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Matthews Asia Perspective  September 10, 2018

Asia's Small Companies Go Big

Capturing a diverse range of business opportunities and return drivers, Asia's small companies offer attractive opportunities for long-term growth.

Matthews Asia Perspective  September 06, 2018

China Takes Leading Role on Global Trade

Matthews Asia CIO Robert Horrocks says China's leadership on free trade is an important reason to invest in the growth of Asia.

Matthews Asia Perspective  August 20, 2018

Are Turkey's Troubles Contagious?

Turkey's crisis may offer investors the opportunity to build positions in ASEAN countries and India. 

Matthews Asia Perspective  June 21, 2018

Our Views on the U.S.-China Trade Dispute

U.S.-China trade concerns have been weighing on investors. Matthews Asia examines the strength of China's underlying fundamentals, the rate of its middle class expansion and domestic consumption.

Matthews Asia Perspective  June 12, 2018

New Chapter for Korean Peninsula

South Korea's economy may benefit from closer ties to North Korea, but costs and risks remain.

Matthews Asia Perspective  May 16, 2018

Asia's Stability Makes It Poised for Growth

Matthews Asia CIO Robert Horrocks says Asia's political and economic environment looks strong for the region's long-term growth prospects.

Matthews Asia Perspective  May 08, 2018

Malaysia Elections Update

Malaysia's 14th general election delivered a surprise win for the opposition.

Matthews Asia Perspective  April 10, 2018

Indonesia's Green Shoots

While lackluster domestic demand led Indonesian equities to be eclipsed last year by equity markets in North Asia, Matthews Asia holds a more constructive view on Indonesia given recent signs of growth.

Matthews Asia Perspective  March 21, 2018

After the Fall

Matthews Asia CIO Robert Horrocks says any declines in Asia’s markets in response to the U.S. are likely to lead to the emergence of cheap valuations far sooner than anywhere in the West.

Matthews Asia Perspective  February 14, 2018

South Korea - The Next Economic Rebirth

Thirty years since South Korea’s debut as Olympic hosts, the country is ready to showcase its next level of achievement—one driven by talent and R&D. 

Matthews Asia Perspective  January 31, 2018

Off to a Wild Beginning in 2018

Matthews Asia CIO Robert Horrocks says Asia is still the world’s fastest-growing region and remains optimistic about the environment for corporate profits and investment in the region.

Matthews Asia Perspective  January 24, 2018

Q&A: 2018 Outlook for India's Stock Market

In our 2018 India Outlook, Matthews Asia portfolio manager Sunil Asnani discusses risks and opportunities in India’s equity markets today.

Matthews Asia Perspective  January 24, 2018

What's Behind India's Massive Bank Recapitalization?

Matthews Asia portfolio manager Sunil Asnani discusses India’s exercise in financial engineering that is aimed at giving public banks a fresh start to become stronger and profitable.

Matthews Asia Perspective  December 11, 2017

Uncovering Opportunities in Asia's Tech Sector

Shares of some large-capitalization tech companies in Asia have delivered strong performance so far this year, driving up the tech sector weighting relative to the broader market. Do these types of stocks represent the best opportunities in Asia’s tech sector right now?

Matthews Asia Perspective  December 08, 2017

Looking Beyond Benchmarks for Emerging Market Bonds

The emerging market (EM) asset class could use a re-examination. This is particularly needed as underlying EM regions tend to diverge by fundamentals and EM bond benchmarks continue to demonstrate shortcomings. Matthews Asia Portfolio Manager Teresa Kong examines this issue.

Matthews Asia Perspective  September 12, 2017

The Case for Value Investing in Asia

We believe now is the time to consider value investing in Asia, a strategy that has worked well over the long run in the United States and Europe.

Matthews Asia Perspective  August 29, 2017

ASEAN at 50: Thriving Region Offers Investors Compelling Opportunities

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marks its 50-year anniversary this year. With increasingly deep capital markets, including more than 4,300 listed companies, the ASEAN region provides investors with access to the compounding growth potential of these dynamic economies.

Matthews Asia Perspective  June 20, 2017

Q&A: MSCI Includes China A-Shares

China’s A-shares get the green light. What should investors know about this development?

Matthews Asia Perspective  March 31, 2017

Mainland China-Hong Kong Bond Market Connect

Given the recent flurry of announcements relating to the inclusion of Chinese bonds in various global bond indices and the announcement of the upcoming China-Hong Kong bond, we sat down with Teresa Kong to get a better understanding of the context and implications of these developments.

Matthews Asia Perspective  March 07, 2017

Is 2017 a Game Changer for Japanese Equities?

Japan's investment landscape has changed significantly over the past decade. Matthews Asia explores a new generation of Japanese growth companies.

Matthews Asia Perspective  March 07, 2017

Why Invest in Asia in an Age of Confrontation?

Rather than getting pulled into the noise of today’s political climate, stay focused on the fundamentals around economic growth. Matthews Asia Chief Investment Officer, Robert Horrocks, PhD, reminds investors of the factors that trends can’t change.

Matthews Asia Perspective  January 18, 2017

Dollar Strength

Matthews Asia CIO and Portfolio Manager Robert Horrocks, PhD, examines the factors behind the U.S. dollar’s rally.

Matthews Asia Perspective  December 01, 2016

India's massive demonetization: Is bitter always better?

India’s new demonetization effort may be helpful in bringing the parallel “black money” economy into the mainstream—at least for the time being. Matthews Asia Portfolio Manager Sunil Asnani offers his views on the scheme.

Matthews Asia Perspective  November 09, 2016

Q&A: Trump Victory and the Impact on Asia

With the U.S. election finally over and Donald Trump elected president, Matthews Asia Chief Investment Officer, Robert Horrocks, PhD, provides his views on what this potentially means for investors in Asia and how this may impact the portfolios.

Matthews Asia Perspective  November 04, 2016

Japan 2.0 - A New Generation of Growth

At Matthews Asia, we believe that Japan offers investors a new generation of companies that are taking advantage of growth opportunities in domestic and global markets where businesses and consumers have new product and service needs. How can investors participate?

Matthews Asia Perspective  July 28, 2016

Chopper Money?

As the Bank of Japan approaches practical limits on its purchase of government bonds, several economists have argued that it might be time to consider helicopter money. Could this approach be effective in reviving the Japanese economy? 

Matthews Asia Perspective  July 05, 2016

Brexit Impact on China

Investment strategist Andy Rothman explores the potential impact of Brexit on China’s economy, its exchange rate, and the political outlook.

Matthews Asia Perspective  June 27, 2016

Brexit

The recent announcement affirming the U.K.’s vote to exit the E.U. has many ramifications, many of which affect millions of people in a negative way. Some refer to Friday’s announcement as a Black Swan event. Regardless of how the event is characterized, the fact is that the exact implications are largely unknown, the potential for a domino effect is real, governments and companies will need to re-think strategy and individuals will be impacted.

Matthews Asia Perspective  June 21, 2016

"Rexit" in Context

Indian central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan will not be seeking an extension to his term. Matthews Asia considers the broader context.

Matthews Asia Perspective  May 13, 2016

Riding the Credit Cycle: Is it Time to Buy?

In this Perspectives piece, Portfolio Manager Teresa Kong, CFA, explains why she believes we face a rare window of opportunity to be considering Asia credit. Why, specifically, is Asia high yield attractive?

Matthews Asia Perspective  May 06, 2016

Q&A: Yu Zhang, CFA

Yu Zhang, CFA, Lead Manager of the Matthews Asia Dividend Fund, discusses the Fund's investment philosophy, approach and how the portfolio is positioned in the current market environment.   

Matthews Asia Perspective  April 28, 2016

Dealing with Volatility

There has been much concern over market turmoil recently, which begs the question: how do investors deal with volatility? Robert Horrocks, PhD, CIO and Portfolio Manager, discusses how volatility is managed at Matthews Asia. 

Matthews Asia Perspective  April 06, 2016

Matthews Asia Q&A: Update on Japan

Why is there still a compelling case for investing in Japan? Kenichi Amaki, Lead Manager of the Matthews Japan Strategy, discusses the Japanese investment climate, including the impact of negative interest rates, “Abenomics” and Japanese corporate governance improvements.

Market Update  March 17, 2016

CIO Update: Understanding Volatility

Robert Horrocks, PhD, CIO and Portfolio Manager, discusses market volatility, what it means and how it impacts investors and their portfolios.

Matthews Asia Perspective  March 04, 2016

The Key Challenges for Asia

Excessive leverage, the possibility of a slowdown in growth and the pace of structural reforms. Sharat Shroff, Lead Manager of the Matthews Pacific Tiger Fund, assesses the themes that are likely to concern investors with regards to Asia and shares his approach to investing in the region.

Matthews Asia Perspective  February 11, 2016

Lost in Translation

The imposition of negative rates on Japan’s bank reserves recently caught the market by surprise. Teresa Kong, CFA, Portfolio Manager, explores the possible implications of this new interest rate policy for Japan and the rest of Asia.

Market Update  January 07, 2016

Matthews Asia Analysis of Market Events in China

The first week of the New Year saw a precipitous drop in China’s stock markets, triggering a “circuit breaker” to halt trading, with repercussions in markets around the globe. Matthews Asia experts share their perspectives on this event in the context of the overall health of China’s economy. 

Matthews Asia Perspective  January 05, 2016

Investing for Long-Term Dividend Growth in Asia

Robert Horrocks, CIO and Portfolio Manager, explains the factors to be considered in selecting portfolio holdings. What’s in Matthews Asia’s investing DNA?

Market Update  November 12, 2015

Video: Why the End of China's One-Child Policy Matters

The Chinese government has formally announced the end of its infamous "one-child" policy. This is a very important development, but its political significance far outweighs its economic consequences. In this video update, Andy Rothman, Investment Strategist, explains why, contrary to conventional wisdom, ending the one-child policy is unlikely to change the longer-term trend towards smaller families in China. In Andy’s view, the policy change is all about politics—about getting the government out of Chinese people’s bedrooms.

Matthews Asia Perspective  October 23, 2015

Growth Opportunities in Japan

The sustained growth of Asia and Japan’s increasing integration with the rest of Asia is what makes Japan’s equity markets attractive. In what can appear a crowded equity fund market, Kenichi Amaki, Lead Manager of the Matthews Japan Strategy, says the Strategy offers real opportunities to tap Japan’s potential.

Matthews Asia Perspective  June 24, 2015

More than Modi, The Case for Indian Equities

The Indian equity market was one of the world’s strongest performers in 2014. But, so far this year, performance hasn’t been as spectacular. While the vision that Prime Minister Modi has for India is positive, expectations have run ahead of execution. So does the investment case for allocating to India’s equity market still hold? 

Market Update  April 15, 2015

Video: Ghostly? China's Property Market Reconsidered

While the media continues to predict China’s imminent collapse, Andy Rothman, Investment Strategist, shares insights from a recent research trip to the region and helps investors reconsider China’s property market. As the world’s best consumption story, Andy explains why he believes China’s very soft property market is unlikely to result in a housing crisis.  

Matthews Asia Perspective  December 11, 2014

Asia, Looking to 2015 and Beyond

In this Matthews Asia Perspective, Robert Horrocks, PhD, CIO and Portfolio Manager, outlines his reasons for optimism based on secular long-term growth drivers.

Market Update  June 02, 2014

Video: Andy Rothman, Perspectives on China

Andy Rothman, Investment Strategist, debunks some of the key misconceptions investors have about the world’s second-largest economy. China’s pace of growth remains high relative to other large economies, and it is occurring from a much larger base than before. As the drivers of structural growth shift from the public to the private sector, the growing pains are real but China remains the world’s biggest consumption story.

Market Update  January 16, 2014

Video: Investing in Growth in Asia

Taizo Ishida, Lead Manager of the Matthews Asia Growth Fund, talks about the 10 years of investing in the region, and the future he sees as Asia's incomes rise and the middle class develops.

Market Update  December 20, 2013

Video: Robert Horrocks on Dividends in Asia

When investors think about dividends, they often think in terms of yield. In this Citywire video interview, Robert Horrocks, PhD, CIO and Portfolio Manager, explains why he believes dividends play a more fundamental role in investment in Asia than just yield, and offers his views on the sustainability of growth in the region.