Southeast Asia's star is rising, writes Helman Sitohang

No matter how you slice it, Southeast Asia's importance as a financial market has grown during the past decade and it remains an opportunity not to be missed.
Helman Sitohang
Helman Sitohang

When FinanceAsia.com began covering the Asian financial markets 10 years ago, Southeast Asia was still grappling with the fall-out from the Asian Financial Crisis. But 10 years later, after the most serious global financial crisis in a generation, the outlook for Southeast Asia is brighter than at any time in my career.

Take Indonesia for example, Southeast Asia's biggest economy and the place where I joined Credit Suisse in 1998. Few countries were as profoundly affected by the Asian crisis as it was, but Indonesia today is a global emerging markets star. We forecast that real gross domestic product GDP growth will average 5.6% per year from 2010 to 2014 and 6.5% per year...

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