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Back In 2007 many financial publications such as money week suggested that investing in Asia was "dangerous". They said this was due to the fact that: "the US economy may collapse under the heaviness of the debt cloud that loomed above. The pending collapse would therefore crush the value of the dollar and ultimately kill the Asian economy."

Well, at least they were half right!

It is no secret that the Asian economy is booming and economists predict only further growth going forward. Please enjoy this week's issue of proSeed and check out our blog.

Investing in Indonesia

A decade ago Indonesia could be dismissed as the sick man of Asia, but hard-won economic and political stability has put the world’s fourth most populous country back on the global investment radar screen.

For the first time since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis that hit Southeast Asia’s largest economy the hardest, Japan’s rating agency upgraded Indonesian debt to investment grade this month.

There are also expectations that the world’s three leading rating agencies – Standard and Poor’s, Fitch Ratings, and Moody’s Investor Service – will make similar moves soon, analysts said.

“Where else can investors go to after China and India?’’ said Fauzi Ichsan, chief economist for Standard Chartered Bank Indonesia. “There are several things that make Indonesia attractive: It has political stability and it is the biggest market in Southeast Asia with 240 million people, a growing middle class, and abundant natural resources,’’ he said...Read on

Singapore's New Hedge-Fund Regulation Puts City `Back on Map'

Singapore hedge fund startups are on the rise after the central bank approved new rules that didn’t impose a licensing requirement on most funds.

Seven new hedge funds set up in May and June, according to Eurekahedge Pte, after the Monetary Authority of Singapore said in April that small funds can keep operating without a license as part of its review. The number of new funds last year fell 13 percent to 26, the lowest since 2003, as uncertainty over pending rule changes kept managers away, according to data from the Singapore-based industry researcher...Read on


Today's Blog

China vs. India: The Hare vs. the Tortoise

When you compare Asia’s two rising BRIC giants, China and India, China comes out on top by almost every measure. After all, China has grown at close to 9% over the past 30 years and has just surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy. Meanwhile, India threw off the shackles of its Hindu rates of growth comparatively recently in the 1990s, and has yet to break into the ranks of the world’s top 10 economies. The Chinese are also just plain richer. China’s per capita income is about six times that of India — $1,016 compared to $6,100 in China.

Very interesting article, check it out. Why not prosper financially in both places? I believe that the Asian economy - specifically the environmental finance industry - will not only be the next place astute investors will seek returns; but will ultimately revive the US economy.

Check out our blog and feel free to post your comments...

Alex Godin - Filmaker and Web Designer

Alex Godin is a rising Junior in high school in Hastings on Hudson, New York. He is currently working on a short documentary that focuses on social enterprises that are marketing to the bottom of the pyramid, (the 2.25 million people who make $2.50 or less per day) - specifically in India. The idea is that by selling products to the poor, we can provide sustainable aid and empower them by allowing them to make purchasing decisions.

Keep checking for his final product on you tube or wherever videos are available online. More information about Alex can be found on his website.

Alex's film focuses on 3 companies in particular:

d.light design International
LifeSpring Hospitals
Water Health International


proSeed's picks: environmental news

Tesla Reports 2010 Q2 Financials - Tesla has released the details of their 2010 Q2 financial performance, and it looks like things are coming up roses for the nascent auto maker. Sales are up, with nearly $27m in sales coming in — translating to a total of around 250 Roadsters shipped...Read on

Despite Losses, Asian Hedge Funds Draw Money - Hedge funds focusing on Asian investments experienced heavy losses in the second quarter, but that did not seem to deter investors from giving them more money. So why the paradox? It appears that changes in China’s monetary policy during the quarter attracted some investors hoping to benefit from a possible strengthening in that country’s currency against the dollar...Read on

GE and Pro Ventum Team Up for Thai Wind Farm Project - Pro Ventum International, a German wind developer, is partnering with GE for building a wind farm with 90 MW capacity in Thailand...Read on


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