Shanghai Development Coming

This is certainly worth reading about. A new coalition which includes Shanghai Land Group, subway operator Shanghai Shentong Metro and railway builder Pudong Railway will be transforming an area in Shanghai into a booming business area that will include offices, shops and cultural locations. They have 254,300 square metres in Pudong with a combined gross floor area of 1.37 million square meters.

Learn more here.

Hong Kong’s Young Investing Overseas

Many young people from Hong Kong have been investing overseas. As one young person said, “My income will never catch up with the galloping home prices in Hong Kong,” she said. Instead, she bought a flat in Bangkok, where she goes to visit twice a year.

Hong Kong home prices are expected to rise another 10-20% in 2018. The city is actually ranked as the world’s least affordable for home buying by the Demographia Housing Affordability Survey. Flats there cost, on average, 18 times the annual median income.

Wealthy young investors have also set their sights on Tokyo and Osaka in Japan. Growing in China has recently raised $335 million in a funding round that was led by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. They are a Chinese care trading site and are looking to expand in auto-financing and to potentially hit the American market. Alibaba is actually going to become the biggest backer of the site and they will integrate it into their own e-commerce services.

SouChe founder Yao Junhong said, “We are considering a U.S. IPO for next year, potentially towards the end of the year. But our finances are strong so we may not have to do it.”

Hong Kong Hopes to Change Restrictive Tax Exemption Laws

The Hong Kong government is hard at work to change the restrictive tax exemption laws that it currently has on private equity funds; they are hoping that by doing so they will be better positioned to compete with Singapore and other markets. Financial Secretary Paul Chan explained recently in a blog post that changing the laws would help them to attract more private equity funds in Hong Kong.

Learn more about the issues and see how the government is trying to deal with the situation.

Japan Airlines Expanding to Thailand

Japan Airlines is going to be increasing flights to the UK, Thailand and to other destinations in October. Their goal is to attract more business travelers and to raise their profitability. Currently, they fly one round trip daily between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and London.

Currently, JAL has one round trip a day from Narita International Airport outside Tokyo to Bangkok

Learn more about their plans and get ready for their expansion.

More Opportunities for Indian College Graduates in the Far East

It’s certainly interesting to use Indian engineering colleges and other schools as a financial barometer. In the last five years, Indian schools such as the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have seen international openings for their students in Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and the UAE. It used to be that applicants could only look at the US and UK for such jobs. As Sapna Agarwal, the head of career development services for IIM Bangalore has seen,

“Over the past five years, we have seen a definite shift. Postings in the US and the UK have become almost negligible. Postings in the Far East, including Singapore and Hong Kong, have increased. Japan is a new destination. The Middle East has been added as an overseas job destination.”

As Debasis Deb, the chairman of the career development centre IIT Kharagpur said,
“The demand for IIT graduates has seen a consistent growth from newer countries including Taiwan and Japan. IIT graduates are hired by architecture firms in Singapore, while mostly electronics firms in Japan pick our graduates.”

Read the full article for more details.

Vietnam Real Estate: A Great Option for Investors

Asia investors looking for new opportunities should set their sights on Vietnam, a promising, exciting country. The price of real estate has been climbing at a rapid pace as a reaction to two key stimulants; the housing downturn of 2009 to 2013 created a situation from which the country is now recovering, and the Housing Law and the Law on Real Estate Business have allowed foreigners and Vietnamese expats to legally own, transfer and sell real properties.

For investors looking forreal estate in a five-star hotel, Vietnam has many options to choose from. One such investment opportunity is with Amanoi Luxury Resort, located near the Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province along the southeastern coast. This high-end hotel offers villas to the savvy investor who is also interested in an exceptionally peaceful setting. Nestled within the incredible coastline of Nui Chua National Park with spectacular views of the Vinh Hy Bay, each villa offers much of what the hotel experience provides, but with the added benefit of being an investment.

Villa owners have access to the private beach, the spa, and the other incredible facilities offered by the resort.

Other types of investments are also flourishing in the newly liberalized real estate investment environment. During the third quarter of 2016, the total sales of all homes and apartments expanded by almost 50 percent above the year’s second quarter. The year to year growth came to 193 percent for the same quarter the previous year. About 71 percent of the transactions contributing to this boom were for townhouses.

Considering a real estate investment in Asia? Taking a good look at the Vietnam option should be at the top of the list.

Australia Partnering with Asia

Australia Trade Minister Steve Ciobo is in Jakarta again for talks about the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), which the countries hope to have finalized by the end of the year.

As Mr. Ciobo said, “What today’s GDP figures show is that we can’t be complacent about growth, we have got to maintain vigilance, not only with respect to our domestic reform process but also with respect to opening up opportunities for Australian exports.”

He continued, “I believe that the Asian region in general appreciates that trade and engagement with the world is crucial to higher living standards in the future and that is a point of contrast to other parts of the world where they have adopted a more protectionist approach.”

Mr. Ciobo explained that he wanted to reduce the tariff barrier for Australian sugar. As he said,

“Australian sugar exporters currently face a higher tariff barrier then other sugar exporters throughout the region. I want to make sure that, if we possibly can, we can reduce that tariff barrier.”

According to the article, Australia is also negotiating about the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This is a trade deal which would be with the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) and also with China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and New Zealand.

Singapore An Up-And-Coming Financial Center

You may not be paying much attention to Shanghai, but you may want to start. According to a recent survey by the Global Financial Centers Index, Shanghai is one of the top picks among the world’s cities to be a significant global financial center in the coming years. Other new cities that should be watched are: Qingdao, Shenzhen, Dalian and Beijing. The index is based on statistical data and a poll of financial professionals.

Certainly, London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo remain as five of the leading centers in the ranking this year. Singapore was 42 points behind New York, and ranked third. Hong Kong ranked fourth. Tokyo was in fifth while Sydney was actually 11th and Melbourne was 24th.