Our History


Matthews Asia was founded by Paul Matthews in 1991 on his belief that Asia could offer exceptional long-term growth potential for investors. When Paul first visited Asia in 1979 on a research trip, many of the countries were closed to foreign investment. And with the exceptions of Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, most were also very under-developed. But as he worked in the region over the course of several years and witnessed its transformation, Paul became convinced that Asia's growth was likely to outpace that of the rest of the world. 

Over nearly three decades, our firm's history has been closely entwined with the economic, political and social development of Asia. The steady growth of our firm is rooted in the evolution of Asia's markets and the complex, rapidly-changing region. And our belief in the long-term growth of Asia was forged through a number of extremely volatile episodes, from the Asian Financial Crisis in the late 1990s, to the SARS crisis, to a range of geopolitical scares, to the bursting of China's equity bubble and the recent global financial crisis. These challenges have tested and ultimately strengthened Matthews Asia's original, long-term investment philosophy. 

Our unwavering focus, discipline, and consistent track-record throughout market cycles distinguishes Matthews Asia from its peers.

 

2020

Matthews Asia Emerging Markets Equity inception

2016

Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities inception
Matthews Asia Becomes a UNPRI Signatory

2015

Matthews Asia Value inception
Matthews Asia ESG inception

2013

Matthews Emerging Asia inception

2011

Matthews Asia Total Return Bond Fund inception
Matthews China Small Companies inception

2010

Matthews Asia introduces strategies for non-U.S. investors

2009

Matthews China Dividend inception

2008

Matthews Asia Small Companies inception

2006

Matthews Asia Dividend inception

2005

Matthews India inception

2003

Matthews Asia Growth inception

1999

Matthews Asia Innovators inception

1998

Matthews China inception
Matthews Japan inception

1995

Matthews Korea inception

1994

Matthews Asia introduces Matthews Pacific Tiger and Matthews Asian Growth and Income

1992

Firm launches an investment vehicle for the Asia ex-Japan region

1991

G. Paul Matthews founds Matthews International Capital Management