Pardon Paris, you're still far behind London as a global financial centre

The story that the Paris stock exchange overtook London's is wholly misleading
Independent global survey puts London No.1 in Europe and No.2 in the World

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Brexit Britain beats EU easily in latest Global Financial Centres Index

The papers (and the BBC of course) have been full of stories taken from a Bloomberg article which reported the Paris stock exchange is now larger than London's. Well, Facts4EU.Org can now reveal the full story on behalf of the CIBUK Rebuttal Unit - and it's good news for Brexiteers and bad news for Rejoiners.

The highly-respected Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) of over 100 global cities puts London far out in front of Paris as a financial centre. London is No.1 in Europe and No.2 in the World - and its lead over Paris means this pre-eminent position is not going to change soon.

Facts4EU.Org reveals a much more complete picture.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

The Global Financial Centres Index – 32nd Edition, Sept 2022

  • The GFCI is compiled using 151 instrumental factors
  • Quantitative measures are provided by third parties including the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the OECD and the United Nations
  • It also uses 66,121 assessments from 11,038 respondents
  • The report is a highly-regarded source of reference around the world

London leaves the EU trailing - again

  • London led the way in Europe
  • London came out at No.2 in the world, after New York
  • Paris is down at No.10

Overall Global Rankings - The Top 10

  1. New York
  2. London
  3. Singapore
  4. Hong Kong
  5. San Francisco
  6. Shanghai
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Beijing
  9. Shenzhen
  10. Paris

So what was this "doom 'n' gloom" story about Paris overtaking London all about?

© BBC 2022

On Monday Bloomberg calculated that the Paris stock exchange was now worth more than London's. In a technical and very narrow sense this was true - just: "The combined value of British shares is now around $2.821 trillion, while France's are worth around $2.823 trillion, Bloomberg calculates."

However this is merely one measure and it ignores the dominant position London holds in every other way - the value of financial instruments traded each day, and other equity and currency markets and trading factors.

The reason for Paris edging ahead in one very narrow measure is mostly down to one French company, without which the figures would look very different. That company is the giant LVMH, which readers will know from its major brands such as Louis Vuitton and Moet et Chandon. LVMH has been doing very well from its sales to China, as well as to the US, thanks to the strong dollar.

When the overwhelmingly dominant company in a country's main index does well, it increases the market capitalisation of the exchange as a whole. And this is what has happened. This does not in any way indicate that Paris has overtaken London as a global financial centre, as our data above clearly shows.

Former Secretary of State the Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP gave his reaction to Facts4EU.Org

The Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP

“More good analysis by Facts4EU.

“London is the dominant global financial centre in Europe by a long way.”

“Why are people so keen to distort facts to belittle the UK?”

- The Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP speaking to Facts4EU, Thurs 17 Nov 2022

Here are the ‘Also Rans’ from the EU

  • Only five EU cities made it into the Top 25, and they are far behind London
  • No.10 Paris
  • No.18 Frankfurt
  • No.19 Amsterdam
  • No.21 Luxembourg
  • No.24 Munich
  • Three of the eight European centres in the Top 25 are outside the EU – London, Geneva and Zurich

London beats Paris on every measure

It doesn't matter which metric you look at in this extensive report, London beats Paris.

Here is another example - Top 15 Global Cities As Desirable Places To Live And Work :-

  • No.2 : London
  • Not in Top 15 : Paris

And here is another one - Top Global FinTech Centres :-

  • No.4 : London
  • No.16 : Paris

The above all comes from the very comprehensive Global Financial Centres Index.


Yes, London still dominates Europe - but we have a caveat

Rejoiners are fond of pouncing on one piece of news or another to prove "Brexit isn't working". The reality is quite different. It is in fact the lack of Brexit that isn't working.

The UK's financial services industry is crucial for the country's success, accounting for over 10% of GDP and employing large numbers of people from Scotland down to the South Coast. Over recent years it has been subject to increasing interference from draconian and wholly unsuitable EU laws imposed from Brussels.

Despite the UK having now 'left' the EU, it remains the case that the vast majority of EU laws are still on the UK statute book. The Government has promised on many occasions to act but so far the progress has been pitifully slow.

When it comes to the UK's strong financial services industry, time is of the essence. The Government simply must get a move on and repeal measures such as the onerous and unnecessary solvency impositions and the EU's MIFID regulations.

Financial services is a highly competitive field around the world and the City must be allowed to do what it does best, with light-touch regulation fit for the 21st century. If the Government and its regulatory agencies do not act with alacrity then the UK will slip down the global tables. This is a vital area where we must see Brexit benefits starting to be delivered.

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[ Sources: The Global Financial Centres Index | Euronext | LSE | World Exchanges organisation | Sir John Redwood MP ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Thurs 17 Nov 2022

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