In the Lap of Luxury Goods
Kevin Yeoh, a former Beijing-based fund manager with AMP Capital, sees potential profit lying in China’s luxury market. From Phillip Wen at Sydney Morning Herald:
Yeoh warns that any sort of direct play requires research, but he has some handy tips. He says investors should look at what the Chinese will want to buy during the next decade. He also prefers established Western companies with a healthy exposure to China’s growth, notably luxury-goods companies.
”Generally, you would think that the corporate governance would be better for Western companies,” he says. ”There’s going to be more disclosure, and it’s a lot easier to understand a luxury-goods company generally than some sort of Chinese internet company.
[...] The downside is that the appeal of luxury brands can be fickle, and the saturation of brands could render them unpopular. ”[Shanghai women] always pride themselves as the most sophisticated and elegant and most open to the West,” Yeoh says. ”When they see the mistresses of the Shanxi coalminers wearing Louis Vuitton … they need to be wearing something else.”
See more on luxury demand in China via CDT.