Top Three Markets Of South East Asia

The mood seems to be quite upbeat for ASEAN capital markets and investing in South East Asian ETFs (a visible trend of the past year) will rise further in all likelihood. The region which will inhabit more than 300 million middle class families by 2015 is attracting a fair amount of foreign investments through institutionalised channels and interestingly through the broader options. Foreign Investors including Americans vested in South East Asia markets are now looking beyond exclusive Singapore ETFs and towards wide spectrum products that are centric on fast emerging markets like Indonesia, Malaysia and even frontier nations like Cambodia which has posted one of the strongest economic growth figures for 2012.

This side of Asia has remained indeed very strong even during the Global economic crisis. European distress and despair in terms of its overall economy still continues to top the news and even in the United States unemployment figures remain significantly high. China too, may remain slower for all current year’s quarters amidst weak exports and low investments in the country and a testimony to that is World Bank degrading China’s growth rate by 2 %. South East Asian economies and their consolidated returns on the other hand may outperform with higher growth rates than Brazil, China, India or even Russia in the coming fiscal year.

A cross border trading platform and aggressive M & A activity will go a long way in stirring investor’s interest. Good corporate governance ensures strong fundamentals and the players of the ASEAN community seem robust. Indonesia and Malaysia, both should very well suffice their real growth outlook of +6% for the current year. The newest country of the region, Myanmar along with Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam is poised to display highest growth rates in Asia, which will reflect profitably on their most active trading partners like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Business Activity of the area is well represented by a united body called ASEAN – The Association of South East Asian nations. It comprises of 10 nations namely – Indonesia, Laos, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines and the majority of economic activity is concentrated in four of these nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. According to International monetary fund (IMF) the GDP growth rate for Malaysia is expected to be 4.7% for the year 2013, Indonesia is expected to grow at the rate of 6.3% in 2013 and for the same year Thailand and Singapore’s growth level is predicted to be 7.5% and 3.5%. In fact this entire region has a strong upward future GDP growth rate.

Investors, who have experienced nothing but a perpetual gloom form the Euro Zone and American exchanges may mull a focus on to other emerging economies in Asia especially the ones that form the ASEAN League where a better growth forecast in the near term is thriving on increasing domestic consumptions and demands backed by good governance of the policy makers.

Buying into ASEAN 40 Index ETFs is encouraged on the pretext of their immunity to the western crisis, and United States on the road to its recovery has added more favorable conditions. In order to avoid certain risks like market volatility, geopolitical and liquidity problems; an ETF approach seems the right way to go. This is due to its basket methodology and overall flexibility when it comes to trading. Invest in Southeast Asia tracking the performance of the FTSE ASEAN 40 index encompasses the largest and the most liquid companies of the five vital nations of the said region (Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore). These funds that normally charge an expense fee up to 65 basis points annually also benefit their participants in form a dividend yield along with high annual value growths.

A Visit to Rebel – Held Area in Asia

We started our journey towards Kilinochchi and reached the Omanthai Military Check Point, the Northernmost Frontier of the Sri Lanka Army in the mainland and stopped for clearance.

Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene spoke to the Military Officials and we were cleared after a few procedures and set on our journey towards North. In a few minutes’ time by passing the No Man Zone, we reached the LTTE Check Point. I spoke to an LTTE member who questioned me about our mission. I explained our mission and introduced the German team and others there. I told we had already informed the Political wing of the LTTE about our mission.

They were highly concerned about our mission as we were about to visit the Mulaitivu region which is an LTTE stronghold. The German Television crew had come with satellite equipment for direct transmission of disaster immediately from the spot. We thought whether we would be facing any difficulties because of the security issues. But we had been cleared and were on our way to Kilinochchi.

While we were traveling we found both sides of the highway were a blend of dense forests and the paddy lands created a lot of excitement within me. Peacocks were everywhere, busily foraging in the paddy lands.

After two hours of our journey we reached Murukandy, a stopover for passengers where a small Hindu temple is found. It has become a tradition for passengers to stop there and worship the God, which was enshrined in that small temple especially if they were Hindus. Others too used to stop there as a pastime and buy a variety of foodstuff available there. We too stopped for a while but not very long, as we were already late according to our schedule to reach Kilinochchi. We had to arrange accommodation for more than twenty-five persons. I was highly worried as there were fifteen German nationals, and they would expect reasonable accommodation for the night. When we reached Kilinochchi it was early night.

We went to meet LTTE’s media spokesman who was coordinating our mission in the LTTE-controlled areas. He was startled at the number of people on our mission. He asked his subordinates to look around for places to accommodate us. Visiting NGO members and the media people had already occupied the available places. We were stalled for a couple of hours.

The German T.V. crew and the German Praktikum (Internship) students were in their vans for hours and it was sad to see their situation. Some of the youths who came with us from a local T.V. channel started to scold me, as I was the coordinator in those areas. But I had to pacify them saying after all it’s a relief mission, and we were prepared to bear the hardships.

Some how or other the LTTE’s Political Wing found accommodation and I had to take some of the German students to the lodgings, which had been arranged for them. My responsibility had been narrowed down. The German Television crew had also been assigned a place.

Some of the students were asking whether their rooms were equipped with mosquito nets. I had to find rooms with mosquito nets for them. But one room with nets, I had to reserve for a Sinhalese couple as promised. I had taken some extra care that they should not feel that they had been discriminated in a Tamil area. I had told the students I had to keep that room for the couple. All the students got rooms with mosquito nets in that complex except two students. Then I went to the LTTE’s Political Wing office to check what was happening there.

AGSEP’s Director Dietmar Doering said he would be staying where the female students and some of the AGSEP staff were staying for their safety and went with them. The young Sinhalese couple got a room at the LTTE’s Political Wing office. The incident might be as surprising as an Israelit couple taking night shelter at the office of the Palestinian rebels.

I returned to one of the lodgings, where the students were staying and got into the room, which had a mosquito net, which became available, as the couple had found room at the Political Wing. I was a little worried staying in my room because of my German friends. Would they have any misgivings about me? So, I knocked at their room doors, but got no response from them.

The exhausting day-long journey had overcome them with deep slumber.

How Have These Famous Health Channels Crafted Their Health Logo Designs?

Branding is important for TV channels. Their logo designs reflect the true essence of their business.

Let’s have a look how these famous TV channels have designed their health logo designs:

1. Food network:
This TV channel airs shows about food, cooking and healthy life style. It was launched in 1993 and is owned by Scripps Network and Tribune. During this time, their brand mark has seen quite a few alterations. Their initial emblem as crafted with green colored italic fonts with a circle behind the business name. This design was used from 1996 till 2002. Their current trademark is much more attractive and energetic. It consists of a red colored circle with the channel name inscribed in it. The text in the circle is white colored with italic effects that makes it imaginative and sophisticated. Overall, the design is chic and elegant.

2. BBC – Lifestyle:
This channel was first launched in 2007 in Singapore and is owned by BBC Worldwide. Although it replaced BBC Food, it still caters to the same audience and the programs aired here are related to food and fitness. Their monogram consists of the traditional BBC mark in black and white colors with the word ‘lifestyle’ crafted in thick and straight fonts under it. The text is created with fonts that are easily readable and slightly curvy that makes them sophisticated and comfortable. The use of black and white colors for the emblem makes it ageless and chic. The white background makes it clean and compact.

3. Care world:
This is Asia’s only satellite channel dedicated towards physical condition and wellness. Compared to other monograms, it is quite colorful and attractive. It consists of the business name written in straight and thick fonts over a blue background. There is an image of a square with four colors; green, red, blue and yellow that adds colors to the entire image. The entire image is encased in a rectangular shape that encourages trust and dependability amongst the viewers.

4. Discovery Fit & Health
Discovery Fit & Health channel is owned by Discovery Communications. This channel is a merger of Discovery Health Channel and FitTv. It was launched in 2011. Their cardinal health logo is written in white colored text on a bright orange background. The channel name is enclosed in a square shape with text of different sizes. Although this is a daughter channel of Discovery, there is hardly any resemblance to the parent channel. This emblem is a little funky and informal. The use of orange color makes it energetic and lively. Overall, this emblem is a perfect design to represent good physical condition and fitness.

In a nutshell, this shows that these monograms were crafted to reflect the true essence of the business.