Most of the stocks in the UK equity market is held by pension funds, insurance companies, foreigners, etc. The share of stocks held by individuals is very low. But on an average about 700,000 shares are traded on a daily basis on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The majority of the daily trades on the LSE are not by individual investors but by traders. In fact, a a recent study showed that 72% of daily market turnover is done by Hedge Funds, High Frequency Traders and Proprietary Traders. Though these market participants hold a small portion of the total shares listed they are biggest traders.
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Source: THE KAY REVIEW OF UK EQUITY MARKETS AND LONG-TERM DECISION MAKING, Final Report, June 2012, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK