There is a deluge – actually a swamp – of research that seeks to entice foreign investors into potentially rich markets. Some come from the financial institutions eager to bolster their portfolios and thereby their presence in those emerging and frontier ‘promising lands’. Some come from the boards of investment and associated agencies of national governments.
What much of this research has in common, though, is a desire to soft-sell these markets. In short, what is produced – to varying degrees – is a glossed-over version of the realities on the ground. There are oceans of study citing economic factors and indicators, but important though these are, they too often pay scant regard to the underlying currents – the social, religious, political and judicial underpinnings which determine whether these markets stand on rock or sand. And it is the investor who ultimately can pay the price for that deficit.
Similarly, there are elements that drive negative agendas through their market appraisals. More often than not these are politically motivated and place ideological interests above those of investors. Western mainstream media are particularly culpable of presenting a skewed picture of any country or administration with which it has doctrinal differences. For that reason we constantly urge caveat lector.
All this is precisely why we are launched The Volatilian™, a tracking system, updated daily, that is not beholden to any government or any financial institution, nor will it be brow beaten by damaging partisan media interests. Our purpose is to paint the investment landscape as it is. No varnish; no sprig of parsley. The potential for reward will be plainly stated and the risks of achieving such reward will be made clear.
What overseas investors need to know is whether they can make a reasonable return on their money. That’s not rocket science; it’s simply evaluating the pro-and-con factors of a deal – something they do every day. And with objective and impartial intelligence that process will be made easier and no longer susceptible to the predilections of financial institutions and the machinations of governments, nor the political whims of an agenda-propelled media. Risk, of course, is the ubiquitous fly in the ointment. The job of The Volatilian™ is to explain the size of the fly and where it is in the ointment.
Our eventual aim is to cover the markets which comprise the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (or, Asean). Our flagship product is The Volatilian™ Conference which will provide an interface between overseas investors and the governments that seek to attract their funds. In the run-up to each conference, this website will be exclusively given over to news-analysis of the featured country and the sectors of its economy to be covered at the upcoming conference. The first of these gatherings — to be staged in the Philippines — is in the process of being arranged. News and regular updates of this event will be carried on this website.
The purpose of these forums is to stage full and frank discussions on the risks which investors face and the real concerns which they have. In other words, government PR will be checked at the door along with the rose-tinted spectacles of the investment banks. It is in everyone’s interest to get honest and seek solutions. And, at the end of the day, if the investors cannot be reassured, then the conference will have done its job.
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