Impediments to Cross-border Investments in Asian Bonds

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2005 - Business & Economics - 58 pages
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Following the Asian financial crisis, the development of local currency bond markets in each of the APEC economies as well as regional bond markets has received the highest priority among financial market policy-makers. Bond markets are considered as an alternative vehicle for domestic savings mobilization and also as a critical means of mitigating the dual mismatch problems of currency and maturity. However, tangible achievements have yet to materialize. The appeal of Asian bonds as evidenced by cross-border investments is dismally insignificant. Given the limited level of market activities associated with foreign investment in Asian bonds and with the supply of local currency or foreign currency denominated bonds issued by foreign borrowers in Asia, this study is designed to identify the types of impediments to cross-border investment in Asian bonds and to propose policy recommendations.

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•Douglas Arner is Associate Professor of Law and Deputy Director, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong.

•Paul Lejot is Visiting Fellow, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong.

•S. Ghon Rhee is K.J. Luke Distinguished Professor of Finance and Executive Director of Asia-Pacific Financial Markets Research Center, University of Hawaii. 

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