Smaller Asian nations, namely Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea, will lead global growth over the next year, asst management, private equity and hedge fund executives said in a survey conducted by RBC Capital Markets.

Sixty-nine percent of the 108 asset management executives surveyed expect Asian equity markets to rally over the next year, and 73% said smaller Asian economies have better prospects for growth in the next year. This is followed by 66% pointing to India, China (65%), Russia (51%), Africa (44%), Europe (43%), North America (42%) and Japan (27%).

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