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Jonathan Pain


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Investment Strategist

Jonathan Pain is a Director of JP Consulting NSW Pty Ltd. He has 28 years of international investment experience having led investment teams in London, Bahrain and Australia.

Jonathan holds a joint honours degree in Economics and Politics from Keele University and a Masters degree in Finance from Exeter University.

Jonathan is the author and publisher of a widely read investment newsletter, The Pain Report. He is well known for his contrarian views and is a regular speaker at investment conferences and seminars.

The Pain Report provides an independent and global perspective of the financial markets and the world economy.

In numerous speeches and articles, he highlighted the unsustainable levels of debt and the housing bubble in America, and his warnings of the impending crisis have been acknowledged by respected commentators such as Alan Kohler and Graham Rich.

In 2009 he said that we all faced a ‘New Reality’ and that the world was divided between those nations that were submerging and those that were emerging.  In 2010, he suggested we needed an IMF (Intergalactic Monetary Fund) to bail out Greece.

Over the last several years, he has repeatedly said that the most significant and defining economic phenomenon of our lifetime is the rise of the Asian middle classes.

Having been born in South Africa and lived in Lesotho, Swaziland, England and Bahrain, Jonathan now calls Australia home.

Presentation Topics Include

Where are we going and are you ready for the new reality?

In his presentation, Jonathan Pain takes his audience on a journey around the world from West to East, via the Middle East.

He begins the journey in America and travels through Europe, stopping in Athens, London and Rome. We visit Cairo, to witness the winds of change blowing through the region, and travel to the Persian Gulf. Your trip includes stops in Chongqing, Ho Chi Minh and Singapore, before arriving in Australia.

He  believes that the most significant and defining economic phenomenon of our lifetime is the rise of the Asian middle classes and that they will be a major force in shaping and defining our economic destiny here in Australia and the wider world.

We have all been mesmerised by the motorisation, industrialisation and urbanisation of the world’s most populous nation and we need to understand that the developing Asian nations are home to 3 billion consumers. It is not, however, just a story about China, but India, Indonesia and countries such as Vietnam, which rise like a Phoenix from a brutal history.

- Where does the nation of more beach per person than any other, sit in this great new divide between the submerging and emerging?

- Do we not have the benefits of being both an advanced and developed country, whilst being underwritten by the fastest growing nations in the world?

Jonathan will share his optimism for the ‘Lucky Country’ and why he believes we are so well placed to benefit from the tectonic shift in the global economic landscape and the insatiable appetite Asia has for our natural resources.

The New Reality is a story about where the world is heading in the years and decades ahead and the key factors that will shape and define the journey ahead.


Jonathan always focuses my mind on the important conclusions and ramifications of events, which are sometimes hard to see. Always invite him to speak. 
FPA Queensland State Conference

We have received excellent feedback from our clients and many said it was the best talk that they have heard for a long time. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and I am sure it will also add to our clients’ perception of Rothschild as a fund manager. 
Worley Securities

Congratulations on a professional presentation which was without doubt, the best of the conference. Accolades continue to roll in… 
Australian Financial Services Limited

As an absolute lay person in terms of world economics, I found the presentation very helpful in understanding the economic future. 
William Buck 2007 Economic Update

You were ranked the most popular speaker on our conference evaluation forms…generating comments such as first class, thought provoking, great passion, intelligent and relevant. 
Macquarie Investment Services

Feedback from the delegates indicate that your presentation at the conference was once again rated the very best overall…Congratulations. 
Australian Investors Association

Cuts through the issues in a language we can follow … excellent and superb, very inspiring …Jonathan put all facts in a perspective that no other economists have done. 
Lifespan Financial Planning

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