Quake may increase Japanese Investment in Southeast Asia Economies

Many Southeast Asian countries export to Japan. The Japanese market accounts for about 20 percent of Indonesia’s exports and 17 percent of what the Philippines sends abroad, down to smaller amounts from countries including Cambodia, Laos, and Singapore.

Thai-Japanese symposium to boost trade and Investment

Thailand and Japan have been trade partners for over 120 years, with Japan being Thailand’s second most important market after China. Last year, Thai exports to Japan totaled US$20.42 billion, up 11.5 per cent in terms of value.

How Japan disaster will affect Thai economy ?

Damage estimates are up to US$183 billion, amounting to as much as 3 per cent of Japan’s gross domestic product, according to Credit Suisse economist Hiromichi Shirakawa and analysts at Barclays Capital, whereas other experts said the Japanese economy will contract for two straight quarters.

Japanese investment in Thailand unaffected

The recent unforgiving quake and tsunami in Japan will not affect Japanese investment in Thailand worth totally 700 billion baht during the past five years, according to the Japan Extent Trade Organization (JETRO).

Bank of Thailand concerned over Japanese investment

BoT Governor Dr Prasarn Trairatvorakul believed that the Thai economic growth should not be affected much by the catastrophe in Japan based on initial assessment although Thailand and Japan have very close trade and investment.

London, Paris and Frankfurt top three cities for investment potential.

Overall, Europe’s cities show many attractive local ingredients for investment and growth, but the general investment climate in Europe is poor, relative to the pulling power of the markets in Asia and Latin America.

Cross Border Real Estate Investment up 60 % in 2010

Global Cross Border Volumes Reach US$130 Billion in 2010; Up 60 Percent Year on Year According to Jones Lang LaSalle. Global cross border investment increased by 60 percent year on year and accounted for 40% (US$130 billion) of all direct commercial real estate investments in 2010 (US$318 billion), according to new research from Jones Lang LaSalle’s global capital markets experts. This proportion is equal to the boom years of 2006-07.

China will launch first hedge fund in March

The asset management arm of Shanghai-based Guotai Junan Securities Co. will launch a financial product in early March that may become China’s first hedge fund, the aim of which is to hedge systematic risks on the A-share market through short-selling the country’s stock index futures.