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As of June 22, MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index -- a gauge of the region's most-tracked stocks outside of Japan -- had dropped around 18% this year compared to the last six months of 2021 -- the biggest half-year decline since late 2011.
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Inflation, supply chain disruptions dampen Asian stocks

Interest hikes in emerging markets create uncertainties this year

TSUBASA SURUGA, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

SINGAPORE -- Emerging Asian markets are on course for the worst half year in over a decade, as investors retreat from large tech companies in the region, while recession fears build up.

Heavy rate hikes by central banks, the repercussions of China's severe lockdown and global supply chain disruptions are behind the investors' deteriorating sentiment. Analysts say regional markets may struggle to attract capital inflows this year, with the pace of central bank interest hikes creating the main near-term uncertainty.

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