Reid Kirchenbauer is the Founder of InvestAsian. He is among the world's foremost experts on frontier market investment and buying property in Asia.
Hi, my name is Reid Kirchenbauer. I’ve been investing in real estate, stocks, and private equity in Asia for more than a decade.
I currently manage the world’s first and only frontier market property fund. That’s on top of a consulting service and InvestAsian.
Off the top of my head, I can quote you Cambodia apartment prices, help you open a brokerage account in Hong Kong from home, and give you Vietnam stock tips among many other things.
How did I accomplish all this before I was in my mid-20s? It’s a long story.
I was a child actor with roles in movies and eight nationally-aired TV commercials while growing up in Los Angeles. The government keeps your money until you’re an adult in this situation… unless you invest it.
This led to my career, strangely enough. My spare time as a child was spent reading books, doing research online, and trading stocks. I was more interested in how the Hang Seng Index closed than the normal fascinations of a teenager.
I did rather well during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis by shorting oil and manufacturing companies. Then I turned 18, moved to Asia and never looked back.
I graduated with a finance degree from one of the region’s top universities, learned a few languages, closed several million dollars worth of real estate deals, and made thousands of international stock trades.
The comparatively small sum of money I made as an actor was multiplied by over five times.
How? Well, I learned how to buy assets in Asia at low prices. I found people who were determined to sell quickly. They often just needed more liquidity.
One time, a bomb exploded down the street from the seller’s apartment… an alarming but temporary event. I bought the property which tripled in value a few years later.
Things are usually harder though. I spend a lot of time in frontier markets like Cambodia and Myanmar. You can make lots of money in these places but they’re difficult. They often require being “on the ground” and finding your own opportunities.
Either way, the returns from investing in property and stocks with fair valuations, in countries which are growing quickly, are no less than stellar.
My graduating class picture. One of these things is not like the others.
Soon, I created a track record of success managing money for others. I founded the world’s first frontier market real estate fund which now has over US$1 million under management and achieves returns well into the double-digit range.
Perhaps most notable is that I’m only 28 years old. But don’t let that fool you.
I’ve been investing in Asia for awhile, speak Thai and Lao fluently, and have purchased property in seven different countries. Throughout my time in the region, I’ve become adept at navigating Southeast Asian bureaucracy and making deals. I’m one of very few people who can do all the things I can despite my age.
Yet overall, my goals are probably similar to yours. I have some money and want to invest it in the most effective way possible. A clear majority of economic growth during the 21st century will come from Asia. Therefore, I focus my effort on this part of the world.
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