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Global Economic Challenges Reawaken Market Volatility

In the two weeks since China devalued its currency, asset prices globally have undergone sharp declines—in stocks, bonds, commodities and many currencies, especially among emerging markets. The sell-off in global markets accelerated last Friday and continued Monday, with global and regional indexes nearing or entering their first correction (a drop of 10% from the most recent peak) in several years.

August 25, 2015

Asia: Sound Fundamentals Suggest No Repeat of 1997–1998 crisis

Anthony Chan
Senior Vice President and Global Economic Research Analyst

While Asian currencies have been quite unstable in recent months, comparisons with the Asian Financial Crisis are over the top, in our view. External positions of the region’s economies are in a much healthier state today. A big problem, however, is that global export demand has remained sluggish for so long, depriving the currencies of a key source of strength.

October 9, 2015