I was interviewed by Investor Story about a few topics, including my favourite investments, how I invest in real estate overseas, how I spot opportunities, my top advice for new investors, and opportunities I missed out on.
“Who are you and what’s your story?
I’m Ladislas Maurice, the founder of The Wandering Investor (www.thewanderinginvestor.com). I started investing from the age of 9 when I bought chickens, chicken feed, and started selling eggs to neighbours and family :).
My “real” investing career commenced when I started making good money moving up the executive ranks at the multinational food company Nestlé.
At the age of 30, after a few years on the executive board of Nestlé Ghana spent managing the dairy business for a few West African countries, I left corporate to dedicate myself to my true passion, which had always been investing. Since then, I’ve done real estate deals on four continents and have invested in a wide array of asset classes. I started The Wandering Investor as my friends kept asking me what I’m doing as they kept seeing pictures of me in exotic places, but without a “job”.
I now use this blog to document my investing and internationalization journey and hope to inspire and help people along the way.
What do you invest in?
I’ve come to be known as the emerging market real estate guy. It’s my absolute most favourite asset class. I like buying into macro stories of positive demographics and/or economic revival/reforms. In many such countries, listed equities are either non-existent, have few catalysts, or are simply not liquid enough.
However real estate is not only a hard asset, which is reassuring in the current environment, but often has multiple catalysts in place, especially cultural as real estate is the first thing people invest in as soon as they can afford to.
Additionally, I invest in listed equities in frontier markets such as Uzbekistan. Diversification is key, so I also invest in commodities and hold “normal” stocks in traditional markets such as North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Walk us through your process of identifying and executing on investment opportunities?
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