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PROPERTY INVESTMENT

Buying Real Estate in Turkey: A Value Trap?

Buying Real Estate in Turkey: A Value Trap?

Foreigners are buying real estate in Turkey more than ever. Property values in Istanbul are among Asia’s lowest, and the Turkish government is encouraging foreigners to invest. Is it possible these investors are making a mistake though? With real estate prices...

Buying a Condo in Pattaya: The Ultimate Guide

Buying a Condo in Pattaya: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated September 3rd, 2022.   Thailand is one of Asia's most popular foreign condo ownership destinations. A major reason is because tourists visit and decide to buy real estate in the country. Looking across Thailand, there are multiple cities where you...

Buying a Condo in Penang: The Ultimate Guide

Buying a Condo in Penang: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated April 15th, 2022.   Penang ranks among the most popular places in Malaysia where foreigners buy real estate. Known for its cuisine, luxury condos, beaches, and metropolitan areas, Penang is a top destination for investors, retirees, and expats alike....

Buying a Condo in Phuket: The Ultimate Guide

Buying a Condo in Phuket: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated August 23rd, 2022.   Buying a condo in Phuket is something that thousands of foreign investors have already done. It's certainly easier to own real estate in Thailand compared to most other countries in Asia. Thus, if you want to own property on a...

ECONOMIC NEWS

3 Weak Emerging Markets That Are Barely Growing

3 Weak Emerging Markets That Are Barely Growing

Last updated August 17th, 2022.   The term “emerging market” brings to mind a country which is growing quicker than most others. Emerging markets are typically going through a phase rapid urbanization, rising foreign investment, and improved infrastructure...

Why China Manufacturing is Uncompetitive

Why China Manufacturing is Uncompetitive

Last updated July 17th, 2022.   China usually comes to mind first when Asia's economic growth is mentioned – and for a good reason. It's both the world’s largest exporter and manufacturer by a wide margin. With that said, several factors point to a lack of...

Does E-Commerce in Singapore Threaten its Malls?

Does E-Commerce in Singapore Threaten its Malls?

Last updated March 31st, 2022.   The western world fears for the safety of physical malls since e-commerce and online stores now sell anything you could ever want. Countless cities across the globe are already having e-commerce overtake the physical means of...

Why High Speed Rail Will Change Southeast Asia Forever

Why High Speed Rail Will Change Southeast Asia Forever

Last updated May 19th, 2022.   Over the past decade, Southeast Asia’s economy grew at an unprecedented rate. Investors in turn have poured billions of dollars into the region’s businesses, real estate, and infrastructure. High speed rail lines, which are cropping...

Japan’s Demographic Problems: Can Robots Fix Them?

Japan’s Demographic Problems: Can Robots Fix Them?

Last updated May 28th, 2022.   Shortly after World War 2 ended, Japan went through an economic boom phase which lasted almost half a century. This multi-generational age of prosperity stopped abruptly in the early 1990s. You might as well call the 1990s “the good...

FRONTIER MARKETS

Emerging vs. Frontier Markets: Which is Better?

Emerging vs. Frontier Markets: Which is Better?

Last updated October 20th, 2022.   You probably have seen the terms “frontier markets” and “emerging markets” elsewhere before. At a first glance, it might seem fairly self-explanatory what these terms mean. Emerging and frontier market economies are very...

4 Frontier Markets You Should Invest In

4 Frontier Markets You Should Invest In

Last updated October 22nd, 2022.   Frontier markets are often overlooked and misunderstood by investors. Some people incorrectly label frontier markets as “dangerous”, while at the same time putting all their eggs in one basket and only investing close to home....

How to Avoid a Recession? Invest in These 3 Markets

How to Avoid a Recession? Invest in These 3 Markets

Last updated March 2nd, 2022.   People are often surprised to learn that some countries skipped the 2008 Global Financial Crisis completely. It's even more shocking that several places have managed to avoid recession for over two decades. A select few markets,...

How to Invest in Emerging Markets Wisely

How to Invest in Emerging Markets Wisely

Last updated August 1st, 2022.   Investors seeking higher returns often choose emerging markets. Property and stocks in these countries have become a standard asset class for anyone seeking superior long-term gains. The term “emerging markets” involves dozens of...

STOCK MARKET

How to Buy and Trade Stocks in Thailand: A Full Guide

How to Buy and Trade Stocks in Thailand: A Full Guide

Last updated May 8th, 2022.   Thailand is one of the world's most visited countries. In fact, during a typical year, its capital of Bangkok sees more tourists than any other city on the planet. Because of this, Thailand is often people's first experience with...

How to Open a Hong Kong Brokerage Account

How to Open a Hong Kong Brokerage Account

Last updated August 11th, 2021.   The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is only Asia’s third largest in terms of market cap. Yet it’s the most internationally-focused trading platform in the whole region by far. When it comes to secondary listings, foreign companies list...

How to Trade Stocks in Asia the Right Way

How to Trade Stocks in Asia the Right Way

Last updated September 25th, 2022.   There are lots of different ways to invest in Asian markets. From buying real estate or stocks, to starting your own business, the sheer number international investment options might leave some people confused. With that said,...

VGI Global Media Stock: Thailand’s Advertising Giant

VGI Global Media Stock: Thailand’s Advertising Giant

Thailand's marketing industry is truly exceptional. Advertising focuses more on the subtle qualities of the product and brand than the obvious ones. Local culture forces traditional advertisers to think outside the box. Meanwhile, rapid urbanization and sensory...

Thai Vegetable Oil Stock Pays a 7% Dividend Yield

Thai Vegetable Oil Stock Pays a 7% Dividend Yield

The past several years were rough for Thailand's economy. With tourist arrivals and export numbers falling, Thailand suffered through a disappointing first half during 2018. Nonetheless, Thailand looks to achieve its highest growth though several years of political...

3 Best Growth Stocks in China: Globalization is Here

3 Best Growth Stocks in China: Globalization is Here

Last updated May 17th, 2022.   The Shanghai Composite is down about 20% over the past year, erasing all of its post-2020 gains. Most analysts will tell you that's because of ongoing travel restrictions combined with slower growth in the world’s second largest...

ASIAN CURRENCIES

Why Thailand’s Baht is the Best Currency in Asia

Why Thailand’s Baht is the Best Currency in Asia

Last updated September 8th, 2019.   Currencies around the world have depreciated against the U.S. Dollar for the past few years. It hasn’t been limited to a few different countries or regions either. The pound, euro, rupee, yuan, and just about every other...

Malaysian Ringgit Crisis: Did it Bottom Out?

Malaysian Ringgit Crisis: Did it Bottom Out?

Update for November, 2019: This article was originally written back in 2015, forecasting a decline in the Malaysian ringgit. Our predictions were accurate and the ringgit saw significant depreciation over the past few years. However, we now rate the currency a "buy"...

Top Asian Currencies: What Are the Strongest?

Top Asian Currencies: What Are the Strongest?

Last updated April 10th, 2022.   Asia is home to a greater number of currencies than any continent on the planet. Over fifty of them, to be a bit more precise.  Because of this, Forex traders - along with investors merely wanting to diversify their portfolio into...

The Yuan’s Importance in Chinese Globalization

The Yuan’s Importance in Chinese Globalization

Last updated May 6th, 2022.   China is pumping investment (and yuan!) into Southeast Asia. In fact, China plans to invest five times more in the ASEAN region than it does already. Specifically, trade between China and Southeast Asia will increase to more than...

Why Asia is Investing in Gold and Silver Like Crazy

Why Asia is Investing in Gold and Silver Like Crazy

Last updated November 17th, 2021.   Gold’s reputation as a storage of wealth and hedge against inflation is alluring investors across Asian markets. This is especially true for those in the ASEAN region with local currencies declining against the U.S. Dollar,...

PROPERTY DEVELOPERS

Top 10 Dubai Property Developers: A Complete Guide

Top 10 Dubai Property Developers: A Complete Guide

When you buy property in Dubai, choosing a high-quality real estate developer should be on the top of your list of things to do. In fact, it’s probably more important here than in any other major international housing market. If you’re not convinced of the importance...

COUNTRY GUIDES

Investing in Myanmar Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Myanmar Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated April 9th, 2022.   People often think of Myanmar when anyone mentions “frontier markets” in Asia. This Southeast Asian country is indeed a perfect example of the region's rise as a whole. Meanwhile, investing in Myanmar's property market could soon...

Investing in Vietnam Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Vietnam Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated July 1st, 2022.   Vietnam has made rapid progress in the past several decades, averaging GDP growth rates exceeding 7% during the 1990s and 2000s. It remains one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and owning property in Vietnam is a popular...

Investing in Malaysia Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Malaysia Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated November 15th, 2022.   Malaysia enjoys a strategic location alongside the Strait of Malacca - the world's busiest shipping lane. This has allowed its economy to perform well based simply on where it’s located on the map. "Location, location,...

Investing in Cambodia Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Cambodia Property: The Ultimate Guide

Last updated November 6th, 2022.   If you're looking at frontier markets in Asia, Cambodia is arguably the most open to foreign real estate buyers and business owners. This fairly small country in the heart of Southeast Asia has leapt forward in terms of economic...

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