Going Regional: How to Deepen ASEAN’s Financial Markets
53 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2012
Date Written: January 2012
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.
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, G15
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