An escalating war between Russia and Ukraine, rising energy prices, soaring inflation, climbing interest rates, a pandemic out of control in China, disruption in global supply chains, and intensifying geopolitical tensions between China and Taiwan. These have been the worries of investors in 2022.
Looking back on the stock markets in 2022, what would have an investment of 100K in USD, EUR, or local currency returned to an investor in Asia-Pacific? Our regular ranking shows the return for a US Dollar, a EUR, and a local investor over the last year. Continue reading “What a 100K Investment in Asia-Pacific Returned in 2022”
Three months are left until this year ends. Time for our quarterly snapshot of Asia-Pacific’s stock markets for the remaining period. October is statistically the month with the highest volatility in the year. November and December are often two well-performing months due to the tendency for a year-end rally. However, many market participants are waiting for a cleansing and final sell-off in this bear market. Continue reading “APAC Markets: A Lousy Year so Far”
What a 100K USD, EUR, or local currency investment would have returned in Asia-Pacific’s stock markets over the last half-year. Our regularly ranking shows the returns for a USD-, EUR-, and local-based investor.
The highest return, with 9.4 percent, would have made a EUR investor in the Indonesian stock market over the first six months of 2022. The most significant loss, with 27.7 percent, would have experienced a USD investor with South Korean shares over this period. Continue reading “What a 100K Investment in Asia-Pacific Returned in H1 2022”
A look at the performance of the stock markets in January may give clues on how the markets could continue to develop over the next couple of months. The month of January is supposed to have some predictive power for the rest of the year. It shows how major market participants position themselves at the beginning of a year and in which markets the money flows in or out. Studies for the US market show that if January ends with a positive return, the probability that the year will end with a profit is around 90 percent. Although this statistic is valid for the US market, we can see similar effects for other stock markets. Continue reading “APAC Markets: First Trends in 2022”
Gong Xi Fa Cai again! Kung Hei Fat Choy! According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Year of the Tiger, or more precisely the Year of the Yang Water Tiger, has just begun on February 1st. In China and around many other countries in Asia, no important decision is made without looking at astrology and feng shui, at least a little. Astrology and feng shui is also influencing investment decisions in Chinese culture. The resulting self-fulfilling prophecies should therefore not be underestimated. Continue reading “Year of the Tiger – The Cat Will Show Claws”