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What Was Hot And What Was Not - Great Thai Investments Of 2011
Gold was again No.1, but three of the top six investments of 2011 were property-related. More details in E-book version 1.4 of "Your Investment Guide to Thailand", which is available at a substantial discount this Valentine's Day (14 February 2012).
By: Bruce Bickerstaff
The list below shows the performance of a selection of Thai investments over a twelve month period (refer note 1). The list is ordered on the basis of performance in 2011, with the respective rankings for each type of investment in 2010 and 2009 shown in brackets. Thailand’s core inflation rate is included within the list as a point of reference.
1. Gold +16.34% (2010-6th/2009-
2. Return on private money lending - based on legal max. 15% (2010-7th/2009-
3. Single detached house with land (sale) +12.16% (2010-15th/2009-
4. The Thailand Fund (offshore fund) +6.68% (2010-4th/2009-
5. Bangkok condo (average rental yield for all sizes of condos) +5.8% (2010-8th/2009-
6. Thai managed fund/property (average of 35 funds) +5.31% (2010-9th/2009-
7. SET average dividend yield +3.72% (2010-13th/2009-
8. Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Total Return Index +3.69% (2010-2nd/2009-
9. 2-year fixed bank deposit (median value) +3.13% (2010-12th/2009-
10. Thai government bond yield (average of 14 bonds) +3.12% (2010-11th/2009-
11. 1-year fixed bank deposit (median value) +2.93% (2010-14th/2009-
12. Thai managed fund/Fixed-income (average of 300 funds) +2.73% (2010-17th/2009-
13. Thailand Core Inflation Rate +2.66% (2010-18th/2009-
14. 3-month fixed bank deposit (median value) +2.58% (2010-16th/2009-
15. Savings deposit bank account (median value) +1.38% (2010-19th/2009-
16. iShares: MSCI Thailand Fund (offshore fund) +0.25% (2010-1st/2009-
17. Thai managed fund/equity (average of 219 funds) -0.7% (2010-3rd/2009-
18. Thai managed fund/mixed (average of 114 funds) -1.35% (2010-5th/2009-
19. Thai managed fund/fund of funds (average of 146 funds) -5.85% (2010-10th/2009-
The ongoing volatility of the Thai investment market is demonstrated by the fact that only four out of eighteen investments achieved a top five ranking in more than one out of the past three years, and none feature in the top five all three years running. The renewed dominance of gold comes as no great surprise, but it is interesting to see that property-related investments filled three of the top six positions in 2011.
Your Investment Guide to Thailand provides a step-by-step guide to help expats establish themselves in Thailand, in a personal financial sense. It contains a detailed briefing in relation to each of the main Thai investment options, namely: Stocks (shares), mutual funds (managed funds), gold, bonds and bank accounts, real estate, and investing in a business. The Guide also features an in-depth discussion concerning Thailand’s current and future potential as a venue for personal investment. Finally the Guide provides common-sense guidelines pointers in relation to developing a Thai investment strategy that will dovetail with each investor’s own personal financial plan.
The Guide was written by Australian expat, Bruce Bickerstaff, and features a foreword by former Thai Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij, as well as a contribution from respected financial market commentator Dr Marc Faber.
‘Your Investment Guide to Thailand’ was released in early 2010, and has since become recognized as the foremost English-language reference in relation to the Thai personal investment landscape. Feedback from readers has been consistently positive – see for example this review that recently featured in The Nation newspaper:
May 2011 saw the launch of an updated hard-copy version of the Guide, with the initial e-book version appearing a few months afterwards. E-book version 1.4 has just gone live, featuring further updating and revision based on recent developments and newly-released statistics.
To celebrate this milestone, on Valentines Day (14 February) the cost of the e-book version of the Guide will be reduced by more than 50%, to USD9.99 (refer note 2). The price of the hard-copy version of the Guide will remain unchanged, with author royalties being donated to the Ayui Foundation (www.ayui.org)
We invite you to take advantage of this special offer to buy your loved one a copy of the 'Guide'. Help steer them away from financial train-wrecks, and avoid the horror of watching them spend hour upon hour typing out tales of woe for the salacious delight of the readers of various online fora. You know, those stories along the lines of “only invest in Thailand, what you are prepared to walk away from”. The 'Guide' truly is a gift that keeps on giving.
Note 1. This is a somewhat simplistic analysis and should not be used, in isolation, as a basis for making investment decisions. To accurately determine net returns it is necessary to consider costs (financial and otherwise) related to each form of investment, the level of applicable risk, and your own specific financial circumstance (for example, the applicability of certain tax incentives). Finally, past investment returns are no guarantee of future performance.
Note 2. This discount offer only applies to the e-book version available at: http://www.amazon.com/
Outside the USA, Amazon adds a small variable surcharge to the list price (approx. USD2 in Thailand).
Further details from Bruce Bickerstaff
Web sites (author) www.burning-
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Your Investment Guide to Thailand was published by Silkworm Books in January 2010, with a revised version being released in May 2011.
The first e-book version was launched in August 2011 - see http://www.amazon.com/
Details concerning this publication can be accessed at www.burning-