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Half Of Uk Stocks Are Owned By Foreigners

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/half-of-uk-stocks-are-owned-by-foreigners-8839977.html

More than half of the value of the UK stock market is owned by foreign investors, according to the Office for National Statistics.

At the end of 2012, an estimated 53.2 per cent of the market value of British listed firms belonged to investors from the "rest of the world", up significantly from 43.4 per cent in 2010. At the end of last year, the total value of British stock markets was £1,756.3bn, making the stake of foreigners in UK-floated businesses worth around £935.1bn. The ONS said that in the early 1980s, the share of the stock exchange's value that was owned by foreign investors was just 3.6 per cent.

The amount of the stock market owned by non-British investors has been steadily growing over the past 30 years as global capital markets have liberalised.

So foreign money looking for home or more of a reflection that UK proles can't afford to buy shares?

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Is this news?

If the FTSE100 primarily represented the British economy then foreigners could be said to be buying up "Britain", but as most of it is populated by global or foeign companies who want a listing here then at 53% foreign holders of shares are probably under-represented.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/half-of-uk-stocks-are-owned-by-foreigners-8839977.html

So foreign money looking for home or more of a reflection that UK proles can't afford to buy shares?

Suggests that Osborne may be correct in fighting Europe regarding the bonus cap. Money not to paid to bankers (and taxed in UK) will just be paid to foreign shareholders as dividends instead.....

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/half-of-uk-stocks-are-owned-by-foreigners-8839977.html

So foreign money looking for home or more of a reflection that UK proles can't afford to buy shares?

What a totally useless excuse for a journalist. It doesn't even define "rest of the world"!

Globalisation ain't news: Brits own shares from around the world, and so do others. And of course there's another story here: your quote refers to "British Listed Firms", but those include a lot of non-British business.

Come to think of it, how many companies in the FTSE 100 are 100% British, or even close enough to pay all their taxes in the UK? SSE springs to mind, and the way they've just been clobbered by one politician's speech demonstrates the risk of too many eggs in one basket.

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FTSE 100 represent a global market. It doesn't have to be British to be listed in the London stock exchange. If you want a global exposure FTSE 100 is a good one to have in your basket in addition to S&P500. Many foreign companies are listed in the London stock exchange and many British companies are listed on foreign stock exchange.

One global equity fund based in UK that I know emulate global market by having 50% of FTSE100 and the rest heavy on S&P500 and NIKKEI. So if having 50% foreign ownership is normal for this type of index.

Sensationalism news article what a surprise.

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