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FREE Training with Microsoft Virtual Academy [ October 23rd, 2014 ] Posted in » Achievement 2014

There are many opportunities for getting the certification, but some of them can be very expensive. In these current economic times, budget cuts have become the norm, and companies’ training budget is always one of the first things to go. It’s understandable that Microsoft training classes tend to be costly. Therefore, I was trying hard to look for other training options.

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Believe it or not, Microsoft actually offers training through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) for FREE. MVA is a cloud-based training portal. If not mistaken, it was the first put in place to equip IT experts with training on Microsoft’s cloud based technologies. Besides that, you don’t have to meet any criteria to take part in this training. The courses and its vast resources are freely available to anyone!

Once you have registered you can signed into the MVA to make a selection on the technical track. A track can be best described as an area of study. For instance, some of the available tracks are Microsoft Azure Developer Camp: Build a Cloud-Native App, Office 365 for Developer, HTML5.

The other good point is Microsoft does not limit the amount of FREE training that you can attend. You can do it as many as you like. There is also no obligation to complete the track before starting another.

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Mapping A Path to Greater Savings

Whether you are planning a long trip or running errands, perhaps you would like to stop for a break or there are a few interesting scenery views that you would like to see while traveling. With Route4Me’s route planning software, it allows you to key in multiple places and addresses, which will plot the whole route at the most efficient traveling time from location to location for you. Besides that, it will also map out a round trip so you can make a return to where you began.

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This route planner software can also provides you the driving directions to each location that you can easily print and take with you. Or you can download the directions file into your GPS device or other navigation systems that support it, so the route comes up pre-plotted when you connect it into your GPS.

The web interface is pretty simple and straightforward – you just need enter current location and destinations. However, you might have to change them if your addresses provided are not specific enough. The system is not as forgiving as some other mapping tools.

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September 22nd, 2014 | Leave a Comment | 1,200 views

Redeem Public Mutual Fund Online

Redeeming mutual fund is very easy and straightforward nowadays. You can withdraw your mutual funds on any business day without any charges. The unit trust management company will be obliged to purchase them so it comes with high liquidity whereby they can be readily converted into cash anytime.

As a unit holder, you will need to know that the NAV of the working day is applicable till 3pm or 4pm during redemption depending on which market you are dealing with. The value of the redemption will be based on the closing price of the business day in which the redemption request is received. Therefore, if you apply for redemption after 3pm or 4pm, you will receive the NAV of the next day.

Usually, it will take 4-10 working days to transfer the money to your bank account. In case you need money urgently, make sure you initiate the process at the beginning of the week to avoid the gap of a weekend which may cause delay in processing.

If you have a Public Bank account which linked to your Public Mutual Online account, then it’s much convenience for you to purchase, switch, sell back and check your units & value. Recently, I made redemption on the following funds through online:

i. Public China Ittikal Fund
ii. Public Singapore Equity Fund
iii. Public Islamic Asia Leaders Equity Fund
iv. PB Euro Pacific Equity Fund

Step-by-step on How to Withdraw Public Mutual Fund Online

1. Click on the “Make a Request” menu link

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July 10th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | 3,147 views

Calculate Annualised Return Using Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)

Compound Annual Growth Rate measures the yearly compounded rate of investment growth over a period of time. It computes the smoothed rate of investment return for a specified number of years.

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Simply put, if an investment generated a 10% annual compounded return over a 5-year period, it means that the investment had grown 10% per year over each of the 5 years at an even pace to arrive at the final value although the actual growth rate may not equivalent to 10% each year over that 5-year period.

Let’s take an example:

- Revenue grow from RM1000 in one year to RM1500 in the next. How much growth is that?

- And what if sales grow from RM1000 to RM1500 over 3 years. How much growth is that?

Example of Simple Growth Calculation

To calculate simple growth, subtract the final value from the base value and divide the result by the base value. Then, multiply by 100 if you want to show it in %.

(1500-1000) / 1000 = 500 / 1000 = 0.5

((1500-1000) / 1000) * 100 = 50%

Example of Annual Compound Growth Rate (CAGR) Calculation

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July 3rd, 2014 | Leave a Comment | 1,918 views

Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) Rates Increased in Malaysia

As everybody known, the RPGT rates on gains has been raised from disposing of real properties with effect from 1 Jan 2014.


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Under this new property ruling, any gains on properties sold within the period of the first 3 years, the RPGT rate is increased to 30% to individual and companies as well. Those holding within the period of 4 and 5 years, the RPGT rates were increased to 20% and 15% respectively. However, for properties sold in the 6th year or thereafter, no RPGT is imposed on any transactions happen on residential units whereas commercial ones are taxed at 5%.


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For foreigners, the RPGT is imposed at a rate of 30% for properties sold within the holding period of 5 years, and RPGT rate is imposed at 5% for any properties sold in the 6th year and thereafter.

Illustration

Let say Mr. Lee bought a unit of condominium from a property developer on 1st March 2012 at a price of RM 265,000 and sold his property on 1st Jan 2014 at RM 350,000. So, this property is sold within 2 years from the date of purchase.

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June 23rd, 2014 | Leave a Comment | 1,786 views