Taiwan and South Korea "Still Emerging Markets"

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Taiwan and South Korea "Still Emerging Markets"


Platt, Gordon, Global Finance


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Many thought this would be a breakout year for the Pacific Rim- the year two of its hottest economies would be designated 'developed markets.' But MSCI deemed otherwise. The global index provider declined to promote Taiwan and South Korea from the ranks of 'emerging markets,' despite the steps they had recently taken to court international investors. Both countries, it said, would remain under review for another year.

The latest review again cited the lack of full currency convertibility, including the absence of active offshore currency markets, and the rigidity of investor identification systems as reasons for not upgrading the countries. In the case of South Korea, MSCI said the country has put some measures in place to eliminate frictions and inefficiencies resulting from these accessibility issues. "However," it concluded, "feedback from investors indicated that their actual experience has seen limited improvement, as administrative constraints attached to these measures make them of limited effectiveness in practice." It added that anti-competitive practices related to stock market data have not yet been eliminated. …

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