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Sheilla Nyasha ORCID logo, Nicholas M. Odhiambo ORCID logo


This paper highlights the origin and development of the Australian stock market. The country has three major stock exchanges, namely: the Australian Securities Exchange Group, the National Stock Exchange of Australia, and the Asia-Pacific Stock Exchange. These stock exchanges were born out of a string of stock exchanges that merged over time. Stock-market reforms have been implemented since the period of deregulation, during the 1980s; and the Exchanges responded largely positively to these reforms. As a result of the reforms, the Australian stock market has developed in terms of the number of listed companies, the market capitalisation, the total value of stocks traded, and the turnover ratio. Although the stock market in Australia has developed remarkably over the years, and was spared by the global financial crisis of the late 2000s, it still faces some challenges. These include the increased economic uncertainty overseas, the downtrend in global financial markets, and the restrained consumer confidence in Australia.

Keywords: Stock Market, Australia, Stock Exchange, Capitalization.

How to cite this paper: Nyasha, S., & Odhiambo, N. M. (2013). The Australian stock market development: Prospects and challenges. Risk Governance and Control: Financial Markets & Institutions, 3(2), 39-48.