett will fully exit the investment in 2015, it's just a drop in the bucket that is the Berkshire portfolio. As of the most recent 13-F, the company held more than $107 billion in stocks, and the largest holdings are diversified across the financial, consumer goods, and tech sectors.

The company's largest exposure to an oil company is ExxonMobil (XOM), which is now down about 13% for the year. It's the largest of the integrated major energy companies and, by most accounts, the best-run and most conservative with its capital. ExxonMobil makes up about 3.5% of the Berkshire stock portfolio.

oil price drop



The point? Billion-dollar mistakes sound big, but it's all about the percentages. Berkshire's portfolio is fairly concentrated, with about 83% invested in the 10 largest holdings, but it's also a portfolio that gets new money on a regular basis.

Related: 10 Investment Lessons That Have Stood the Test of Time

Lessons learned:

The first lesson is that no investor is infallible -- we all make mistakes. There are two things that separate the best investors from the average:

Do you learn from your mistakes and those of others?

Do you focus on a workable investing process or get caught up in the short-term results?

Buffett didn't let a billion-dollar mistake cause him to change a process that has proved effective for decades of market-crushing returns. If you're going to follow Buffett, don't mimic his moves. Develop a long-term process that's focused on finding great companies. You'll buy your share of flubs like ConocoPhillips in 2008, but getting a 10-bagger, like American Express (AXP) has been for Berkshire, will cover up plenty of mistakes.

Jason Hall has written for The Motley Fool since 2012.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WHY STOCKS GO DOWN

 

from http://www.fool.com

Why Stocks Go Down

  • profits slipping, sales slipping
  • top executives leave the company
  • a famous investor sells shares of the company
  • an analyst downgrades his recommendation of the stock, maybe from "buy" to "hold"
  • the company loses a major customer
  • lots of people are selling shares
  • a factory burns down
  • other stocks in the same industry go down
  • another company introduces a better product
  • there's a supply shortage, so not enough of the product can be made
  • a big lawsuit is filed against the company
  • scientists discover the product is not safe
  • fewer people are buying the product
  • the industry used to be "hot," but now another industry is more popular
  • some new law might hurt sales or profits
  • a powerful company enters the business
  • rumors
  • no reason at all

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A greatly disppointing Quarter from Kenanga

3QCY14 Results Review
A Greatly Disappointing Quarter
By Chan Ken Yew / kychan@kenanga.com.my
The FBMKLCI fell ≈50 points to retest its recent low of ≈1,765 yesterday after the just concluded corporate results season. While we have no doubt that this latest string of quarterly results showed great disappointment across the board, we also believe other unfavourable external factors such as:  sharp decline in crude oil prices, (ii) lacklustre CPO prices, and (iii) rapid weakening in Ringgit, were also the complicit culprits.
During the quarter, we saw the highest number of companies so far under our coverage delivering results,which were below expectations, amounting to 40% of the stocks under our coverage universe. Transportation & Logistics, Consumer MLM, Consumer Retail, Oil & Gas, Plantations, Gloves and Aviation saw significant downgrades (>5%) in our current financial year’s earnings estimates.
Consequently, our FY14E-FY15F core net profit growth estimates for FBMKLCI were revised to 1.4%-4.8%(from 4.9%-11.3% previously). In tandem with the weaker results and less bullish earnings growth prospect,our end-2015 Index Target has also been revised lower to 1,950 (from 1,980 previously) while end-2014 Index Target was lowered to 1,870 (from 1,910 previously). At 1,870, the FBMKLCI is expected to trade at 21.1x FY15PER while it is valued at 20.5x FY16 PER should we peg our index target at 1,950.
As market sentiment has turned weaker, we reckon investors should lower their “Buy On Weakness” (B.O.W.)zone to 1,775/60, representing c.8.5% discount to Consensus Index Target of 1,925/40.
Note that this support zone represents -1SD-level below the 5-year average discount of 5.5%. This support zone has proven resilient during the recent market selldown.
While we like construction and building materials as well as export-orientated sectors to leverage on the domestic economic growth, we prefer heavily sold down Oil & Gas stocks to capitalise on the recent sharpbdecline in their stock prices, as we believe certain Oil & Gas stocks still offer good bottom-fishingopportunities as values have started to emerge (even after earnings downgrades). We like (i) DAYANG (OP,TP: RM3.40), (ii) BARAKAH (OP, TP: RM1.62), (iii) PERDANA (OP, TP: RM1.61) and SKPETRO (OP, TP: RM4.24)to a certain extent. On the flip side, AIRASIA (OP, TP: RM2.802) could be a natural hedge against oil priceweakness.

For conservative investors, they may consider resilient sectors such as Telco, Power and Water
Utilities. Our OUTPERFORM calls in these sectors are PESTECH (TP: RM4.36), TENAGA (TP: RM14.65),YTLPOWR (TP: RM1.70) and PUNCAK (TP: RM3.99)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Strong upside potential seen for Mah Sing

Strong upside potential seen for Mah Sing
http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2014/11/29/Strong-upside-potential-seen-for-Mah-Sing/?style=biz
 
PETALING JAYA: Mah Sing Group Bhd is known for its quick turnaround business model, tending to unlock the value of its land-bank quicker with an estimated project timeline of six to eight years, said Credit Suisse Securities Research.
 
Credit Suisse, which has given Mah Sing an “outperform” rating with a target price of RM2.90, said this had enabled the company to achieve higher property sales relative to its landbank size.
 
It added that the price points and concepts in Mah Sing’s product mix were one of the most resilient in the current market environment.
 
The target price of RM2.90 values the stock at 10.5 times its projected earnings in 2015 and is at a discount to its revised net asset value (RNAV) of RM3.36.
 
Shares of Mah Sing closed three sen up to RM2.33 yesterday.
 
“We expect net profit to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20% driven by record high unbilled sales of RM4.4bil,” Credit Suisse said. It added that despite the strong growth in sales and net profits, rising 4.9 times and 3.7 times respectively, Mah Sing’s market capitalisation growth continued to lag, rising at slow rate of 2.7 times since 2009.
 
“Its peers have seen market capitalisation moved more closely in tandem with the growth in sales and net profits,’’ Credit Suisse noted.
 
Credit Suisse said Mah Sing property sales have tripled since 2007, growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27%.
 
Assuming Mah Sing’s market capitalisation was to grow at the same pace as its net profits, it would imply a price of RM3.20, based on Credit Suisse’s calculations.
 
“If the stock grew at the same pace as its growth in property sales, this would imply a share price of RM4.23,” it added.


Friday, November 21, 2014

MALAYSIA'S 10 HIGHEST PAYING JOBS!!! from Iris lee

Malaysia’s 10 highest paying jobs



By: Iris Lee, Malaysia
Published: 4 hours 33 min ago
Malaysia – I always wanted to be pilot when I was a kid, and after seeing this list, I regret not pursuing my dream.
   
If you are rethinking your career, here is where the big bucks are according to SalaryExplorer.com.
1) Pilot
A pilot earns RM35,000 on average per month, on top of travelling around the world.


2) Senior accountant
You probably spend the extra off-work hours crunching numbers to manage your huge paycheck of RM30,000 a month.

 
3) Materials engineer
A materials engineer earns about RM28,000 a month. That’s a lot for just testing materials used to create products.

 
4) Government affairs director
Being in the public sector not only gives you great benefits, but also a high salary at RM27,000 a month.

5) Team Leader in oil & gas, energy or mining industry
You will be compensated for being in a high-risk job, with team leaders in these industries earning about RM26,500 a month.

6) Recruiting manager
Bring in human resources, particularly in recruiting, can rake in the big bucks. The average pay for a recruiting manager stands at around RM25,500 a month.










7) Regional manager in banking
The banking industry has always been known for its perks. A regional manager for any bank in Malaysia can earn an average of RM25,000 a month.
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8) Chief operating officer
A COO of a company earns an average of RM24,722 a month.
9) Regional director
Being the regional director is the next best thing after COO, as this position rakes in about RM24,583 a month.
10) Geotechnical engineer
And last but not least, traipsing around in dirt as a geotechnical engineer brings in about RM22,833 a month.
The list above is generated through information submitted by SalaryExplorer.com users and also a database of salary information gathered from requirement agencies, companies and employers.
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