Central banks can only slow, not stop, currencies from moving when fundamentals dictate a shift. That means you, Malaysia and Thailand.
Investment flows turned against Asia-Pacific in the first quarter of this year, but the most promising markets look poised for another wave of hot money in the second half of 2011.
China, at last, is getting serious about rebalancing. At the National People's Congress, the country's annual legislative session which concluded this week, leaders unveiled a new five year development plan.
Beyond the devastating loss of life and livelihoods, why should we care about the impact of these Australian natural disasters? The answer is simple, and very clear on the rioting streets of Egypt: commodity price inflation.
Win Viriyaprapaikit has a smile on his face. Since he signed an agreement in late August to buy a steelworks in northern England from Corus, the price has fallen by over $22m in baht terms.
Thailand, known to many as Asia's center for cosmetic surgery and sex-change operations, is beginning to lose its competitive edge in the medical tourism space, according to analysts.
Thailand's automobile industry is making a strong comeback following the global financial crisis, supported by robust recovery in demand.
Thailand's tourism sector is recovering fast and strong since the political unrest in May, said Dillip Rajakarier, COO of Minor Hotel Group on CNBC.
Thailand's stock market is poised to climb higher over the next three to four months and could cross the 1,100 mark next year, various experts told CNBC on Wednesday.
Consumer demand is making a comeback in Thailand just months after the nation suffered the blows of a political upheaval.
Thailand's political turmoil earlier this year may have taken a toll on investor confidence, but businesses have remained upbeat about its economic prospects.
As Western economies struggle to reign in their crippling deficits while boosting growth and maintaining financial stability, leaders should take a page out of Thailand's economic handbook, advised Korn Chatikavanij, the country's Finance Minister.
A few months after Thailand was gripped by a crippling political crisis that led to bloody protests in Bangkok, the country has achieved greater stability and is on track to meet its growth forecast this year, the country's prime minister Abhisit Vejajiva told CNBC on Monday.
South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and others in Southeast and East Asia are benefiting from an export-driven regional boom and the lessons of a financial crisis a decade ago.
Fears of a double-dip recession are good for markets, as this will pressure global central banks to stay liquid, said Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group.
With money managers increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for global economic growth, more are looking for emerging markets in Asia to outperform.
Under fierce pressure to cut costs, large Japanese companies are increasingly outsourcing and sending white-collar operations to China and Southeast Asia, where doing business costs less than in Japan. The New York Times reports.
Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Friday.
The market won't retest its March lows, but it will turn choppy around January or February, said Joe Quinlan, chief market strategist at Bank of America.
Thailand is a country in transition. It was just three years ago when a coup replaced head of state -- Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Since then, the country has remained challenged. Most recently in April, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency after attempts to topple his government.