I love Malaysia — its people, and the food. More importantly, it is a vibrant, growing country with some excellent investment opportunities. I’d like to share some of them with you today in this special report and video update from its capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia, with almost 30 million citizens (that’s about the population of New York and Pennsylvania combined), is the 29th-largest economy in the world. It’s also the third-largest in Southeast Asia ... behind only Singapore and Indonesia.
And Malaysia is enjoying an economic boom that almost defies gravity. In the last quarter, the Malaysian economy grew by 5.4%.
Below is a short video I took in Malaysia. You’ll be able to get a look at Malaysia’s domestic consumer economy via a walk-through the Kuala Lumpur City Center, or KLCC Mall. You can see for yourself how prosperous a nation Malaysia really is.
Click on the image above to view it now.
Or if you prefer, here is a direct link.
Speaking of Prosperity ...
Much of Malaysia’s economic boom is fueled by the country’s rich abundance of natural resources — mainly tin, copper, timber, palm oil, rubber and oil.
In the screenshot above, you’ll see behind me the twin Petronas Towers. That’s the home office of Petronas, which is a state-owned oil company.
Petronas has the responsibility of managing ALL of Malaysia’s oil and natural-gas assets. And depending upon what ranking you follow, it is somewhere between the 70th- to 90th-largest company in the world.
Petronas is so large, in fact, that it occupies 100% of one of the towers behind me.
There is so much oil in Malaysia that Petronas provides 40% of the government’s TOTAL revenues in the form of a special dividend.
Think about that. That would be like the U.S. government owning ExxonMobil (XOM) and getting a whopping 40% of total revenues from one single company.
That would solve our budget woes right away, wouldn’t it?
But Petronas is just one piece of Malaysia’s very healthy economy.
Asian Tiger No. 5?
You might have heard of the four roaring “Asian Tiger” economies — Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Malaysia, which is ranked 12th in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index for 2013 (up from 14 in 2012), is sometimes called the fifth Asian Tiger. Here’s why ...
In October, the Asian Development Bank raised its forecast for Malaysia’s GDP from 4% to 4.6%, despite cutting its overall forecast for the rest of developing Asia, largely on the strength of its export industry.
Malaysia has achieved 14 continuous years of trade surplus, and nearly 70% of those exports go to its Asian neighbors. This makes it fairly immune from the problems in Europe and the U.S. In fact, only 8.3% of Malaysia’s exports are to the United States.
The country has grown to be quite prosperous. Its per-capita GDP is $15,600 per person. To give that some perspective, the per-capita GDP in China is $8,500 and $11,700 for Brazil.
The ONLY Asian countries with higher per-capita GDP numbers are Singapore, Japan and Korea.
As you can imagine, rising prosperity here is translating into consumer spending and strong retail sales.
Keep a Close Eye on These Consumers
In my service The Asian Century, I show subscribers how to make money from the powerful buying patterns of the Asian consumer. And in Malaysia, consumers are also doing their part to this insatiable consumption beast.
Here’s one good reason why you want to watch this group. The Malaysian government is providing incentives to keep its domestic economy humming. For example, the pending 2013 budget proposal even includes a $65 rebate for 1.5 million of its low-income citizens to purchase smartphones.
However, the real opportunity for investors right now is with the existing Asian buying class.
As they earn bigger paychecks and consume more products ... many of which are made (or designed) here in the United States ... they are providing huge profit opportunities right here on the U.S. exchanges.
In fact, my subscribers just grabbed up to a 66% gain in three weeks in an option play on a U.S. beverage maker, plus up to an 18% return on an Asia-based casino stock in just about eight weeks.
To see why I call this The Asian Century, and to find out how you can get on board my next play on this prosperous — and potentially profit-making — consumer class, simply click here now.
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11-16-2012 1:13 PM