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Credit Crunch and the Asian Tigers

by Samuel Mathew, Regional Product Head – South East Asia, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

US slowdown and the Asia de-coupling theory

The extent of globalisation and the interdependence of the global financial markets are more evident today than ever before. One could have never imagined the impact of risky home loans in the US on the global equity markets and on the balance sheets of investment banks which invested in these risky assets in the secondary market.

When the first signs of trouble started surfacing early this year, the jury was divided on the resultant impact on Asia.