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Financial development in Asia : beyond aggregate indicators
Author:Didier, Tatiana; Schmukler, Sergio L.; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6761
Country:Asia; Date Stored:2014/01/27
Document Date:2014/01/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Emerging Markets; Debt Markets; Banks & Banking Reform; Mutual FundsLanguage:English
Major Sector:FinanceRel. Proj ID:1W-Capital Flows And Financial Integration -- -- P053639;
Region:East Asia and Pacific; South AsiaReport Number:WPS6761
Sub Sectors:General finance sectorTF No/Name:TF015108-KCP II - Firm Financing from Capital Markets; TF092859-KCP - CAPITAL RAISING ACTIVITY IN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS; TF098583-KCP II - On the use of domestic and international debt markets; BBRSB-BB RESEARCH SUPPORT BUDGET; TF040198-WORLD:; TF094565-KCP II - GLOBALIZATION, RISK, AND CRISES; TF010688-KCP II - Understanding Capital Flows to Developing Countries; TF040145-WORLD:; TF015022-KCP II - Institutional Investors; TF092864-CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF MACROECONOMIC VOLATILITY
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Summary: This paper documents the major trends in financial development in Asia since the early 1990s and the spillovers to firms. It compares Asia with advanced and emerging countries and uses both aggregate and disaggregate indicators. Financial systems in Asia remain less developed than in advanced countries but more developed than in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Bond and stock markets play a larger role and institutional investors have gained importance. Nonetheless, capital-raising activity has not expanded. A few large companies capture most of the issuances. Many secondary markets remain illiquid. The public sector captures a significant share of bond markets. The largest advancements in Asia occurred in China and India. But still in these countries, few large companies use capital markets to expand and grow, becoming much larger than nonuser firms. In sum, Asia's financial systems remain less developed than aggregate measures suggest, with few spillovers to many firms.

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