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ABOUT INVESTASIAN

Reid-Kirchenbauer

My name is Reid Kirchenbauer and I started this company back in 2013. I’ve spent half my life in Asia. Soon after graduating from one of the region’s top universities, I learned several languages, bought over a dozen properties, and started a successful real estate fund by the time I reached my mid-20s.

Asia will be the main driver of growth in the 21st century. Throughout my time here, I have seen firsthand the dramatic rise of an affluent class that didn’t even exist a few decades ago.

The streets are filled with economic activity. Unemployment is low, demographic trends are strong, and the future looks bright across much of Asia.

Similarly, governments in the region are opening up and taking personal freedom more seriously. They’re friendly to foreign investors while a lot of the western world continues moving backward.

Our future will be dominated by the rise of china and India. Increasingly, some of Asia’s frontier markets such as Cambodia and Mongolia will lead as global manufacturing and export hubs.

Lots of promising countries are overlooked by investors. After all, few people talk about buying property in Vietnam or trading stocks in the Philippines.

But that’s precisely why these places have incredible opportunities. Lack of knowledge about investing in Asia combined with entry and language barriers means there are tons of undiscovered gems.

It’s also why I started InvestAsian. Our company’s goal? Helping investors around the world profit from this dynamic region – no matter where they live.

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Look at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the 1990s compared with today. Urban transformations such as this are happening all over developing Asia.

You may have already done research on investing in Asia. But I’m here to tell you that most of the info online is written by expats who are illiterate in the local language and have no clue what they’re doing.

Investasian is unique because of our analysts, contacts, and translators based across Asia. Together, our staff speaks nine languages and shares a vast array of experience.

That gives our clients the best results possible. For example, you would have a hard time assessing the Thai stock market if you only speak English.

Investasian has local experts on the ground who are always searching, networking, and helping our clients find investment opportunities that they never would have otherwise.

FRONTIER MARKET ASSETS

Buy Property and Trade Stocks in High-Growth Markets

InvestAsian focuses on frontier markets. These are among the best nations in the world for a globally-minded investor. But why are frontier markets a good asset class?

Economically, we can break down a country into one of three different categories based on its stage of development.

Developed markets which include Australia, japan, hong kong, and most places in western Europe, are perhaps the weakest economically. Their population growth is tepid or even negative. Such markets are strictly regulated while multinational firms are already operating in any sector worth doing business in.

Emerging markets, like Malaysia and China, go through change at a quicker pace. Manufacturing is usually a big part of their economies. Foreign investment is peaking and local firms are beginning to expand internationally, in an attempt to find their own opportunities in less-developed nations.

Beyond them are frontier markets: countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Frontier markets are the places where rapid growth and potential for high investment returns have recently begun.

A middle class is only now beginning to form in frontier markets, making them perfect as a longer-term investment. Furthermore, stronger demographic trends mean their economies are propelled by internal growth factors more than the global financial system and its whims.

The kind of companies that you probably take for granted in your home countries, such as convenience store branches and pharmacy chains, often don’t exist yet. Frontier markets are great for entrepreneurs because of this.

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Up until 2018, Cambodia didn’t even have a global convenience store chain. Circle k recently entered the market, doesn’t have any real competition, and is reaping the rewards in 2022.

Frontier markets are also far less correlated with major economies like Europe and the united states. In fact, some of them skipped the past three global recessions.

Vietnam and Cambodia, for example, haven’t had a recession in over 25 years. They skipped the Asian financial crisis during the 1990s, missed the tech bubble of the early 2000s, and outgrew the recent 2008 global recession.

Today, the world’s economies depend on each other. Multinational firms including McDonald’s and IKEA are found almost anywhere on the planet. Because of this, all the developed and emerging markets get sick when the united states, Europe, or china do.

Frontier markets are often exceptions to this rule. They don’t rely on foreign investment from Starbucks since they don’t even do business in the country yet!

A truly recession-proof economy doesn’t exist, of course. “past performance is not a guarantee of future results” and anything could happen. Regardless, a good frontier market is about as close as you can get.

Plus, either way, you’re making an investment that is uniquely uncorrelated with the global financial system.

In short, frontier markets have a very rare combination of risk and return. They’re not only growing three times faster than your country is but they probably won’t be included in the next global recession either. There’s one minor downside though…

Investing in frontier markets usually isn’t easy. It’s the main reason why these places aren’t swarmed with people scooping up assets already.

You’ll encounter lots of entry barriers. These could be language barriers, cultural barriers, or ones set up by the government. Tasks such as opening a Vietnam brokerage account are difficult, let alone finding an honest real estate agent in Myanmar or researching stocks in the Philippines.

Additionally, most foreign investors don’t want to live in Indonesia or Cambodia, spending their precious time figuring out how to invest in these high-growth markets by themselves.

This is the reason why InvestAsian exists. There’s great potential across Asia’s emerging economies, and we’ve spent more than a decade learning how to invest in them.

ENHANCE YOUR PORTFOLIO

Gain Maximum Diversification

Diversification is key to preserving your wealth. This is common knowledge, and any experienced investor knows this.

Not a single investment advisor would suggest putting your whole net worth into two or three different assets. That would be extremely risky, and you would lose a significant part of your portfolio if one of the investments didn’t work out.

Unfortunately, most people still invest the vast majority of their portfolio into their “home country”. They don’t yet realize that the same concept of diversification applies to investing across countries – not merely across different stocks and sectors.

Imagine this: an Argentinian investor in 2005 wants a diverse portfolio. So they buy a basket of a hundred equities, spread evenly across all industries…

…and every single one of them is listed on the Argentinian stock exchange.

Our investor falsely believes they’re protected because their portfolio consists of many different equities, diversified across all sectors. However, during the next fifteen years, the argentine peso’s value crashes by over 3000%

So, this hypothetical investor (in reality, thousands of people in this precise situation exist) is a victim of sovereign risk since they only owned stocks at home. If only they had diversified internationally.

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The Argentine peso lost over thirty times its value between 2005 and 2021. Meanwhile, our hypothetical investor’s portfolio is now worth 3¢ on the dollar.

This exact scenario could repeat itself anywhere – even in developed markets. Each and every country in the world has its own unique risks, from potential currency and economic crises to the possibility of war and natural disasters.

InvestAsian was founded on the belief that spreading your portfolio across the world isn’t “unpatriotic”, nor does it have to be a risky endeavor. Total diversification isn’t dangerous. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Real estate and stocks in developed markets like Singapore and Hong Kong are safe and boast a multi-decade history of strong returns. Currencies such as the Singapore dollar and Thai baht are among the world’s top performing over the past decade.

Meanwhile, frontier markets like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia are great places to diversify outside the mainstream. Frontier economies benefit from high returns fueled by natural growth factors including their low average age and rising urbanization rate.

Want to reduce risk while increasing your performance at the same time? Buying real estate and stocks in Asia is a great way to accomplish both those goals.

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