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PROPERTY INVESTMENT

Buying a Condo in Dubai: The Ultimate Guide

Buying a Condo in Dubai: The Ultimate Guide

Why would you buy a condo in Dubai? If you're looking to live or invest in a vibrant city with low taxes, extraordinary future prospects, and high quality standards, those are just a few reasons. Dubai is rather welcoming to foreigners who want to buy property or...

Don’t Invest in Myanmar: Here’s Why

Don’t Invest in Myanmar: Here’s Why

Update for 2022: Some Burmese readers were upset at time, but we’re happy to have advised that investing in Myanmar was a bad idea years before the fact became obvious. This article was originally published back in 2017, and you can read our unaltered predictions from...

Real Estate Agents in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Real Estate Agents in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated August 26th, 2022.   For the last few decades, Asia has experienced one of the most powerful economic booms in history. Property prices, and as a result the prominence of real estate agents, have grown in alongside the region's investment prospects...

This is Why You Shouldn’t Buy Property in Seoul

This is Why You Shouldn’t Buy Property in Seoul

Asian property markets are excellent places to seek value and long-term capital appreciation. Yet certain parts of the region are ill-suited to foreign real estate investors who wish to diversify their portfolio. Seoul, South Korea is among these cities which are best...

Best Countries to Invest in 2022

Best Countries to Invest in 2022

Thinking globally about your investments is a good idea this year. The best country to invest in 2022 probably isn’t where you happen to live. In fact, the top performing stocks and real estate investments this year even be on the other side of the world from your...

ECONOMIC NEWS

How to Invest for Inflation: Protect Your Portfolio

How to Invest for Inflation: Protect Your Portfolio

Last updated October 25th, 2022.   A metaphorically infinite number of dollars is chasing a limited number of goods. The result? INFLATION! There’s no ignoring the elephant in the room – it’s gotten so large that there’s barely any room left. Open any financial...

ASEAN vs. China: Battle to Attract Foreign Investment

ASEAN vs. China: Battle to Attract Foreign Investment

Last updated October 1st, 2022.   In the battle of ASEAN vs. China, tides have turned and Southeast Asia is on top regarding its ability to attract foreign investment... for now. The ASEAN region, for anyone who doesn't know, is an economic bloc composed of ten...

Great Lockdown: Why Southeast Asia Will Outperform

Great Lockdown: Why Southeast Asia Will Outperform

Since the beginning of 2020, the world economy has been reeling from the onset of a global pandemic, the likes of which has not been seen since the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918. The economic impacts of this event have been dubbed "The Great Lockdown". Western...

China Economic Growth Slows, But They Have a Plan

China Economic Growth Slows, But They Have a Plan

Last updated April 9th, 2022.   Lately, there has been tons of media coverage about an economic slowdown in China. Financial analysts on television talk about about how China growth will soon face a “hard landing” while its economy crashes in the near future. And...

Massive Debt in Thailand Burdens its Economy

Massive Debt in Thailand Burdens its Economy

Rising consumer debt in Thailand is still a major source of risk for the Southeast Asian market, even with GDP growth at its lowest level in nearly a decade. Thai household debt accelerated rapidly between 2010 and 2013, largely because of tax breaks on car and...

FRONTIER MARKETS

Why Tech Startups in Vietnam Are Booming

Why Tech Startups in Vietnam Are Booming

Last updated October 6th, 2022.   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...

This Country Avoided Recession for 30 Years

This Country Avoided Recession for 30 Years

Last updated November 21st, 2022.   Recessions are a fact of life in most countries. They seem to arrive every 7 years or so on average, leaving unemployment and stock market collapses in their wake. Many investors dream of endless growth without worrying about...

Why Frontier Economies Will Outperform in the 2020s

Why Frontier Economies Will Outperform in the 2020s

Last updated October 27th, 2022.   Frontier economies will outpace developed economies in the 2020s because of a simple mathematical truth: 1+1 is 2, and that is a 100% increase; while 100+1 is 101 and that’s merely a 1% increase. In other words, a modest, evenly...

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 October 23rd, 2022.   REITs in Asia are a diverse bunch. 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...

Buying Stocks in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Buying Stocks in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated August 25th, 2022.   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 February 21st, 2022.   On most maps, Singapore is so small that it only shows up as a red dot. But despite its small size, it has gone against all odds - from being exceedingly poor a few decades ago, it is now among the richest territories on Earth....

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...

How to Buy and Trade Stocks in China

How to Buy and Trade Stocks in China

Last updated June 28th, 2022.   You’re able to access a greater number of stock trading opportunities in China than anywhere else in Asia. Indeed, China’s three exchanges host the continent's largest collection of listed companies in terms of market cap. Recent...

ASIAN CURRENCIES

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

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

Last updated May 30th, 2022.   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...

3 Most Stable Currencies in a Recession

3 Most Stable Currencies in a Recession

The world economy is facing uncertain times. Family offices and other large wealth managers are hoarding cash, while governments from China to Switzerland are buying up gold. I’m not necessarily saying that a recession is imminent – nobody can predict the future. But...

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 8 Korea Property Developers: A Complete Guide

Top 8 Korea Property Developers: A Complete Guide

South Korea recently escaped the middle-income trap to join Singapore and Japan as the Asia-Pacific region’s third wealthiest country. As such, Korea property developers benefit from the nation's rising home demand. This puts it in a very select list of top-achieving...

COUNTRY GUIDES

Investing in Thailand Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Thailand Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated September 20th, 2022.   A greater number of foreigners buy property in Thailand than any other country in Asia. There are several reasons why Thailand is the most popular choice among real estate investors worldwide. Located in the heart of Southeast...

Investing in Korea Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Korea Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated November 13th, 2022.   Compared to neighboring Japan, anyone investing in South Korea property saw significantly better performance over the past few decades. South Korea is located in a triangle of the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the Sea of...

Investing in Japan Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Japan Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated November 29th, 2022.   Holding claim to the world’s third largest economy, Japan is one of Asia’s main growth engines. Buying property in Japan means you’re investing in one of the most heavily-urbanized and developed nations on the planet. Japan...

Investing in Indonesia Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Indonesia Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated September 16th, 2022.   Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest and most populous country. Nonetheless, it has stayed off the radar of investors despite strong economic growth combined with an enormous consumer market. The Indonesian economy is also...

Investing in Philippines Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Philippines Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated November 26th, 2022.   Buying Philippines property is a bet on economic and demographic trends. Not only is the Philippines isn't just Southeast Asia’s second most populous country with over 100 million people - it's also among the region's fastest...

Investing in Singapore Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Singapore Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated April 27th, 2022.   Buying property in Singapore means making an investment in Southeast Asia’s de-facto financial center, and one of the world’s wealthiest nations. While the city is among the world’s most expensive, Singapore’s real estate market...

OFFSHORE BANKING

How to Open a Singapore Bank Account as a Foreigner

How to Open a Singapore Bank Account as a Foreigner

Last updated November 30th, 2022.   Despite its 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...

5 Highest Bank Deposit Interest Rates in the World

5 Highest Bank Deposit Interest Rates in the World

Last updated August 4th, 2022.   Bank deposit interest rates across much of the world are at near-zero levels, and have been for a while. Long gone are the days of putting money in your American or European savings account and retiring on the interest generated...

LIFESTYLE

Top 5 Countries to Retire in Asia

Top 5 Countries to Retire in Asia

Last updated October 5th, 2022.   Choosing where you want to spend the rest of your life when you retire can be a tough decision. If you’ve considered retiring in Asia, though, you are already on a great path. This article will help you figure out which country...

RECESSION AVOIDANCE