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PROPERTY INVESTMENT

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Japan Real Estate

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Japan Real Estate

 Last updated February 10th, 2024.   We at InvestAsian have long held a fascination with Japan, from its culture, people, and food. Naturally, that fascination extends to the Japanese real estate market. We're not the only ones! Millions of foreign tourists visit...

Taiwan Real Estate: Asia’s Most Overpriced?

Taiwan Real Estate: Asia’s Most Overpriced?

Last updated January 14th, 2024. To be frank: buying property in Taiwan isn't a good way to make returns at all. Either way, we'll still talk about the real estate market here in Taipei and elsewhere in Taiwan. Hopefully it serves as a solid example of somewhere you...

The Five Best Countries to Invest in 2024

The Five Best Countries to Invest in 2024

The past several years have been full of surprises, and for anyone looking to invest in 2024, this one will likely be no different. With ongoing geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty, it's crucial for investors to carefully consider where to deploy capital...

Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Qatar

Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Qatar

Like moths to a flame, foreigners are flocking to the Gulf region seeking profits from high oil prices and migration from further north. Yet while some countries in the region have solid overall prospects, investing in Qatar should be avoided. As a major host of the...

ECONOMIC NEWS

Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Qatar

Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Qatar

Like moths to a flame, foreigners are flocking to the Gulf region seeking profits from high oil prices and migration from further north. Yet while some countries in the region have solid overall prospects, investing in Qatar should be avoided. As a major host of the...

FRONTIER MARKETS

Why Tech Startups in Vietnam Are Booming

Why Tech Startups in Vietnam Are Booming

Last updated July 21st, 2023.   Startups in Vietnam have access to all the conditions required to hatch multi-million dollar tech firms. Having attracted a rising large amount of foreign investment from global players, Vietnam and its startup scene deserves far...

Why Frontier Economies Will Outperform in the 2020s

Why Frontier Economies Will Outperform in the 2020s

Last updated September 16th, 2023.   Frontier economies will outpace developed economies in the 2020s because of a simple mathematical truth. 1+1 equals 2, which is a 100% increase. Meanwhile, 100+1 equals 101, and that’s merely a 1% increase. In other words, a...

STOCK MARKET

Top 3 Dividend Stocks in Singapore

Top 3 Dividend Stocks in Singapore

Traders often prefer stocks that yield high dividend payouts because of their stable cash flow. As arguably the most stable country in Asia, Singapore's top dividend stocks may be a wise purchase for the conservative investor. Singapore offers traders a type of safety...

Buying REITs in Asia: Here’s How to Start

Buying REITs in Asia: Here’s How to Start

Last updated September 22nd, 2023.   REITs in Asia are diversed. These funds invest in a wide range of property from multibillion dollar commercial malls in city center locations, to logistics warehouses in emerging markets. There’s an old investing maxim that...

Buying Stocks in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Buying Stocks in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated September 4th, 2023.   Buying stocks in Asia is a superb way to enhance your portfolio. The continent hosts over three dozen equity exchanges and a diverse range of different countries, from fully developed economies to frontier markets. Asia is the...

Buying Stocks in Singapore: A Foreigner’s Guide

Buying Stocks in Singapore: A Foreigner’s Guide

Last updated December 23rd, 2023.   Singapore is a small country sizewise. "How small?" one may ask, and the answer is small enough only to be shown as a red dot on most maps. Yet this tiny red dot has repeatedly proven they can achieve almost anything. Singapore...

Myanmar Stock Exchange: Is it Failing?

Myanmar Stock Exchange: Is it Failing?

Myanmar has shown rapid improvement and modernization in the past couple of years. Steps the Southeast Asian country recently took include changing to an elected (albeit highly flawed) government and bringing in record foreign investment numbers. Back in 2015, Myanmar...

ASIAN CURRENCIES

The 3 Worst Currencies in Asia: Don’t Buy These

The 3 Worst Currencies in Asia: Don’t Buy These

Last updated November 24th, 2023.   Diversifying your portfolio into different currencies is a great way to limit reliance on a single country's financial system. Currencies in Asia, of which there are over fifty, can be ranked on a scale from "very stable" to...

Chinese Yuan’s Future: Will it Rise or Fall?

Chinese Yuan’s Future: Will it Rise or Fall?

China has transformed into one of the world’s strongest economic powers over the past few decades. As a result, its Yuan quickly became one of the most prominent global currencies. The Chinese Yuan's use is now widespread from London to Singapore. Estimates rank it as...

Why the Singapore Dollar is Undervalued

Why the Singapore Dollar is Undervalued

Last updated March 11th, 2019. Asian currencies, with the exception of a rare few, suffered major depreciation over the past few years. The decline was broad-based with almost every currency in the region falling by at least 10% against the U.S. dollar and other major...

3 Currencies in Asia That Will Make a Comeback

3 Currencies in Asia That Will Make a Comeback

Last updated September 6th, 2019.   Practically every single currency in the world has depreciated against the US Dollar since 2016. Some rare exceptions, such as the Swiss Franc, have outperformed the greenback. Not many can boast a stronger performance than the...

PROPERTY DEVELOPERS

Top 10 China Property Developers: A Complete Guide

Top 10 China Property Developers: A Complete Guide

Last updated January 14th, 2024. China is Asia’s quintessential success story. Since the 1980s, the country has transformed into an economic powerhouse. And Chinese property developers have certainly helped fuel nation's rapid change. The Chinese construction boom has...

COUNTRY GUIDES

Investing in Philippines Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Philippines Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated February 5th, 2024. Making a real estate investment in the Philippines is a bet on economic and demographic trends. Not only is the Philippines being Southeast Asia's second most populous country with over 100 million people - it's also among the region's...

Investing in Oman: A Complete Guide

Investing in Oman: A Complete Guide

Known for its political stability and forward-thinking legislation (particularly towards crypto), investing in Oman is an alluring prospect if you’re looking to venture into the Arabian Peninsula. Today, Oman's economy draws investors with promises of stability, a...

Investing in Cyprus: A Complete Guide

Investing in Cyprus: A Complete Guide

By investing in Cyprus, you'll have access to the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa. Geographically part of the Asian continent, but also an EU member, Cyprus' unique spot on the map helps it serve as a bridge between regions. Combined with an attractive business...

Investing in the Maldives: A Complete Guide

Investing in the Maldives: A Complete Guide

If you're looking to invest in the Maldives, there are great opportunities in some sectors... but you'll first have to deal with the elephant in the room. Making an investment in the Maldives as a foreigner isn't always easy. You'd perhaps be better off in Southeast...

Investing in Nepal: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Nepal: The Ultimate Guide

Nepal is a landlocked, high-altitude country situated between China and India. Yet despite its position alongside two superpowers, Nepal remains a developing economy with about 45% of its population living on under $3 per day. Let's be clear: Nepal isn't an easy place...

Investing in Bahrain: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Bahrain: The Ultimate Guide

Bahrain is an island nation at the south end of the Arabian Gulf. Steeped in history and with an undeniably pro-business approach, global investors have had their eyes on this pint-sized powerhouse for awhile. Today, as one of the Gulf region's most established...

OFFSHORE BANKING

The Best Banks in Hong Kong for 2024

The Best Banks in Hong Kong for 2024

  Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most important financial centers. As a gateway between China and the rest of the world, there are dozens of banks in Hong Kong. Naturally, some of them are better than others. By opening a bank account in Hong Kong, you’ll have...

The 10 Best Banks in Thailand for 2024

The 10 Best Banks in Thailand for 2024

Last updated December 2nd, 2023. Thailand's capital city of Bangkok is one of the most heavily visited city on the planet. It's natural that many people decide to stay here longer than a few weeks and open a bank account to make their life easier. Thailand's financial...

The 11 Best Banks in Qatar for 2024

The 11 Best Banks in Qatar for 2024

Last updated January 17th, 2024. The Qatari banking system is one of the world's most advanced and highly developed. With the Gulf state's continuously growing wealth, more people want to live and invest in Qatar than ever before. Yet foreign expats sometimes miss...

9 Countries Without Income Tax

9 Countries Without Income Tax

Income tax is a major source of revenue for governments around the world. However, there are some countries in Asia that have chosen to do away with income tax altogether. You might ask, how could a country possibly afford to not have any income tax? Well, in many...

Top 10 Safest Banks in Asia

Top 10 Safest Banks in Asia

Last updated January 11th, 2024. Banks in Asia are ranked among the world's safest. In fact, they're far better-capitalized than their counterparts in the US. Yet this wasn't always true. Not long ago, Switzerland and Liechtenstein were considered the "gold standard"...

How to Open a Singapore Bank Account as a Foreigner

How to Open a Singapore Bank Account as a Foreigner

Last updated February 20th, 2024. Despite a small population of six million, Singapore acts as Southeast Asia’s main financial center. The city-state developed rapidly in the early 2000s, and today, it ranks among the world’s top banking hubs. Singapore continues...

LIFESTYLE

Retire in Thailand: The Complete Guide

Retire in Thailand: The Complete Guide

Making the choice to retire in Thailand has become increasingly popular for those looking to enjoy a high quality of life in a beautiful tropical setting. With its stunning beaches, ancient temples, friendly locals, low cost of living and excellent healthcare,...

South Korean Citizenship and Residence: The Complete Guide

South Korean Citizenship and Residence: The Complete Guide

South Korea enjoys one of the best passports in Asia. If you're living and doing business here on a long-term basis, it's worth thinking about becoming a citizen. The Korean passport has visa-free access to 192 different countries as of 2024, thus easily ranking it...

Thailand Long Term Resident (LTR) Visa: The Full Guide

Thailand Long Term Resident (LTR) Visa: The Full Guide

The Thailand Long Term Resident (LTR) visa is an attractive option for foreigners looking to live in the “Land of Smiles” long-term. Between the pristine beaches of Phuket and the skyscrapers of Bangkok, Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world....

Living in Dubai: The Full Expat Guide

Living in Dubai: The Full Expat Guide

The history of Dubai is a tale of transformation. Once a sleepy fishing village, it’s now one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Discovery of oil in the 60s fueled its rapid development, but the city has since diversified into tourism, real estate, and...

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