Morningstar's Guide to Investing in Asia

SPECIAL REPORT: Editor Emma Wall is in Asia finding out why bold investors should mind the bumps for long-term gains from the region

Emma Wall 23 November, 2015 | 1:43AM
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You would be hard-pressed to find a continent as disparate as Asia. Lumped together by geographical proximity, these 50 countries span half the globe – ranging from snowy Artic to desert to tropical jungle. They are commodity rich; in both natural resources and human assets – the population of the Middle East alone growing at a rate of 1.5% a year. This may not sound like much but it is the equivalent of adding a new Turkey or Egypt every 10 years.

You can find developed, emerging and frontier markets in Asia; economies producing cutting edge technology and those that rely solely on tourism for GDP growth, countries which are financial hubs and those that are manufacturing centres.

It is easy to group them together, fund managers' remits do after all, but in short, this region is far from homogenous. Asia and its different cultural nuances may be hard to understand, but these individualities create fantastic opportunities for long-term investors. There will be times when the market drops 30%, and companies which were spearheading positive returns last week may drag your portfolio under the next. But if you are bold, having Asian equities and bonds in your portfolio could be the difference which helps you reach your investment goals.

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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