Infographic: the relentless rise of Asia's capital markets

On average less than half as deep as in the US, capital markets in the Asia-Pacific region are catching up rapidly. A new report says they are poised to explode in the coming decade.

Most economists would agree that having deep capital markets provides essential sustenance to  economic growth over the long-term.

Funding for companies through efficient and balanced capital markets improves productivity by ensuring capital is allocated more effectively and risk is better managed, increasing the capacity of economies to ride-out turmoil by having more diverse sources of funding than just bank lending.

According to research from New Financial, a UK-based think tank and the Global Financial Markets Association GFMA, capital markets globally, but particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, have the potential to grow massively in the next two decades.

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