The minimal market reaction from Thailand’s military coup is not what might be expected in a such a situation. Martial law usually make investors and businesses very nervous.
Yet, the Thai bhat has not moved by much versus the US dollar and the stock market is down some 2%. Asian markets have risen to about a five-month high despite the turmoil in Thailand. But, it is early days.
The paradoxical outcome is due in part to the frequency of coups in the country. This is the 12th coup d’état since the absolute monarchy was replaced in the 1930s, and there have been seven other attempts. In short, the military is a constant presence in Thailand.