Central Asia: Investing in the New Frontier

Investing in emerging markets has been a popular business choice for years now, with a different part of the world being dubbed a veritable ‘goldmine’ for foreign investors year on year.

But how do you ensure that your investment is well placed? Of course, there are never any guarantees, but doing your homework and making decisions based on facts and statistics, as opposed to a hunch, is a very good start.

This type of informed investment decision is why Central Asia is such an attractive opportunity for the frontier investor. Experts are convinced that the untapped markets of this region are ripe for investment, but it’s not just their opinions that are impressive – the statistics are too. Of all the emerging markets on the planet, Central Asia is a foreign investor’s dream and everything written about the area, and the studies already undertaken, reiterate this notion.

Take the region’s financial system, for example – this part of the world boasts some of this century’s fastest-growing economies and combined with staggering reserves of natural resources, it’s no wonder foreign investors are falling over themselves to get a piece of the action. There are three reasons why Central Asia’s capital markets are perfect for investment.

· They’re under developed

· They’re under researched

· They’re low cost

The area is underdeveloped when compared to other emerging markets, meaning investors can build a legacy in an area of relative infancy. Apart from the research quoted in this article, there has been very little digging done into the potential for investment in Central Asia. This means that in investment terms, it’s one of the globe’s best-kept secrets. Finally, the area still boasts inexpensive resources and therefore any investment project can be completed while being easy on your pocket.

When it comes to property, the mantra is ‘location, location, location’ and it could be said that investment is no different. The central part of Asia enjoys a strategic position between two phenomenally large economies in China and India. As these grow, so will the demand for Central Asia’s natural resources – and with that follows unique investment opportunities. 1.2 billion people live in India, while China has a population of 1.3 billion. India is the fifth largest oil importer in the world, while China is the third and they boast $4.1 and $10.1 trillion GDPs respectively, meaning the area has two significant markets next door.

Central Asia is packed with countries that are perfect for foreign investors and the area represents a significant opportunity for those with the funds. Turkmenistan, for example, has discovered gas fields with the ability to supply the UK for at least 20 years, Kazakhstan boasts 99 of the Periodic Table’s 110 elements in mined and mineable reserves, and Uzbekistan holds the fourth largest reserves of gold in the world.

Central Asia is an investment based on fact not fiction, statistics not sixth sense and potential not promises. With its significant natural resources, new markets and economic growth, now is the time to invest in this profitable region- can you really afford to miss this opportunity?

Best Airports in Asia Pacific

There’s an old saying that goes something like, “If it looks like an airport, and sounds like an airport, it’s an airport.” In other words, a house is a house, a car a car, and so on.

But this simply can’t be the case when it comes to something as essential to travel as an airport. Hours, or even days of sitting around waiting for the next flight out of a city can be made more than bearable with the right set up.

Take your comfort, for example. What are some things a good airport needs to make you absolutely comfortable? Because good airport management knows that when a traveler is hungry and can find some food, he or she may come back. But if that food is really delicious, then their return is guaranteed.

Flying halfway around the world is something one should avoid unless necessary. The jet lag alone will make you majorly unhappy if the culture shock doesn’t get you first. But if you do find yourself on the opposite side of the globe at 3:15 a.m. New York City time. Look around you. It’s a little after three in the morning and the sun’s been out all day! Are you enjoying yourself yet?

But, when you look around the airport and actually find yourself looking forward to the next few hours of waiting, you know you’re in one of the good ones. Depending on where you travel in Asia, you will probably stop in at least one of these airports at some point. For the record, they are the very best Asia has to offer.

o Incheon (ICN)

It’s no secret that Incheon is the best. In fact, it’s probably the most agreed upon choice for favorite airport by frequent flyers to Asia.

o Singapore (SIN)

The airport in Singapore relies heavily on the hospitality of the men and women who work there. Everyone from those selling souvenirs to the guy cleaning the bathroom is held to the highest level of excellence. They demand it from their employees because they know the traveler demands excellence as from.

o Hong Kong (HKG)

Hong Kong International Airport is the 14th highest ranked airport in the world. It’s known for its efficiency both in arrival times and departures, and delivering the right luggage at the right baggage claim. That’s a big deal when time counts and you need your bags right away.

o Central Japan (NGO)

Being number 3 in the world isn’t as good as being number 1 or 3. But it is better than being number 4; and infinitely better than number 2024 in the world. Central Japan International Airport was constructed on the Bay of Ise. Its location, surroundings, and the actual 5-star restaurants within the concourse make this a standout.

o Taipei (TPE)

The international Taipei Airport of Taiwan Taoyuan is located, naturally, in Taiwan. It features both modernity and a touch of old-world charm with shops and restaurants located in the terminals and concourse.

When you travel overseas you know it’s going to be one mad rush to make sure you get to the gate on time; there isn’t much time to hang around and enjoy the surroundings. However, when you have to be in an airport, its nice being in one that you feel comfortable in. When you enjoy yourself you don’t feel the tedious boredom of waiting.

Go to the authentic Korean restaurant at ICN. Or shop at a designer store at TPE; either way, the best airports are the ones people want to be in, not because they have to be there, but because they want to be.

Apartments For Sale In Manila Represent A Notable Investment Opportunity

Apartments for sale in Manila represent a notable investment opportunity for lots of people. Much of the Western world is continuing to suffer after the economic downturn and real estate values are still continuing to decline or showing low growth in many countries. On the other hand, the opposite is true in Asia. In fact, much of Asia especially the Philippines is continuing to have economic growth. According to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the Philippines economy is predicted to grow about 5 percent next year.

This growth is reflected in the countries’ real estate trends. According to the Asian Journal, the Philippine’s real estate market is getting more attractive all the time. This is particularly true in the capital of Manila. The average cost of apartments in this city has increased more than 3 percent while the rents are up more than 10 percent. According to the same newspaper, the price of an apartment in Manila is only ten percent of the cost of an apartment in Singapore. Those numbers alone present Manila a very interesting place to invest. This is true for both American and European investors plus Filipino ex-pat investors.

According to Forbes and MSN, the Philippines is one of the best countries to invest in real estate at the moment. They suggest that Manila offers landlords an average of an 8.98 Percent ROI. That figure makes it one of the top three countries to invest in Asia.

Century Properties, 1 of the largest private owned real estate developers in the Philippines with 25 years experience are 1 of the companies leading the trend.

Century has launched the Milano Residences with designed interiors by Versace Home. They have recently announced collaboration with American celebrity and heir to the Hilton Hotel fortune Paris Hilton who will help design the concept for another development, the Azure Beach Clubhouse, part of Century Properties planned urban resort Azure in Paranaque City, Manila.

In 2016, Century will complete their $150 million development in Manila, the new Trump Tower Manila which will be the tallest building in Manila at 820 feet. It will feature about 220 residential spaces that are being marketed at the moment and it will be the final planned residential tower in Century City, their flagship mixed use project.

According to Robbie Antonio, MD of Century Properties, this is the right time to invest in the area. He has said, “There is never a more opportune time than today to launch Trump Tower Manila, which is perhaps the country’s most powerful symbol of progress and readingess to compete on the world stage.” Eric Trump, executive vice president, real estate development and mergers and acquisitions, at The Trump Organization, Trump Tower also shares Antonio’s thoughts about the promises offered by the region. He has said, “The Philippines offers incredible opportunity given the tremendous wealth in the region.”

Apartments for sale in Manila are a great investment option for the keen investor. Buying an apartment in Trump Tower Manila or one of Century Properties other developments is a good way to get involved in the growing city and benefit from the growing economy and Manila property market in the Philippines.