Your Investment Guide to Thailand

Your Investment Guide to Thailand

by Bruce Bickerstaff

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789749511862
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bruce Bickerstaff has more than twenty years' experience in professional and management roles in both the Australian government and private sectors. Over the past decade he has been an active investor and part-time resident of Thailand. Korn Chatikavanij is the Finance Minister of Thailand.

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Part A Getting Ready To Invest

1 Introduction 3

1.1 Background 3

1.2 Terminology 6

1.3 Structure of the book 7

1.4 Thailand Fast Facts 8

1.5 Legal disclaimer 10

2 Your Thailand Investment in Context 13

2.1 Investor mindset 13

2.2 Your financial "big picture" 15

2.3 Risk 17

2.4 Diversification and asset allocation 18

2.5 Opportunity costs 21

2.6 Getting professional help 22

3 Some Preliminary Steps 25

3.1 Creating your workspace 25

3.2 Choosing a bank 27

3.3 Bringing funds to Thailand 29

3.4 Visas and work permits 32

3.5 Marriage and estate planning 38

4 Doing Your Homework 43

4.1 Information in Thailand 43

4.2 The best sources 45

4.3 Some tips about getting information 48

5 The Thai Economy 51

5.1 Overview 51

5.2 Exports and imports 54

5.3 Currency 57

5.4 Interest rates and inflation 59

5.5 Foreign investment in the Thai capital market 61

Thailand's capital market, 2006-2008 65

Part B Your Investment Options

6 Investing In Thai Real Estate 69

6.1 Nature of the investment 69

6.2 Regulatory issues 72

6.3 Navigating the restrictions on land ownership 76

6.4 Other issues related to property investment 87

6.5 Further information 89

7 Investing In A Thai Business 97

7.1 Nature of the investment 97

7.2 Preliminary considerations and background research 99

7.3 Regulatory issues 103

7.4 The people factor 107

7.5 An international comparison 110

7.6 Further information 111

8 Investing In Thai Gold 115

8.1 Nature of the investment 115

8.2 Trends in investment 119

8.3 Regulatory issues 121

8.4 Further information 122

9 Investing In Thai Equities 125

9.1 Nature of the investment 125

9.2 About the Stock Exchange of Thailand 126

9.3 Historical performance of the set 128

9.4 Trends in investment 132

9.5 Trading on the set 132

9.6 Regulatory issues 134

9.7 Further information 136

Investor viewpoint: Dr. Marc Faber, Marc Faber Limited 141

10 Investing In Managed Funds 143

10.1 Nature of the Investment 143

10.2 Types of managed funds 144

10.3 Managed funds vs. direct share portfolio 146

10.4 Managed funds that can be traded on the set 150

10.5 Long-term equity funds and retirement mutual funds 152

10.6 Managed funds available outside of Thailand 154

10.7 Further information 155

11 Investing In Thai Debt 159

11.1 Nature of the investment 159

11.2 Bonds and debentures 160

11.3 Other forms of debt-related investments 165

11.4 Further information 169

Part C Finalising and Implementing Your Investment Strategy

12 Thailand: Comparative Position, Influences, And Outlook 175

12.1 International comparisons 176

12.2 Current influences 180

12.3 Future outlook 196

13 Implementing and Monitoring Your Investment Strategy 207

13.1 Determining your strategy 207

13.2 Selecting a stock broker and/or fund manager 213

13.3 Entering the market 217

13.4 Managing your portfolio 219

13.5 Exiting the market 221

13.6 A few suggestions 222

13.7 Further information 225

Suggested Daily Share Trading Routine 229

14 Conclusion 233

14.1 A final word on investors 234

14.2 A final word on investments 235

14.3 A final word on Thailand 240

Key investment Resources 243

Index 249

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