Anyone who has followed the recent political strife in Thailand could be forgiven for thinking its capital markets would go quiet for a while. After all, the ousting by military coup of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was hardly an insignificant event.

Perception, however, is a strange business. People outside Thailand, watching events unfold on the television, view the situation as a crisis. Ordinary Thais, meanwhile, are not so unfamiliar with military coups and everyday activities have continued as normal.

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