READY FOR A NEW CENTURY?
InvestAsian has helped thousands of people grow their wealth and diversify their assets into the world’s most dynamic region.
We make it easy to prepare your property and stock portfolio for the 21st century.
Thanks for visiting InvestAsian. My name is Reid Kirchenbauer and I started this website back in 2013.
I’ve spent half of my life living and investing in Asia. Graduating from one of the region’s top universities, I learned several languages, bought over a dozen properties, and started a successful property 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 backwards.
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 goal is to help investors around the world profit from this dynamic region – no matter where they live.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the 1990s compared with today. Urban transformations such as this are happening all over 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 clients find unique investment opportunities they never would have otherwise.
DISCOVER NEW FRONTIERS
Uncorrelated, Undiscovered, High-Growth Markets
InvestAsian focuses on frontier markets. We think they’re the among the best countries in the world for globally-minded investors. But why?
Nations are broken down into one of three different categories based on their stage of development.
Developed markets, including the United States and Australia, are often the weakest economically. Their population growth is tepid or even negative. Such markets are highly regulated while large multinational firms already exist in any sector you could possibly think of.
Emerging markets, like Thailand and Malaysia, go through change at a much faster pace. Manufacturing is usually a big part of these economies. Foreign investment is peaking and local firms are just starting to expand internationally, finding their own opportunities abroad.
Beyond them are frontier markets: countries like Myanmar and Cambodia. These are the places where rapid growth and high potential for investment returns have only recently started.
A middle class is just now beginning to form in frontier markets which makes them perfect for long-term investors. Furthermore, strong demographic trends mean their economies are driven by internal growth factors moreso than global economic whims.
The types of businesses that you may take for granted in your home country, such as convenience store chains and drive-thru restaurants, might not even exist yet. Frontier markets are great for entrepreneurs and companies because of this.
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.
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. McDonald’s, 7-Eleven and Walmart can be 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 can be exceptions to this rule. They don’t rely on foreign capital from Starbucks since Starbucks isn’t 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. And you’re making a highly uncorrelated investment either way.
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.
Plus, most people don’t want to live in Myanmar and spend valuable time figuring everything out on their own.
The “catch” of investing in frontier markets is simply a matter of research and correct implementation. It needs to be done correctly.
That’s the reason why InvestAsian exists. We see great potential across Asia’s frontier markets and spent over a decade learning how to profit from such opportunities.
EXPAND YOUR PORTFOLIO
Achieve Total 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 he buys a basket of a hundred stocks, spread across all industries… and all of them are listed on the Argentine stock exchange.
This person believes he’s protected because he owns many different equities. However, throughout the next fifteen years, the Argentine peso’s value crashes by over 3000%
His portfolio is a victim of sovereign risk since he only invested at home. If only he had diversified outside of Argentina?
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 including Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia are great places to diversify outside the mainstream. Frontier economies benefit from high-returns fueled by natural growth factors such as population growth and urbanization.
Would you like to reduce risk while increasing your performance at the same time? Buying property and stocks in Asia is a great way to accomplish both those goals.