How today's turmoil will shape tomorrow's markets

Intra-regional integration cushions Asia-Pacific economies from the global turmoil, while falling inflation rates open the way for monetary stimulus.

No region's financial markets are the same, but few are as varied as those in the Asia-Pacific region. And the geographic size of the countries in this region is not always in direct proportion to the size of the respective economies.

Standard Poor's Ratings Services covers 14 markets here, ranging from Vietnam, with its per capita GDP of about $4,000, to Hong Kong at $44,000 and China at about $2,400. The state of the region's financial sectors reflects the range,...

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