Failing Stock Market?

Failing Stock Market?

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💸 Markets

Is the UK Stock Market failing?

In Short: In a growing trend that would make Love Island proud, public companies are dumping the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to couple up with US exchanges.

What’s going on?

London's stock market is like a grand old theatre that's seeing fewer blockbuster premieres. The latest act? Pharma company Indivior is mulling over a big move to the US, seduced by the allure of larger investor crowds and the spotlight of major US indexes. This is part of a growing exodus that's seen key players like CRH Plc and Ferguson Plc pack up for the US. Even the tech sensation Arm Holdings chose New York over London.

Why are companies leaving?

  • Bigger market, more money: Companies are moving their stock market listings from the UK to the US due to the larger and deeper financial markets available in the US, which offer a stronger investor pool and the potential for higher business valuations.
  • Valuation Gap: Due to a big valuation gap between the UK and US markets, UK companies are trading at a discount compared to their US counterparts. This is made worse by UK investors' seemingly risk-averse nature and preference for dividends, leading to underinvestment in growth sectors like technology.
  • Pension Fund Investments: UK pension and insurance funds have significantly reduced their holdings in UK-listed companies, favouring safer fixed-income assets due to changes in accounting practices and investment strategies. This shift away from equities has contributed to the diminishing attractiveness of the London stock market for companies.
Credit: Bloomberg

Why does it matter?

The trend of companies deserting the LSE for US listings is a troubling sign, pointing to a broader dissatisfaction with the market's dynamics, visibility, and valuation opportunities in the UK. With London losing one in five companies over the past five years, the narrative is shifting from isolated incidents to a full-blown trend. This exodus raises alarms not just for market regulators but for the UK's economy as a whole.

⚖️ How does this impact Law Firms?

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