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Over the last decade, China’s disposable income per capita increased more than threefold at a compound annual growth rate of 12.3%. With rising consumption power, China’s population is spending more on food and beverages, not only in greater quantities but also on higher quality products.
The Bank of Japan’s recent surprise expansion of its quantitative easing measures shook up markets and caught the attention of those who may have begun to doubt the central bank’s commitment to reflate the Japanese economy.
The recent spasm of U.S. dollar (USD) strength is more likely a symptom, less likely a cause, of several political and economic dislocations in today’s markets. But what does the dollar rally mean to investors of Asian equities and fixed income?
Earlier this fall, I attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, where companies from around the world came to showcase new products that utilize the latest in cutting edge manufacturing technologies, such as machine tools, robotics and various automation components. The biannual tradeshow is the largest of its kind in the world, a virtual theme park for manufacturing geeks.
As average incomes in China have risen, investment themes tied to rising tourism have also grown. In particular, international travel is increasingly appearing on the wish lists of Chinese consumers. Last year, China’s total outbound tourists reached about 97 million, and is expected to continue its strong growth.
It’s not every day that one achieves a feat requiring the precision of shooting a hole-in-one over a distance of 5,000 miles.
Twenty years ago, Paul Matthews decided to launch two Asia ex-Japan mutual funds in the U.S. and create what is today the Matthews Asia Funds.
More than a year and a half has passed since Japan unveiled “Abenomics,” its aggressive reflationary policy to reinvigorate its stalled domestic economy. While the first two “arrows” of Abenomics—ultra–easy monetary and expansionary fiscal policies—have made progress in ending deflation and “importing” inflation into the economy, investors have shifted their attention to the so-called third arrow—Japan’s growth strategy.
This month, the western port city of Incheon in South Korea is hosting the 17th Asian Games, the world’s second largest multisport event, held every 4 years. Given the prevailing global economic conditions, the prestige of hosting such a large sporting event may at times be overshadowed by the required infrastructure expenditure.
For many of us in the West, waking up to the aroma of a pot of fresh-brewed coffee is one of life’s little pleasures. In fact, over the course of a year, the average American consumes the equivalent of roughly 9 lbs. (~4.5 kg) of coffee beans. In Finland, that average is nearly three times higher!