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Who owns listed companies?

Institutional investors hold 41 per cent of the global market cap, with close to half of it as part of a passive strategy

BSE listed companies | market capitalisation

Amit Tandon 

Amit Tandon

How many listed companies are there across the world? Approximately 41,000 at the end of 2017. What is their About US$ 84 trillion, the same as global GDP that year. Where are these companies listed? 10 per cent by number, and 36 per cent by market cap are listed in the US. Asia accounts for the largest number 57 per cent, and 37 per cent of market cap. Exclude Japan, China, and other advanced Asian countries, the rest of Asia is home to 23 per cent of the companies, but a paltry 5 per cent of the global market cap. How many investors are there? The dataset refers to 77,456 unique investors. You can find out all this and much-much more from OECD’s publication Owners of the worlds listed companies, released this October.



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First Published: Thu, December 12 2019. 20:41 IST