London: Financial Capital of the World
For centuries, London’s resilient markets and institutions have powered the world’s economy. Through business and economic cycles and amidst times of great change and challenge London Stock Exchange has supported businesses by connecting them with capital.
London’s DNA is international. It has always been a global financial capital. That is as evident now as it has ever been.
London stands in the middle of the world’s trading day. It is open from when the Asian markets close, right through to the opening and trading on the North American markets, overlapping with 27 markets globally. We support global trade with a range of solutions, including our International Order Book which offers investors access to some of the fastest growing markets through London.
Supporting international issuers
Indicative of London’s internationalism, 75% of the revenues generated by companies in the FTSE100 come from outside the UK. Companies operating worldwide that choose London to IPO are supported by an equally international investor base; approximately £8.5trn in assets is managed in London, having tripled since 2009. Currently, over a third of our 2,000+ issuers are international, operating across 100+ countries. Last year, there were over 200 issuers from 47 countries listed on our bond markets and 72 sovereign bonds from 20 countries.