People sometimes ask why I started a firm solely dedicated to investing in Asia. After all, why is it necessarily better to invest in Asia than elsewhere? Why shouldn’t there be an “InvestEuropean” if there’s an “InvestAsian”?
I packed my bags and moved to Asia practically the day after I graduated high school. This is because I saw most of the world’s growth coming from this region.
As a continent, Asia’s economic growth has averaged higher than any other for the past 30 years. There’s nowhere else with a population as dense and rapidly growing.
Below are just a few of the reasons why you’re reading “InvestAsian”. Not “InvestAfrican” or “InvestSouthAmerican”.
Invest in Asia, Invest in the World
First, I should define “Asia”. I’m talking about a broad definition – not just East and Southeast Asia. The continent includes India, the Middle East, most of the former Soviet Union and Turkey, among other places.
Asia is the most populous region by far with over 4.4 billion people. In fact, a greater number of people live in Asia than outside of Asia. The world’s population is less than 8 billion.
In other words, Asia is most of the world as humans know it. By investing in Asia, you’re investing in the bulk of humanity.
“That’s fine, but how does having a lot of people help Asia’s growth?” you might ask. At first glance, having a higher population isn’t necessarily a boon for investment.
But it helps a lot. Countries like China, India, and Indonesia have massive populations. Even places like Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines are no slouches.
Having large market sizes mean international firms want to expand into them first. After all, why spend time selling to 5 million people in Costa Rica when you can sell to 70 million in Thailand?
Foreign businesses are simply more interested in Asia because of its larger size and influence, leading to higher growth. Global investment from other regions has jumpstarted Asia’s bigger economies.
In turn, smaller countries in Asia benefit from the larger country’s investment. Normally, places like Cambodia or Mongolia might be ignored – if it weren’t for the behemoths nearby.
The large amount of tourists and investment coming from China and India has helped their smaller neighbors. Large, growing countries in Asia aid the smaller ones by generating a demand for industry and services which otherwise wouldn’t exist.
Simply put, Asia is helped by its size and density.
Asia Has Anything You Want
You have a wider range of investment options in Asia. Its economies have a type of diversity which can’t be found elsewhere.
For example, you don’t have access to some types of markets if you’re investing in Africa or South America. There’s no developed nations on these continents which compare to places like Japan, Hong Kong, or Singapore.
Africa has lots of frontier markets, a few emerging markets, but no developed countries. Developed economies are important in a region because they help feed investment, infrastructure, and employment opportunities into their neighbors.
Similarly, there’s almost no frontier markets to be found in Europe or North America.
Asia is the only continent where you can find markets of all types. Their strengths complement each other, developed financial hubs side-by-side with more populous, less-costly, faster-growing economies.
Furthermore, the infrastructure which allows investment is better in Asia. Property funds, private placements, mutual funds, crowdfunding, and other assets are harder to find in South America, for example, when compared to Asia.
To summarize, it’s not just easier to invest in Asia. There’s also better options, greater opportunity, and more catalysts for higher growth.
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