The MSCI Asia ex Japan (AxJ) Index rose by 1.6% in US dollar (USD) terms. Year-to-date (YTD), the index returned 22.8%, outperforming MSCI World by over 12%. MSCI Taiwan was the best performer in June, up 4.1% in USD terms driven by technology stocks. In Korea, share price performance of Samsung Electronics boosted MSCI South Korea.