Largest Stock Exchanges in Asia

Following are some of the largest stock exchanges in Asia:

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) - It was listed in 2000 and is one of the world’s largest exchange owners based on the market capitalization of its shares. HKEx offers a variety of securities and derivatives such as shares, futures, options, Exchange Traded Funds, and structured products.

Bombay Stock Exchange (India) – It is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. In August 2010, the equity market capitalization of the companies listed on the Exchange was US$1.78 trillion, making it the 4th largest stock exchange in Asia.

Tokyo Stock Exchange (Japan) - It is the second biggest stock exchange in the world by aggregate market capitalization of its listed companies. Members of the Tokyo Stock Exchange include Allied Telesis, Banc of America Securities, Barclays Capital, Bear Stearns, BNP Paribas, Century Securities, Credit Suisse First Boston, Daiwa Securities, Dresdner Kleinwort, etc.

Osaka Securities Exchange (Japan) – It is the second largest securities exchange in the country, in terms of amount of business handled. The Exchange provides a marketplace for transactions of securities, securities related futures and options.

Karachi Stock Exchange (Pakistan) - It is the largest and oldest stock exchange in the nation, located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. On 26 December 2007, the KSE 100 Index reached its highest value ever and closed at 14,814.85 points.

Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE, China) - It is the world’s sixth biggest stock market by market capitalization at US$2.4 trillion as of August 2010. In 2009, listed companies raised RMB 334.315 billion on the Exchange through IPO and new share placement.

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