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Bloody Foreigners! Overseas Equity on the London Stock Exchange, 1869-1928

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  • Richard S.Grossman

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    (Department of Economics, Wesleyan University)

This paper presents data on quantity, capital gains, dividend, and total returns for domestic and overseas equities listed on the London Stock Exchange during 1869-1928. Indices are presented for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Australia/New Zealand and for the finance, transportation, raw materials, and utilities sectors in each region. Returns and volatility were typically highest in emerging regions and the raw materials sector. Dividend yields were similar across regions and differences in total returns were due largely to disparities in capital gains. Returns of firms in more industrial markets were relatively highly correlated with each other and with developing regions with which they had substantial colonial or trade connections. Contingent liability was most extensively employed where leverage was high and the physical assets were either meager or inaccessible to creditors.

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Paper provided by Wesleyan University, Department of Economics in its series Wesleyan Economics Working Papers with number 2014-001.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2014-001
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