The New City by Kenneth Durham (auth.)

By Kenneth Durham (auth.)

The Eighties have been a interval of remarkable swap for the town of London. "The New urban" not just explains and money owed for those adjustments, yet goals additionally to isolate and talk about the broader matters that come up from them.

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The huge market in Eurobonds was dominated at this time by American brokerage houses who were not restricted by the distinction between broking and jobbing capacities. They could buy and sell bonds on their own account and then deal from their own stocks with clients. This gave them a major advantage over their small and cumbersome British competitors. In recognition of this, British firms were allowed to operate 'dual capacity' in the Eurobond market operating as both broker and jobber. The abolition of exchange controls made it only a matter of time before this would have to be extended to Stock Exchange operations.

Even after the crash, which reduced the FT-SE Index by 22 per cent in four days, it was back up to 2200 in October 1990, a day or two after the UK joined the Exchange Rate Mechanism of the European Community. The extraordinary increase in activity is not only reflected in price rises. Average daily turnover on the London Stock Exchange increased from £128 million in 1981 to £716 million in 1986. Even allowing for the effect of increases in prices (which, as we have just seen, roughly tripled over this period), this still means that the volume of business more than doubled in five years.

It is true that employment in the securities industry fell after the 1987 crash; banking and insurance have continued to experience an astonishing increase, though. There were 154 000 more jobs in these sectors in 1990 than at the time of the crash - a 20 per cent increase in three years. The City's trading performance is already fairly well publicised. 7 billion. 6 shows the contributions of other major invisible earners. These figures show gross earnings; they are, in almost all cases, smaller than the net contribution of the financial sector.

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