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Top 5 Real Estate Agents in Thailand

Top 5 Real Estate Agents in Thailand

Navigating the complex world of Thai realtors can be a challenge, particularly as a foreign investor. With so many options and potential risks, having a trusted real estate company by your side is crucial - especially if you're new to the market and aren't living in...

Real Estate Agents in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Real Estate Agents in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated June 8th, 2024. 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 as a whole....

Best Areas in Singapore to Buy Property

Best Areas in Singapore to Buy Property

Choosing the right location is the most important part of buying property anywhere in the world. Singapore's real estate market certain isn't an exception to this rule! Property values in Singapore vary significantly from one area to the next. The investment potential...

ECONOMIC NEWS

India vs. China: Which Will Grow Faster?

India vs. China: Which Will Grow Faster?

It's the battle of India vs. China! Which is better for investors? China and India are the two most populous nations on the planet, and are very similar in some ways. They're both emerging markets with high growth rates usually exceeding 6%.  Up until the late 1800s,...

Don’t Invest in India: Here’s Why

Don’t Invest in India: Here’s Why

Recently, India officially became the most populous nation on the entire planet with over 1.4 billion inhabitants. Yet unofficially, India had already surpassed China in terms of population several years ago.  A cursory glance would tell you that investing in India is...

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...

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

REITs in Asia: The Complete Investment Guide

REITs in Asia: The Complete Investment Guide

REITs in Asia invest in a wide range of assets, from commercial malls and offices in city center locations, to logistics warehouses in emerging markets. There’s an old investing maxim that author Mark Twain penned: “Buy land, they're not making it anymore.” In short,...

Buying Stocks in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Buying Stocks in Asia: The Ultimate Guide

Stocks in Asia are great way to diversify your portfolio internationally, and in the process, optimize the balance of risk and return. Home to 4.5 billion people and rising, Asia is the world’s largest continent in terms of both land size and population. One could say...

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 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

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...

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COUNTRY GUIDES

Indonesia Real Estate: The Ultimate Guide

Indonesia Real Estate: The Ultimate Guide

With over 275 million inhabitants and rising, the Indonesia property market has immense potential simply because of its size. Yet despite its status as Southeast Asia's most populous country, Indonesia has largely stayed off the radar of foreign investors. Indonesia's...

Investing in Vietnam Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Vietnam Property: The Ultimate Guide

Vietnam has made rapid progress over the past several decades, averaging GDP growth rates exceeding 7% during the 1990s and 2000s. Buying Vietnamese real estate is arguably the best method to profit from the country's strong demographic trends and rising middle class....

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 Oman: The Complete Guide for 2024

Investing in Oman: The Complete Guide for 2024

Last updated April 22nd, 2024. Known for relative political stability and forward-thinking laws, investing in Oman is an alluring prospect if you’re looking to expand into the Gulf. Located at the crossroads of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, Oman has quickly...

Investing in Cyprus: A Complete Guide

Investing in Cyprus: A Complete Guide

By investing in Cyprus, you'll gain access to the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa. Technically part of the Asian continent, but also an EU member, Cyprus spot on the map is truly unique and helps it serve as a regional trade hub. Combined with an attractive...

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, several of them are safer, more stable, and quite simply better than the others. By opening a bank...

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

Living in South Korea: The Expat Guide

Living in South Korea: The Expat Guide

Are you considering a move to the vibrant and technologically advanced country of South Korea? With its unique blend of ancient traditions and modern marvels, South Korea has become a popular destination for expats from all corners of the globe. Yet before packing...

Retire in Japan: The Complete Guide

Retire in Japan: The Complete Guide

Japan has long been an alluring destination for retirees seeking a high quality of life. With its stunning natural beauty, advanced healthcare system, and low crime rates, it's no wonder that many foreigners are considering spending their golden years in the “Land of...

How to Get Japanese Citizenship: The Complete Guide

How to Get Japanese Citizenship: The Complete Guide

Japan is a fascinating place with a rich history. In fact, some people fall so much in love with the country's lifestyle that they dream of one day becoming a Japanese citizen. However, obtaining Japanese citizenship is no easy feat if you don’t have local ancestry....

Dubai vs. Singapore: Which City is Better?

Dubai vs. Singapore: Which City is Better?

Dubai and Singapore have emerged as two of the world's premier destinations for expats, entrepreneurs, and global businesses in recent decades. Both cities offer modern infrastructure, business-friendly policies, strategic geographic locations, and a cosmopolitan...

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...

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