The Monthly: January 2020

10 Jan 2020 / Corporate research

Feature article:

Share ownership: For the many, not the few?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is due to publish its most up-to-date survey on share ownership in mid-January, which identifies the beneficial owners and decision- makers of the stock market. Hardman & Co has worked together with the share analysis service, Argus Vickers, to jointly produce its own survey, which anticipates the conclusions of the ONS survey but goes into much greater detail. Our work does not use a sample of 200 quoted companies as the ONS historically has, but rather includes every UK quoted company. The ONS samples share registers every two years; our study uses six-monthly data points. Our survey also extends to shareholders on NEX; the ONS does not.

Investors from the rest of the world (i.e. ex-UK) continue to dominate share registers for Main Market-listed stocks on the London Stock Exchange but are less critical to AIM and NEX.

Retail investors continue to grow their ownership of quoted companies and are far more influential to price formation than many advisors and company managements understand.

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