Current Issues in Economics and Finance

Evaluating the Relative Strength of the U.S. Capital Markets

July 2007Volume 13, Number 6
JEL classification: G3, G15

Author: Stavros Peristiani

Concern is growing that the U.S. capital markets are losing market share to overseas competitors. A decline in foreign initial public offerings indeed suggests that the U.S. equity market is becoming less attractive to certain issuers. However, evidence on the competitiveness of the U.S. equity market is mixed, since the trends affecting it are likewise shaping equity markets abroad. A less ambiguous decline in the share of global issuance can be seen in the U.S. corporate bond market, which is facing a growing challenge from the Eurobond market.

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