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CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN TREASURE

It has been 20 years since the Asian financial crisis and the memory of the crash lingers on. However, a more open mind could lead to unexpected returns

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SUMMARY

• 20 years after the Asian financial crisis, Asia looks much more stable both economically and politically.

• Asian equity markets have enjoyed a strong start to 2017 and remain cheaper than developed markets.

• Nearly 50% of asset allocators want to increase their exposure to the region in the next 12 months.

Whenever a sector or region goes through a traumatic period, it’s inevitable that investors should wonder if it will happen again. With this in mind, it seems incredible that July this year marked the 20th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis. A sharp fall in the Thai currency in early July 1997 caused a domino effect that tore through the region, with the Hong Kong market plunging 10% in one day and the Indonesian economy shrinking by 85% in the aftermath.

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This month we look at investing in Asia, 20 years on from the region’s crippling financial crisis. We also chart the move into alternative assets and ask if the sector is verging on bubble territory, and we find out why doing nothing in a portfolio is often the best investment strategy of them all.
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