Perspectives - James Lin

10-year anniversary


When I returned to Taiwan in 1980 to join the banking industry, the foreign exchange market was still under very tight control and interest rates were not liberalised. There was no such thing as market risk management for banks and very limited tools for asset/liability management. Even for credit risk management, only the basics were covered - mainly risk grades and industry concentration.

In the two or three years following the Plaza Accord in 1985, the US dollar dropped from Yen230 to a

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