To buy or sell stocks, bonds, futures, options or other securities, you need to place an order through a third party that can transact business with the exchange where the security is traded. The primary option would be to find a broker, investment advisor or exchange member that is authorized to place trades on an Asian exchange.
A stock broker or commodity broker could be local to where the exchange is located, outside of the country where the exchange is located or it could even be an online trading platform. Dependent upon where you want to invest, it may be challenging to understand your trading options so it is helpful to utilize a broker listing resource to know what your best options may be.
Our broker listing resource is country specific to where the exchange is located. There are brokers, investment advisors and trading platform options for Asian exchanges in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China (includes Hong Kong), Georgia, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
To learn more about which brokers have the ability to trade in each country, click on a country link above to begin your search.
Emerging markets in Asia are expected to grow by 5.9% in 2017. The growth forecast for 2018 is 5.8%, which reflects a more cautious view on the pace of the turnaround in external demand.
In 2017, foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to developing Asia are expected to increase to $515 billion as an improved economic outlook in major Asian economies is likely to boost investor confidence. In major recipients such as China and India, renewed policy efforts to attract FDI could contribute to an additional increase of inflows.
Asia has made quite a major impact on the global investment landscape. There has been a change in the investor base of Asian companies. A greater number of international investors are now recognizing the region’s favorable long-term prospects and rising wealth levels across Asia has allowed more individuals to invest their own money into equity markets.
The net result has been a significant improvement in corporate governance standards as investors demand companies move to higher international standards, with greater transparency and better capital allocation.
Over the past 15 years, Asia has demonstrated the strongest dividend growth globally with a dividend yield for the overall market being higher than in the United States and only slightly below Europe. In addition, governments across the region are implementing reforms to encourage companies to return more cash to shareholders via higher dividends, particularly among Chinese state-owned enterprises.
There are positive signs around capital allocation in South Korea, where authorities have pushed through reforms to make it more tax efficient for companies to return cash to shareholders. Dividends will become an increasingly important driver of returns across regional equity markets.
Asia offers cheap valuations relative to developed western markets and seems well positioned for long-term growth.
The government of India’s focus to liberalize industries has steadily attracted a range of foreign firms. Since the “Make in India” program launched in 2014, the manufacturing sector has grown. FDI experienced 46% growth in 2015-2016 with inflows of $55.5 billion. India has emerged as one of the fastest growing major economy's with a projected GDP growth rate of 7.4% in 2017, 7.6% in 2018 and a growth rate above 7.0% until 2020.
Growth in China is robust and despite concerns around heightened debt levels, industry surveys of business activity and indicators of growth suggest further expansion. In addition, Hong Kong has growth that has been accelerating due to strong external demand and robust investment.