Nov

22

According to the article S&P fears defaults after merger boom:

…the value of deals agreed worldwide this year has jumped to $3,230 billion (£1,700 billion), up 40 per cent compared with the same period last year.

And according to Wikipedia, here are the worlds largest markets (plus a few extras) as of some recent date:

Ten Largest Stock Exchanges by Market Capitalization (in trillions of US dollars)

New York Stock Exchange - $22.6
Tokyo Stock Exchange - $4.5
NASDAQ - $3.6
London Stock Exchange - $3.5
Euronext - $3.3
Toronto Stock Exchange - $1.83 [3]
Hong Kong Stock Exchange - $1.55
Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Deutsche Börse) - $1.4
Madrid Stock Exchange (BME Spanish Exchanges) - $1.1
SWX Swiss Exchange - $1.1

plus:

Milan Stock Exchange (Borsa Italiana) - $0.94
Australian Stock Exchange - $0.73 (June 2005)
Bombay Stock Exchange - $0.73 (October 2006)
Shanghai Stock Exchange - $0.64 (November 2006)
Johannesburg Securities Exchange - $0.58 (September 2006)

This is a total cap of $48.1T, so YTD buyouts are at $3.23T, or 6.72% of global cap.

You would think that this would put a little upside pressure on the markets. Not to mention whatever the receivers of that $3.23T in buyout payments plan to do with their money!


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