ASX one of the world’s top for listings

(Australian Associated Press)

Australia has one of the highest numbers of publicly listed companies in the world and one of the highest global rates of share ownership, the corporate regulator says.

An Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) report released on Tuesday shows the Australian Securities Exchange has met its statutory obligations in relation to listing standards, which helps the equity market to fund growth and promote wealth and prosperity for Australians.

ASIC commissioner Cathie Armour said listing standards were particularly important in Australia because about a third of all adults hold publicly listed stock.

“The ASX has one of the highest numbers of publicly listed entities in the world,” Ms Armour said.

There are around 2,200 listed entities listed in Australia, about 200 fewer than the New York Stock Exchange or the London Stock Exchange.

In addition, equity funding was a major source of funding for Australian business, she said.

Ms Armour added that an enormous proportion of Australians’ retirement savings were invested in ASX equities, totalling about $500 billion of self-managed and other superannuation fund investments.

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