Pacific Rim Turmoil

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Pacific Rim Turmoil

This page shows several charts depicting some of the financial turmoil in the Pacific Rim.

Table of Contents

  • Instructions
  • Stocks
  • Currencies
  • Hong Kong 1997 versus US 1929
  • Downloads

    Instructions

    You can scroll down to the chart image below, or click the title above to jump right to it. The Adobe Acrobat (PDF) is also available for download. Just right click the chart, or jump down to the Downloads section.

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    These charts are updated through March 9, 1998.


    Stocks

    9803PacStocks.GIF (8683 bytes)

    This daily, Comparable Log Scale chart shows three Pacific Rim stock markets. Note that these are in local currencies, and do not reflect full extent of these declines from the perspective of a US$ investor.


    Currencies

    9803PacCurrs.GIF (7422 bytes)

    This daily, Comparable Log Scale chart shows the currencies (daily spot exchange rates) of the same five countries. The falling currencies magnify the stock market declines in the first chart.

    The Indonesian example:

    The Jakarta Composite Index (quoted in Indonesian Rupiah) fell from 740.83 on 7/8/97 to 339.54 on 12/15/97 (down over 54%).

    The Indonesian Rupiah was quoted at 2,363 Rupiah to the US$ on 1/2/97. By 1/23/98, it required 15,050 Rupiah to buy one US$ (down over 84%).

    From the perspective of the US, the Jakarta Composite Index fell from 30.46 US cents on 7/8/97 to 3.00 US cents on 1/23/98 (down over 90%).


    Hong Kong (1997) versus DJIA (1929)

    9803HKvsDJIA.GIF (7040 bytes)

    This Comparable Log Scale chart compares the recent action in the Hong Kong, Hang Seng stock index with the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1929.

    It is not intended as a forecast!

    Because both series are drawn on the same log scale, the declines can be compared directly on a percentage basis. Hong Kong has just witnessed a decline that is quite similar to the first leg down in the DJIA in 1929. It was significant in the US then, and it is significant in Hong Kong now.

    Downloads
    These are Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which you can view, manipulate and even print. If you aren't familiar with Acrobat, check the links below.

  • Pacific Rim Stocks (70 kb)
  • Pacific Rim Currencies (61 kb)
  • Hong Kong '97 versus DJIA '29 (52 kb)
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