Asia Regional Integration Center

Tracking Asian Integration

ADB Working Paper Series on Regional Economic Integration No. 139 - Business Cycle Synchronization in Asia: The Role of Financial and Trade Linkages

Oct 2014

Y. Dai examined the behavior of business cycles in Asia using People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the United States as “reference countries” to study the synchronization of their business cycles with other Asian economies. Potential determinants include trade linkages, financial linkages, and policy similarities. Read more.

ADB Working Paper Series on Regional Economic Integration No. 140 - From Spaghetti Bowl to Jigsaw Puzzle? Addressing the Disarray in the World Trade System

Oct 2014

J. Menon examined the rise of mega-regionals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which suggests that the world trade system is fragmenting to the point it appears more like a jigsaw puzzle than a spaghetti bowl. There are both regional and global jigsaw puzzles to be solved—in that order—to clean up the world trade system. But is this even likely? Read more.

ADB Working Paper Series on Regional Economic Integration No. 138 - World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Assessing the Level of Ambition and Likely Impacts

Sep 2014

This paper by S. Hamanaka assesses the level of ambition of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF) from two angles. First, the use of softening language in each provision is examined. Second, the final agreement is compared against the draft text prepared before the Bali conference. Then, the paper considers the likely legal, economic, capacity-building, and reform-inducing impacts of the ATF. Read more.

RCI Chat October 2014

Oct 2014

ARIC releases October 2014 issue of its monthly newsletter, RCI Chat. It tracks regional cooperation and integration news in Asia focusing on cross-border infrastructure, trade and investment, money and finance, and regional public goods. This issue also highlights an infographic about regional productivity trend and its impact on growth. Subscribe to RCI Chat.

Available for Download: IMF Outreach Presentation and ADB Seminar Series on REI on the 'IMF 2014 Spillover Report'

Sep 2014

PDF copy of IMF Senior Economist Sweta Saxena's presentation at the 26 September IMF Outreach and ADB Seminar Series on Regional Economic Integration (REI) on the 'IMF 2004 Spillover Report is now available for download.



20 Oct 2014

  • PRC  GDP
  • EA  Current Account
  • JPN  Leading Index
  • GER  PPI
  • HKG  Unemployment
  • KOR  PPI
  • PRC  Fixed Asset Investment
  • PRC  IPI
  • PRC  Retail Sales

21 Oct 2014

  • HKG  CPI
  • JPN  Exports
  • JPN  Imports
  • JPN  Trade Balance
  • TAP  Unemployment
  • US  Existing Home Sales

22 Oct 2014

  • US  CPI
  • JPN  PMI
  • PRC  PMI

23 Oct 2014

  • KOR  GDP
  • PHI  Imports
  • PHI  Trade Balance
  • US  Housing Prices
  • NZL  Exports
  • NZL  Imports
  • NZL  Trade Balance
  • PRC  Leading Index
  • TAP  IPI
  • UKG  Retail Sales
  • US  Leading Index
  • EA  Consumer Confidence
  • EA  PMI
  • EA  PMI
  • EA  PMI
  • FRA  PMI
  • FRA  PMI
  • GER  PMI
  • GER  PMI
  • US  PMI
  • VIE  CPI
  • US  Jobless Claims
  • PHI  Monetary Policy
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Daily Market Watch

Currency Per US$      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
Euro 0.78 0.05
Japanese yen 105.87 0.05
Bangladeshi taka 77.30 0.00
  • 1 16 Oct 2014
  • 2 From previous close
  • Depreciation(-) Appreciation (+)
  • Source: Datastream
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Stock Indices      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
US Dow Jones Ind Avg 16,117.24 -0.15
US Nasdaq 4,217.39 0.05
US S&P 500 1,862.76 0.01
  • 1 16 Oct 2014
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Datastream
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Commodity Prices      Latest Closing1  %Chg2
All Metals 232.88 0.00
Aluminum 1,888.00 0.21
Brent Oil 86.29 3.81
  • 1 16 Oct 2014
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Bloomberg and Datastream for cotton prices
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Interbank rates
  Latest Closing1  %Chg2
PRC 2.54 0.01
Hong Kong, China 0.22 -0.01
India 8.01 -0.04
  • +Except for Hong Kong (1-Month HIBOR);
    Sri Lanka (1-Day SLIBOR)
  • 1 16 Oct 2014
  • 2 From previous close
  • Source: Bloomberg
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