Released by Grant Thornton LLP, A Wake-Up Call for America demonstrates that market structure changes implemented over the last decade are causing significant, secular declines in the number of publicly listed companies in the United States. The study reveals how low-cost trade execution has destroyed the ecosystem that once supported the small business economy, undermining job creation, economic growth, and U.S. competitiveness.
“The United States stock markets are experiencing a disturbing decline,” said David Weild, Capital Markets Advisor at Grant Thornton LLP. “Loss of public companies, and loss of the feeder system to the public markets, is capping opportunity for Americans. This calls for urgent attention by the Obama Administration, Congress and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to give our economy a fighting chance.”
The study shows that other developed nations are performing markedly better than the United States when it comes to maintaining or growing numbers of public companies, and it includes recommendations for improving both public and private stock markets.
The U.S. listed markets — unlike other developed markets — have been in steady decline, with no rebound, since 1997.
The number of listed companies from global exchanges indexed to 1997
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Note: Deutsche Börse data is unavailable prior to 1997.
Source: Capital Markets Advisory Partners, World Federation of Exchanges, individual stock exchanges. Excluding funds.