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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...

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...

Indonesia’s Economic Problems: Asia’s Big Bad Economy

Indonesia’s Economic Problems: Asia’s Big Bad Economy

Last updated January 25th, 2023.   Indonesia enjoys Southeast Asia's largest economy. Sadly, numerous problems make it one of the ASEAN region's worst performing economies. They've lagged behind frontier market peers such as Vietnam and the Philippines over the...

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...