Believe it or not, opening a brokerage account in the United States is one of the best ways to gain access to many different stocks throughout Asia, as well as the world.

The NASDAQ Stock Market has the highest concentration of Asian equities outside of the continent itself, with 197 different stocks from China, Japan, India, the Philippines and several more. There are also international listings on the New York Stock Exchange; but less than on the NASDAQ.

In fact, some companies that are headquartered in Asia do not even list on the market in their country, but choose to list on the NASDAQ instead. For example, certain major Chinese companies such as Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) and Home Inns (NASDAQ: HMIN) have yet to be listed on any other stock exchange closer to home.

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Baidu, the largest search engine in China, is only listed on the NYSE.

 

Besides that, the U.S. has a large amount of diversity in their offering of exchange traded funds (ETFs). You may choose to invest in diversified funds that are made up of stocks from individual countries such as Malaysia (NYSEARCA: EWM) and Hong Kong (NYSEARCA: EWH). Some ETFs are even leveraged, and some short stocks. One that happens to do both is ProShares UltraShort MSCI Japan (NYSEARCA: EWV) which shorts Japanese equities with a 2x leverage.

Of course, opening a U.S. brokerage account also gives you access to American stocks, as well as many throughout the world in places such as Europe and South America. This is definitely worth taking into consideration for those looking to diversify outside Asia.

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