Amsterdam Topples London as Europe’s Main Share-Trading Hub
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Amsterdam Topples London as Europe’s Main Share-Trading Hub

Amsterdam overtook London as Europe’s largest share trading center in January after Brexit saw about half of the city’s volumes move to the continent.

An average 9.2 billion euros ($11 billion) of shares a day were traded on various Dutch venues in January, a more than fourfold increase from December, according to data from Cboe Europe. That compares to average daily volumes in London of 8.6 billion euros.

Amsterdam Topples London as Europe’s Main Share-Trading Hub

The data doesn’t account for the return of Swiss share trading to London, which only resumed last week. That may see the U.K. capital edge back ahead in February, although its average daily volumes will still be well below historic levels.

Britain lost its rights to access the single market on Dec. 31 and the European Union has not permitted investors inside the bloc to trade shares in companies such as Airbus SE and BNP Paribas SA from the U.K. That’s seen more than 6 billion euros of daily EU share trading leave London since the start of the year.

While the business is relatively low margin it is an illustration of how some of the Square Mile’s decades-long dominance of European finance is eroding away after Brexit. Other areas including euro swap trading has also shifted from the U.K. capital to both the EU and Wall Street.

The shifts reflects the failure to secure so-called equivalence rulings from the EU, on whether the U.K.’s rules are robust enough to enable seamless access for financial services. EU officials have said the bloc’s in no rush to make these decisions.

The Financial Times reported the data earlier.

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