Economy

5 Most Strategically Located Countries in Asia

5 Most Strategically Located Countries in Asia

Last updated July 31st, 2023.   Geography plays an important role in any country's success. From natural disaster risk to trade accessibility, location often defines a nation's growth potential. For example, landlocked nations are severely limited by their lack...

Countries With No Property Tax: Own Without Obligation

Countries With No Property Tax: Own Without Obligation

Last updated February 6th, 2024. You could make an argument that property owners don’t actually own their house or the land it sits on. After all, what happens if you stop paying property tax to the government? They’ll come seize your home and put you in jail. Real...

3 Best Investments to Avoid a US-China Trade War

3 Best Investments to Avoid a US-China Trade War

It's been over 5 years now since the US-China trade war’s “official start” was announced through the Chinese government-run People's Daily, the most-read newspaper in Asia. One change of US President later, and we're still at it. Investors sometimes buy international...

These Countries Boast Asia’s Best Demographics

These Countries Boast Asia’s Best Demographics

Last updated August 7th, 2023.   Short-term bumps in an economy are unavoidable. Other than in a few rare cases, recessions strike about once every seven or eight years on average. There isn't much you can do about an occasional recession. But either way, as...

Investing in ASEAN: Best Move of the Decade?

Investing in ASEAN: Best Move of the Decade?

Last updated June 28th, 2023.   Moving part of your assets into emerging economies often higher returns and less reliance on your home country's financial system. But not all global investments are equal. Ask anyone who invested in Russia, Turkey, or Brazil...

The 4 Worst Places to Invest in Asia

The 4 Worst Places to Invest in Asia

Last updated April 30th, 2024.   There isn't any shortage of investment advice on the internet. A majority of the time, suggestions revolve around stocks or property that others think you should buy. People saying where you should not invest are less common. The...

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Bonds in Asia or Anywhere Else

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Bonds in Asia or Anywhere Else

Last updated June 21st, 2019.   You’re supposed to put part of your portfolio in bonds with the rest being a mix of stocks and cash. At least, this is what investment advisers have told people for decades. That might be a slight oversimplification. The exact...

Will the Korean Economy Outgrow Japan’s?

Will the Korean Economy Outgrow Japan’s?

Last updated March 25th, 2024 You may imagine that South Korea doesn’t stand a chance of ever surpassing Japan. After all, the Korean economy is barely 35%  of its neighbor's size. Japan was Asia’s most important regional power for centuries – at least until China...

Top 5 Fastest Growing Countries in Asia

Top 5 Fastest Growing Countries in Asia

Last updated January 31st, 2024. Which countries in Asia are growing the fastest? We'll answer that question and rank the top five. You probably already know that Asia is growing quickly. From an economic perspective, it’s among the best performing regions on the...

Japanese Economy: Here’s Why it Won’t Recover

Japanese Economy: Here’s Why it Won’t Recover

Last updated May 11th, 2023.   Japan boomed during the late 20th century. In fact, some analysts at the time even thought the Japanese economy would surpass the United States to become the world’s largest. As you already know, that never happened. Tepid growth...