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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Positioning for the next property boom

It is actually not so hard to read the future if we just focus on data. When I went to the Philippines and looked at property. I did so because it was my GF's place of birth. Upon preparing considerable research however I realised that this country has a lot to offer, and that the impediments to it realising that potential were in the process of being eroded. The remaining obstacles in the Philippines are primarily:
1. Institutional framework - whether tax collection, procurement, policing, management
2. Infrastructure - mainly telecommunications
3. Regulation - land zoning, civil disturbance, market price regulation
4. Service - contracts, service culture

This is a huge pool of problems, so it will take some time to deal with these issues. I can nevertheless see evidence that these issues are slowly being addressed. The implication is that once the Philippines comes out of this market slump, it will be one of the best performers. Why?
1. Greater restrictions on land use
2. Greater capacity for debt leveraging
3. Greater investment from Filipinos abroad
4. Greater investment in regionally-based call centres
5. Strong population growth - currently 2% per annum
6. Continued roll-out of telecommunications infrastructure
7. Compliance measures to increase tax collection by BIR

It will take a long time to convince people that the Philippines is anything but a failed state; and in fairness it is just the start. I offer this advice to allow you to position for a counter-cyclical investment in a promising market. Thailand and Vietnam have shown us what we can expect from a reformed market economy.
Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com

The best investment opportunities

The best investment opportunities. There are not too many great investments in an economic contraction like this, but there are some. I would suggest the following:
1. gold stocks - Stimulus will eventually result in govts printing money.
2. Precious metals - Silver, platinum, palladium all good.
3. CFDs or derivatives in precious metals - mind you, you are taking a counterparty risk
4. Foreclosed property in Japan - outlook not great now, but great yields outside the city, premature to buy in the city CBDs. Outer fringe areas make great buying, rural areas always good for lifestyle. Sooo cheap! You could buy a house for as little as $10-20,000 due to depopulation.
6. Rural property in NZ - City property is overpriced, but if you dont need to work in the city, or want to rent, then prices are modest, and the NZD is at a low point for foreigners earning USD,JPY,EUR. The NZD has fallen from USD0.80 to USD0.50. So great currency trade in beautiful country, no capital gains tax or transfer taxes, no GST on property. People will say the economy is in bad shape. Yeh, that's why its cheap. Its a counter-cyclical investment, but when cheap, sell when currency recovers in 4-5 years. The 9% budget deficit will turn around like it did in the 1990s. Expect compulsory super to boost savings.
7. Property in the Philippines - regional property is more appealing, as it will benefit from more call centres going there. Yes, during a contraction, call centres are still shifting to the Philippines. More are being set up in smaller regional centres rather than Metro Manila as the infrastructure improves.
You can find more info by searching Google for foreclosed property. A lot of Westerners are doing it, and it makes sense if you are living there for a few years. Japan & the Philippines property markets are among the most under-leveraged and did not have the big gains. That will be important when the global economic activity finally picks up.

Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com

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