Asian markets draw ever closer

Increasing interconnectedness in Asian financial markets has boosted the region in recent years, but means a major financial shock would have more impact than ever before.

Here’s the good news: thanks to relatively strong fundamentals and good policies, Asian economies have coped well with the global market turbulence of recent years. Now the bad: a major financial shock – say, of type ignited by the bankruptcy of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008 – is likely to have a substantial impact on Asia. The reason: Asia’s increasing financial interconnectedness.

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