International stocks also declined as much as 60 percent. Luckily, the Asian financial crisis was stemmed somewhat due to financial intervention from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. However, the market declines were also felt in the United States, Europe, and Russia as the Asian economies slumped.
References Pacific Basin Notes. This series appears on an occasional basis. The collapse of the Thai baht in July was followed by an unprecedented financial crisis in East Asia, from which these economies are still struggling to recover.
A great deal of effort has been devoted to trying to understand its causes.
One view is that there was nothing inherently wrong with East Asian economies, which have historically performed very well. These economies experienced a surge in capital inflows to finance productive investments that made them vulnerable to a financial panic.
That panic—and inadequate policy responses—triggered a region-wide financial crisis and the economic disruption that followed Sachs and Radelet An alternative view is that weaknesses in Asian financial systems were at the root of the crisis.
These weaknesses were caused largely by the lack of incentives for effective risk management created by implicit or explicit government guarantees against failure Moreno, Pasadilla, and Remolona and others Asian crisis below.
The weaknesses of the financial sector were masked by rapid growth and accentuated by large capital inflows, which were partly encouraged by pegged exchange rates.
While the two views are not mutually exclusive, their policy implications vary greatly. If, however, weaknesses in the financial sector were important contributors to the crisis, reforms are indeed essential.
Boom and bust in Asia Operating in an environment of fiscal and monetary restraint, most of East Asia enjoyed high savings and investment rates, robust growth, and moderate inflation for several decades. Starting in the second half of the s, rapid growth was accompanied by sharp increases in asset values, notably stock and land prices, and in some cases by rapid increases in short-term borrowing from abroad.
After the mids a series of external shocks the devaluation of the Chinese remnimbi and the Japanese yen and the sharp decline in semiconductor prices adversely affected export revenues and contributed to slowing economic activity and declining asset prices in a number of Asian economies.
In Thailand, these events were accompanied by pressures in the foreign exchange market and the collapse of the Thai baht in July The events in Thailand prompted investors to reassess and test the robustness of currency pegs and financial systems in the region.
The result was a wave of currency depreciations and stock market declines, first affecting Southeast Asia, then spreading to the rest of the region. Disruptions in bank and borrower balance sheets have led to widespread bankruptcies and an interruption in credit flows in the most severely affected economies.
As a result, short-term economic activity has slowed or contracted severely in the most affected economies. Some argue that these runs reflected a classic financial panic that did not reflect poor economic policies or institutional arrangements.
As is well known, even well-managed banks or financial intermediaries are vulnerable to panics, because they traditionally engage in maturity transformation. That is, banks accept deposits with short maturities say, three months to finance loans with longer maturities say, a year or longer.
Maturity transformation is beneficial because it can make more funds available to productive long-term investors than they would otherwise receive. Under normal conditions, banks have no problem managing their portfolios to meet expected withdrawals.
However, if all depositors decided to withdraw their funds from a given bank at the same time, as in the case of a panic, the bank would not have enough liquid assets to meet its obligations, threatening the viability of an otherwise solvent financial institution. As pointed out by Radelet and SachsEast Asian financial institutions had incurred a significant amount of external liquid liabilities that were not entirely backed by liquid assets, making them vulnerable to panics.
As a result of this maturity transformation, some otherwise solvent financial institutions may indeed have been rendered insolvent because they were unable to deal with the sudden interruption in the international flow of funds.
However, it is apparent that this is not the entire story, as the impact of the crisis varied significantly across economies. In particular, as investors tested currency pegs and financial systems in the region, those economies with the most vulnerable financial sectors Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand have experienced the most severe crises.
In contrast, economies with more robust and well-capitalized financial institutions such as Singapore have not experienced similar disruptions, in spite of slowing economic activity and declining asset values.
Indeed the collapse of the Thai baht in July and of the Korean won in the last quarter of were preceded by signs of significant weaknesses in the domestic financial sector, notably an inability by domestic borrowers to service their debts. In Indonesia, it became apparent after the crisis that domestic lenders could not monitor adequately the financial condition of their borrowers, a situation that worsened the severity of the crisis.
This suggests that understanding what factors contributed to weaknesses in the financial sectors of the most affected economies may help make them less vulnerable to financial crises in the future. Lack of incentives for risk management Two characteristics common in countries that have experienced financial crises were present in a number of East Asian economies.
First, financial intermediaries were not always free to use business criteria in allocating credit. In some cases, well-connected borrowers could not be refused credit; in others, poorly managed firms could obtain loans to meet some government policy objective. Hindsight reveals that the cumulative effect of this type of credit allocation can produce massive losses.The latest Tweets from Asian Crisis (@uchiha_saga).
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