Worldwide equity market shares: US- 47%, Western Europe – 27%, Asia – 18%

Asian-Pacific equity markets comprise approximately 18% of total world market capitalization, with Asia-Pacific excluding Japan at just 9% of total. US markets comprise 47% of global market capitalization, with Western Europe markets taking up 27%. Since Asia/Pacific exchanges still face considerable competition from their much larger global counterparts, integration is particularly useful for smaller exchanges here to build critical mass.

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