These charts illustrate how Asian and global stock markets reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic, with market reaction closely following local outbreaks and then moving in unison with global markets amid other shocks.
The region's strong fundamentals limit the risk of foreign exchange volatility.
The region’s infrastructure bond market is still at a nascent stage.
Evidence shows that green and social finance are associated with positive environmental and social outcomes and can contribute to a more sustainable world.
Tax revenue can be raised in a fair and reasonable way to provide much-needed public services and support the poor and disadvantaged still reeling from the pandemic.
Research shows bigger local bond markets help countries strengthen their financial systems and their economies.
Total factor productivity growth in middle-income countries depends on innovation, human capital, and infrastructure.
With the right policies in the sustainable finance market, Southeast Asian governments can add momentum to the region’s post-pandemic recovery and improve lives through the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The transition to global net zero to address climate change must be both ambitious and fair. Otherwise, it will not achieve its goals nor will it obtain the vital public support required over the long-term.
Countries with better information and communication technology, particularly internet access, were able to do more activities online during the pandemic, which cushioned the adverse effect of COVID-19 on economic activity.