Tai­wan in­vestors set most am­bi­tious goals: sur­vey


Tai­wanese in­vestors rank No. 1 in the world in terms of ex­pec­ta­tions of re­turns on in­vest­ments, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by Legg Ma­son Global As­set Man­age­ment.

In­vestors in Tai­wan are on av­er­age seek­ing a 10.6-per­cent rate of re­turn. The ac­tual rate of re­turn, how­ever, is 7.3 per­cent, and the ex­pec­ta­tion gap of 3.3 per­cent is greater than the global av­er­age of 2.4 per­cent.

The sur­vey also found


lo­cal in­vestors ex­hibit a more con­ser­va­tive in­vest­ment at­ti­tude. Up to 72 per­cent claim to be very or some­what con­ser­va­tive, well above the 59-per­cent global av­er­age.

In­vestors in Tai­wan are in­creas­ingly look­ing be­yond their home mar­ket for in­vest­ment op­tions, said Len­nie Lim, Legg Ma­son’s man­ag­ing direc­tor and re­gional head in Asia. About 83 per­cent of in­vestors in­tend to fo­cus on in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ments in the next year.

Al­most nine in ten in­vestors hold for­eign in­come pro­duc­ing in­vest­ments, the sec­ond high­est num­ber in the world af­ter Hong Kong. With re­gards to the top in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tions, China, the U.S. and Ja­pan are the most fa­vored.

In­ter­est­ingly, while the ma­jor­ity of Tai­wan in­vestors are in­ter­ested in main­land China, the in­ter­est is not re­cip­ro­cated as only four per­cent of Chi­nese in­vestors view Tai­wan as the top in­vest­ment mar­ket in the next 12 months.

The sur­vey was con­ducted on a to­tal of 200 lo­cal in­vestors, whose in­vestable as­sets av­er­age US$1.6 mil­lion and an av­er­age age of 50.

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