Allocating to Asia
- Despite the “emerging” tag attached to many of the key economies and markets in the region, there is ample evidence that the age of Asia is already upon us. The rest of the world is definitely taking notice and China’s increasing representation in global indices is one example of this growing recognition of Asia’s “too big to ignore” status. Through their ongoing reform agendas, a number of key economies in Asia are trying to foster long term sustainable growth and create economic environments appealing to foreign businesses and investments.
- Though the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on Asia, the pillars that support robust long-term growth in the region – an expanding middle class, an upgrading labour force, and supportive economic reforms – still stand strong, injecting fuel into Asia’s economic engine. Asia’s swiftness in adopting, and oftentimes innovating, new technology means that its technological gap with the developed world is closing, further bolstering its comparative advantage. All these factors, tied together with the fact that Asian equities and bonds are undervalued and underrepresented in world indices – and consequently in global investors’ portfolios – make investing in Asia a very attractive proposition.
- In this handbook, we delve into details of the aforementioned topics and outline some evolving investment opportunities that span countries/territories, sectors and industries across the region. We aim to provide useful information to investors for their consideration in allocating to Asia.
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