Summary of Financial Crises in Emerging Markets

An Essay on Financial Globalization and Fragility

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Financial Crises in Emerging Markets book summary
Grab this lifejacket before launching your financial ship into the churning seas of emerging markets.

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This slender, surprisingly thorough volume provides an insider’s view of four region’s storm-tossed financial crises (Latin America, ’82, Mexico ’94, Asia, ’98 and Russia ’98). Author Alexandre Lamfalussy, a key figure at the Bank for International Settlements during some of these crises, discusses the history of these events and the problems confronting crisis managers at the time. He lays out the critical background facts of each crisis and draws clear commonalties and contrasts among them. He also offers thoughtful, reasonable prescriptions for avoiding, minimizing and managing future crises. Then, he points out some little-discussed aspects of globalization in the developed world, which contributed to the crises. Though Lamfalussy’s style is dense and somewhat academic, his content is worth the work. getAbstract recommends this book as valuable reading (and a financial lifejacket) for anyone doing business or investing in an emerging market, for corporate executives working abroad and for public policy makers worldwide.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The causes of financial crisis in four emerging markets
  • What common features the disasters share
  • How to reduce the risk of financial catastrophe
 

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The Impact of Four Regional Economic Crises
Many developing countries have been hit by financial crises since the early 1980’s. Examining four major emerging market crises - Latin America (1982-83), Mexico (1994-95), Asia (1997-98) and Russia (1998) - offers a way to explore the impact...
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About the Author

Alexandre Lamfalussy was president of the European Monetary Institute from 1993 to 1997. He has served as general manager of the Bank for International Settlements. He is now a professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Catholic University of Louvain.


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