At Matthews, we believe in the long-term growth of Asia. Since 1991, we have focused our efforts and expertise within the region, investing through a variety of market environments. As an independent, privately owned firm, Matthews is the largest dedicated Asia-only investment specialist in the United States. Our investment offerings provide a broad range of choices for building a global portfolio that includes exposure to one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. As of November 30, 2013, Matthews had $26.2 billion in assets under management.
Our Approach to Investing in Asia
We believe many of the region’s widely used equity indices are backward looking and are not representative of the industries and companies that will be successful in the future. With respect to the region’s debt indices, we believe they are representative of the most indebted countries as opposed to the most creditworthy.
Long-term focus on Asia
We believe a long-term approach is the most effective way to capitalize on Asia’s evolution.
Matthews has been investing in Asia since 1991 and we draw on our experience to identify investment opportunities that stand to benefit from the growth and development of markets throughout the region.
We employ a fundamental, bottom-up investment process. For equities, we seek to identify companies with sustainable long-term growth prospects, strong business models, quality management teams and reasonable valuations. For debt securities, we look for issuers that demonstrate strength in credit, currencies and interest rates. This research process involves more than 2,000 company visits each year.
Defining Asia investment strategies
We strive to provide investors a range of Asia strategies across the risk-reward spectrum and launch new strategies when there are compelling investment opportunities in the region.