Asia by numbers

Asia’s rising economic importance makes it impossible to ignore. The region is home to around half of the world’s population. It is growing twice as fast as the global average, and China is now the leading trade partner to the U.S. and the European Union. A huge domestic market, young workforce and growing middle-class population underpins the region’s vast potential. At the corporate level, the wide choice of quality companies makes Asia a stock-picker’s haven. The MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index has over 1,000 constituents across five developed countries and eight emerging-market economies.