The City of London: How it Developed into the World’s Leading Financial Centre

Monday, 30 January 2012 11:01

How did the City of London get to be the world’s leading financial centre?


Its history can be traced from the arrival of the Romans through two millennia involving trading in stocks and gold, the funding of kings and wars, to the Big Bang and the current crisis – the City has always been a centre of international financial activity.


This fascinating history is based on Chris Skinner’s celebrated blog, which brings out the colour and the characters as well as providing sharp analysis of how the City works.

Published April 2012
ISBN: 978-1-907720-45-1
PDF: £5.99 + VAT/€7.16 + VAT/$9.30

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Chapter 1: The Romans
Chapter 2: The Vikings
Chapter 3: Medieval Time
The Stocks Market
Chapter 4: The Tudors
The first Exchange
Chapter 5 The Stuarts
The Exchequer
The Treasury
Chapter 6: The Bank of England
The issue of banknotes
The role of the central bank
Chapter 7: Lloyd's of London
Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House
The Lutine Bell
Chapter 8: the London Stock Exchange
Jonathan’s Coffee House
Regulation and deregulation
The Big Bang and after
Chapter 9: The 1700s
A global empire
Chapter 10: The Victorians
Chapter 11: World Wars

World War l
Post-war policies
The Great Depression
Chapter 12: After World War II
Bretton Woods
The Cold War
The oil crisis
Chapter 13: The Big Bang
Jobbers and brokers
The future is in derivatives
The Financial Services Act
New technology
From bang to crisis
Chapter 14: Crisis
Light-touch regulation
The crisis
Future moves

About Chris Skinner

Chris has been providing independent, expert commentary on the key developments in banking for over a decade in his role as Chief Executive of Balatro and Chairman of the Financial Services Club. In particular, he has been writing for various media, such as the Banker Magazine, since 2004 and is a key commentator on banking for prime time news channels including the BBC, Sky and Bloomberg. Prior to creating his independent entities, Chris had key roles at management and board levels covering insurance, retail and investment banking across a range of consulting and technology firms.