According to the City of London website, the markets in the Square Mile are responsible for 32%of the global turnover in foreign exchange each day, 43% of the daily global turnover in global derivatives, and 70% of the trade in Eurobonds. In addition, 75% of Fortune 500 companies have offices in London, 252 foreign banks operate in London, and 649 foreign companies are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The question, simply put, is "Why?". The point of this wiki is to develop some answers to this question through an exploration of global trade and exchange, and the ways in which London plays a role in the global economy.


City of London Coat of arms from Wikipedia

Travel Information

  1. Travel information
  2. Movies set in London

City of London

The City of London has existed as a trading center since its Roman occupation 2000 years ago. In this section, we present a time line of important developments in London as a trade and financial center, and some summary information about the kinds of institutions that exist in modern London.

  1. Time Line
  2. Summary

London as a Global Financial Center


  1. Financial Services Authority
  2. Bank of England
  3. Lloyds of London
  4. London Stock Exchange

Policies and Climate

  1. Regulatory climate
  2. The role of skilled labor
  3. Monetary policy
  4. Fiscal policy
  5. Living environment
  6. The Big Bang

Role of global markets

  1. Relationship to other financial centers
  2. The rise of the euro

London as a Center for Trade in Goods and Services


  1. Shipping
  2. Legal Services
  3. London Metal Exchange
  4. Carbon Emissions Trading


  1. Trade agreements
  2. Immigration

Exchange Rates and Trade

  1. Definitions
  2. Real Exchange Rates
  3. Nominal Exchange Rates
    1. Covered interest parity
    2. Exchange rate regimes
  4. Global Trade



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