They’re calling it the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. It will cover 65 countries, touching more than 4.4 billion people. It’s China’s answer to opening up trade with the rest of the world. This project is a massive opportunity for Aussie businesses. And that means it could also be a massive opportunity for you.
The flourishing Asian economy will be a major source of growth and opportunity for Australian companies and investors in the years ahead.
But there’s also the danger of managers and investors getting lured into markets they don’t understand. You can find out the companies and regions poised to profit and those that aren’t from our investment editors. They get the facts you need to know to make an informed decision and to make sure your money is in the right place — at the right time.
It’s still not clear if China will start selling US bonds. In fact, it could be that China can’t help but buy more US bonds. So what can you do if the second largest US bond holder goes haywire? Reduce losses as much as possible. It’s probably one of, if not the most important rules when investing.
To fund its ageing population, Japan is again seeking to innovate. But it is doing it in a different way. Japan is not just aiming to make and sell more goods. It is also looking at another way to generate income from its engineering skills. And it all has to do with intellectual property (IP).
The consumer confidence done by an independent (and non-Chinese) company with a good reputation to uphold, says consumer confidence is on the rise in China. And when consumers are happy, they spend money. And when 1 billion Chinese spend money, the world economy benefits too.
There’s no question that spotting growth in emerging countries — economies in need of our resources — at the right time is a huge opportunity for Australian investors. India is now the world’s fastest growing economy, and will likely be for many decades to come. It’s growing at a brisk 7% per annum - Good news for them. And good news for you.
Artificial intelligence is by no means a new concept. The term was first coined nearly 60 years ago. But it continues to give the impression that it’s something which will happen in the future. China wants to be at the forefront of this rapid growth now, and it’s already made a step in the right direction.
President Xi has called it ‘the project of the century.’ The initiative is motivated by a desire to boost economic growth in both China and nearby countries. This will provide a growing market for trade. It’s the largest overseas investment plan ever launched by a single country. According to ratings agency Fitch, US$900 billion of projects are planned or under construction.
In today’s offering, first published on 20 October, your editor Shae Russell discusses her best investing idea for the New Year.
Today’s article, originally published on 22 September, looks at a growing distrust in the US dollar, and a potential opportunity for gold investors.
Some believe China’s financial industry is at risk of failing. But, according to Jorry Noeddekaer, head of emerging markets at Nordea Asset Management in Copenhagen, a lot of the worries about China and its financial system are exaggerated.
Think Aussie property is seriously overvalued? Then you’ll think property in Hong Kong is ridiculous! Hong Kong dwelling prices have climbed 11% this year. And that’s coming off continuous growth since 2009.
Had you put your money in China this year, you would’ve left us all in the dust. The Hang Seng Index is up more than 33% this year. House prices have climbed so high that the government has been forced to step up financial regulation.
China's inviting foreign capital into their financial industry. The hope is, according to Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith, that Western capital will flood into highly leverage financial institutions.
When Japan’s bubble burst in the 1990s, our economy was saved by China’s economic transformation. Throughout the first decade of the new millennium, Australia was a major beneficiary of China’s grand plan. When China’s bubble bursts — and it almost certainly will — there’s no other Asian saviour to prop up our debt-laden economy waiting in the wings.
I doubt this new form of small loans with no questions asked will phase out banking activities. However, it could seriously dint banking profitability going forward.