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Asian Financial Crisis Redux?: Is Malaysia Set To Introduce Capital Controls, Currency Peg?

In July 1997, during the dawn of the Asian Financial Crisis, the Malaysian ringgit was heavily traded by speculators. The overnight rate jumped from under 8 percent to over 40 percent. This led to rating downgrades and a broad selloff of its stock and currency markets. By the end of 1997, Malaysia’s ratings had fallen many notches from investment grade … Continue reading 521 Origin Down

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How Can Nigeria Reach Its Full Potential?

By Ademola Adenle Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari must make science and technology a priority if the populous West African country hopes to flex its economic muscle. Buhari can achieve these goals by expanding the country’s economy and making it more globally competitive. An important step is to address the damage done to Nigerian science, technology and … Continue reading

New Silk Road: China And The Economic Integration Of Europe And Asia

By Chas Freeman China’s “The Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” or officially called the “one belt, one road” project aims to bring into being a new economic order on the Eurasian landmass. Everything from the Atlantic to the Pacific is to be connected through hyper-efficient infrastructure and new institutional linkages. … Continue reading

China’s New Silk Road Initiative Is Credit Positive For Emerging Markets Involved, Moody’s Says

China’s ambitious New Silk Road initiative — that aims to deepen the country’s economic integration with more than 40 countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe by creating an unbroken transport and infrastructure network to boost connectivity — is credit positive for the emerging market sovereigns involved, Moody’s Investors Services said on Tuesday.    Moody’s says … Continue reading

China’s New Silk Road: One Belt, One Road — More Than Just A Geopolitical Game

By Danyi Yang & Mark McNamee Ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed to build a cross-regional economic plan in 2013 to strengthen trade and investment partnerships across Asian, European and African markets, China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative has been attracting worldwide attention with its massive scale and immense potential economic impact. China’s Master … Continue reading

Vietnam Equities Lead Southeast Asia As Government Is About To Remove A 49% Foreign Ownership Cap

Vietnamese equities are outperforming the rest of Southeast Asia as the government is to remove a 49% foreign ownership cap in September. The Vietnamese stock market has climbed 13.4% and is leading gains in Southeast Asia followed by the Philippines so far this year. Investors are preferring large cap names as they offer more liquidity. Here are … Continue reading

Thailand’s Political Unrest Poses Risk For Fragile Economic Recovery

By Karl Sorri On the face of things, the military junta in Thailand has restored some much-needed stability to the country after waves of violent protests in early 2014. However, there are many flashpoints that still pose significant political risk for the future. Since 2001, Thailand has been rocked by political upheavals between the Shinawatra … Continue reading

As Spending Slows In Indonesia, President Jokowi Weighs Cabinet Reshuffle

By Qingzhen Chen Indonesia is predicted to grow at a much lower rate due to slow government spending. While expectations of a new cabinet has been widely anticipated in recent weeks, President Jokowi has yet to confirm such a change as he struggles to find loyal staff. Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank have … Continue reading

India’s Modi Can Lead South Asia’s Regional And Global Integration

By Sourabh Gupta India’s domestic and international economic choices have not always been the wisest. At independence, India was determined to transcend the distorted pattern of economic integration with the world that two centuries of exploitative colonialism had engendered. But in the process, it ended up effectively locking itself out of global trade and investment … Continue reading

With Elections Approaching In The Philippines, Investors Remain Cautious

By Qingzhen Chen With presidential elections in the Philippines less than a year away, uncertainty regarding the future of economic policies has caused investors to remain cautious. The Philippines have experienced huge improvement under President Aquino’s administration. His administration’s economic reform has led to solid economic growth, and his anti-corruption campaign has improved governance. Last year, … Continue reading

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