The London Stock Exchange

What started in 1773 and later merged the other regional exchanges in 1973. The London Stock Exchange or LSE serves as the primary stock exchange in the United Kingdom and is the largest known in Europe. The dominant index is the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 Share Index with around 100 of the LSE’s top blue chips.

Considered as the most international stock among stocks with around 350 companies from more than 50 countries under its belt, it is an ideal source for traders who want information regarding benchmark prices, equity-market liquidity, and market data in Europe.

To help the various companies around the world become a part of the London Stock Exchange issuer services are utilized. Through the issuer services, companies not only become a part of the LSE but also gain access to its capital. Once a part of the LSE are given to opportunity to raise their earnings, profiles, and obtain market valuation through different routes, which has them follow the firms around the whole IPO process.

There are several markets on the list managed by the LSE, thus providing a wide variety for different sized companies to list. International companies are able to list in the number of London’s products such as depositary receipts, debt, options for different and cost-effective ways to raise capital, and lastly shares.

For those large companies there exists the Premium Listed Main Market which operates under a Super Equivalence method where in there are conditions and criteria for both the United Kingdom Listing Authority and LSE have to be met.

International companies that are outside Europe have the Alternative Investment Market or AIM, which operates the Depository Receipt schemes, a way of listing and raising capital.

It isn’t called an international stock for nothing; the LSE also has partnerships with different international exchanges such as Asia and Africa. The LSE’s goal is to remove the costs and regulatory barriers of capital markets around the world.