South Korea: Stock market capitalization, percent of GDP

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 South Korea

Stock market capitalization as percent of GDP

 Latest value 132.86
 Reference 2020
 Measure percent
 Source The World Bank

For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 1979 to 2020. The average value for South Korea during that period was 50.72 percent with a minimum of 5 percent in 1983 and a maximum of 132.86 percent in 2020. The latest value from 2020 is 132.86 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 67 countries is 99.07 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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The stock market capitalization in South Korea and other countries is calculated as the number of shares traded on the stock exchange times their prices. It is a measure of the size of the stock market in the country. It is usually reported as percent of GDP so that we can evaluate the size of the stock market relative to the size of the economy.

Stock market capitalization of about 50 percent of GDP and more is an indication of a well developed stock market. Yet, in most countries the stock market almost does not exist. The capitalization there is close to zero.

Have in mind that a large stock market capitalization does not necessarily mean that the stock market is active. The stock market could be composed of a few large companies whose shares are seldom traded.

Definition: Market capitalization (also known as market value) is the share price times the number of shares outstanding (including their several classes) for listed domestic companies. Investment funds, unit trusts, and companies whose only business goal is to hold shares of other listed companies are excluded. Data are end of year values.
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