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PROPERTY INVESTMENT

Penang Real Estate: The Ultimate Guide

Penang Real Estate: The Ultimate Guide

The Penang real estate market has become one of Southeast Asia's most popular choices among foreign home buyers. Known for its luxury condos, Penang is a top destination for investors and retirees alike. If you're researching Penang's housing market, it's important to...

Tbilisi Real Estate: Value in the Caucasus

Tbilisi Real Estate: Value in the Caucasus

We enjoy covering overlooked places to invest like the Tbilisi real estate market. Oftentimes, foreign property buyers have better opportunities in countries such as Georgia that aren't yet swarmed by multinational firms and hordes of tourists yet. Plus, there's...

Philippines House Prices: The Cost of Real Estate

Philippines House Prices: The Cost of Real Estate

The Philippines has become an increasingly popular destination for foreign real estate buyers, thanks to its tropical climate, stunning beaches, and affordable cost of housing. However, navigating the Philippine property market is rather tricky for foreigners who are...

ECONOMIC NEWS

Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Qatar

Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Qatar

Last updated March 31st, 2024. Like moths to a flame, foreigners are flocking to invest in Qatar and elsewhere in the Gulf region. Yet while some places in the region have solid long-term prospects, investment in Qatar should be avoided. Especially the in country's...

This Country Will Have the Youngest Population in Asia

This Country Will Have the Youngest Population in Asia

A detailed report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts the Philippines will soon have the youngest country in Asia. They also suggested the Philippines diversify its economy and enhance work productivity to maintain its status as one of the world's...

ASEAN vs. China: Battle to Attract Foreign Investment

ASEAN vs. China: Battle to Attract Foreign Investment

Last updated August 31st, 2023.   Southeast Asia and China have a long-shared history in many aspects. From cultures to geopolitics and economic fronts, they have had their fair share of coalitions, competitions, and conflicts. But in the battle to attract...

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...

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 March 11th, 2024. Singapore is a small country in terms of size. Yet due to its wealth and status as Southeast Asia's financial hub, both locals and foreigners want to buy stocks in Singapore more than ever. Since 1960, Singapore's economy has averaged an...

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

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

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

Last updated March 17th, 2024. Diversifying your portfolio into different currencies is a great way to limit its reliance on a single country's financial system. World currencies, of which there are over a hundred, 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?

Last updated March 6th, 2024. China quickly transformed into one of the world’s strongest economic powers over the past few decades. As a result, investing in Chinese yuan became one of the most popular choices among currency traders. The Chinese yuan's use is now...

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

South Korea Real Estate: The Ultimate Guide

South Korea Real Estate: The Ultimate Guide

Compared to elsewhere in Asia, anyone buying real estate in South Korea saw superior performance over the past few decades. South Korea is located in a triangle between the Yellow Sea, East China Sea, and the Sea of Japan. Due to its geographic position between Japan...

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: The Full Guide for 2024

Investing in the Maldives: The Full Guide for 2024

If you're looking to invest in Maldives real estate, 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...

Investing in Nepal: The Full Guide for 2024

Investing in Nepal: The Full Guide for 2024

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...

OFFSHORE BANKING

The 10 Best Banks in Malaysia for 2024

The 10 Best Banks in Malaysia for 2024

Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia’s most important banking hubs, outranked only by its much smaller neighbor to the south. By banking in Malaysia, you’ll have access to several well-capitalized financial institutions. The ringgit also enjoys greater stability than...

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 March 5th, 2024. 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

Last updated February 29th, 2024. Income taxes are a major source of revenue for governments around the world. However, there are several countries with no income tax in Asia. You might ask, how is it possible for zero tax countries to exist? Well, in many cases, they...

Top 10 Safest Banks in Asia

Top 10 Safest Banks in Asia

Last updated March 3rd, 2024. Asia is home to the world's safest banks. 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" of countries...

LIFESTYLE

Retire in Malaysia: The Complete Guide

Retire in Malaysia: The Complete Guide

With its mix of idyllic beaches, lush rainforests, diverse cultures, and low cost of living, Malaysia has become an increasingly popular retirement destination for expats from around the world. Malaysia offers foreign retirees a high quality of life, modern amenities,...

Philippines SRRV Visa: Easiest Way to Retire in Asia

Philippines SRRV Visa: Easiest Way to Retire in Asia

With its low cost of living, beautiful beaches, and straightforward visa process, retiring in the Philippines through the SRRV visa program has become a top choice in Asia. The Philippines Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRRV) is a popular long-term residency option...

10 Best Countries to Live in Asia

10 Best Countries to Live in Asia

Asia is the main driver of economic growth in 21st century. With bustling megacities, pristine beaches, and mouthwatering cuisine, it's no wonder why many people want to work and live in Asia. Yet deciding on the single best place to live in Asia depends a lot on your...

Retire in Singapore: The Complete Guide

Retire in Singapore: The Complete Guide

Known as the “Lion City”, Singapore is one of the most popular retirement destinations for expats looking to live out their golden years in Asia. This small island nation offers a high quality of life, advanced healthcare, low crime rates, tropical weather, and a...

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...

RECESSION AVOIDANCE