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Global trends to influence Asian financial assets

Lower oil prices are more driven by abundant supply than restraint in demand and the most visible positive demand shock will be felt in the US, as consumers will be able to spend more, however Asian countries with positive net oil imports will also benefit.

Mr Duret: "Out of necessity, institutional and private investors are progressively moving away from a pure domestic investment base."

THERE are two global phenomena that we believe will influence the behaviour of Asian financial assets: central bank actions and low oil prices. Monetary policy adjustments could create moderate volatility for Asian fixed-income assets and currencies, while low oil prices will support Asian...

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