Data just out from the ONS shows, among other things, that in 2020:
- At the end of 2020, shares in quoted UK-domiciled companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) were worth a total of £2.17 trillion.
- The proportion of UK shares held in the rest of the world increased again to set a record high, at 56.3% of the value of the UK stock market.
- The proportion of UK shares held by UK-resident individuals fell to 12%, down by 1.3 percentage points from 2018.
- The proportion of UK shares held by other financial institutions rose by 4.6 percentage points to 12.8%, the highest on record.
- Unit trusts' proportion fell to 7.4%, down 2.0 percentage points from 2018.
- Insurance companies' share of the market continued to fall and stood at 2.5%, down 1.4 percentage points from 2018.
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