Going Regional: How to Deepen ASEAN’s Financial Markets
Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista
Asian Development Bank
Eli M. Remolona
Bank for International Settlements (BIS) - Monetary and Economic Department
Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 300
This study identifies the key issues involved in the further development and deepening of financial markets in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). For the smaller ASEAN countries, the first priority is the development of the banking system. In the larger ASEAN 3 economies, banking systems are already reasonably well-developed, while stock markets and government bond markets have evidently achieved critical mass even while remaining purely domestic markets. The tug-of-war between the geography of information in the direction of more localized markets versus the critical mass required by network externalities makes the case for regional integration stronger for corporate bond markets than for other financial markets. The study proposes three bold initiatives to develop a deep and liquid regional corporate bond market.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 53
Keywords: asean, capital controls, capital flows, cross border capital flows, capital markets, international capital, regional cooperation, financial markets, financial market development, financial systems, bonds, bond markets, corporate bonds, banking systems
JEL Classification: E42, E44, E63, E65, F33, G15working papers series
Date posted: April 3, 2012
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