Visualizing The World's Stock Exchanges

Tyler Durden's picture

There are 60 major stock exchanges throughout the world, and their range of sizes is quite surprising.

As Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardin notes, at the high end of the spectrum is the mighty NYSE, representing $18.5 trillion in market capitalization, or about 27% of the total market for global equities.

At the lower end? Stock exchanges on the tiny islands of Malta, Cyprus, and Bermuda all range from just $1 billion to $4 billion in value. Even added together, these three exchanges make up just 0.01% of total market capitalization.


Courtesy of: The Money Project


The Trillion Dollar Club

There are 16 exchanges that are a part of the “$1 Trillion Dollar Club” with more than $1 trillion in market capitalization. This elite group, with familiar names such as the NYSE, Nasdaq, LSE, Deutsche Borse, TMX Group, and Japan Exchange Group, comprise 87% of the world’s total value of equities.

Added together, the 44 names outside of this aforementioned group combine for just $9 trillion, or 13%, of the world’s total market capitalization.

Northern Dominance

From a geographical perspective, it is the Northern Hemisphere that is dominant. North America and Europe both hold 40.6% and 19.5% respectively of the world’s markets, and the vast majority of Asia’s 33.3% lies north of the equator in places like Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

Notable exchanges that are south of the equator include the Australian Securities Exchange, the Indonesia Stock Exchange, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Brazilian BM&F Bovespa.

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pitz's picture

The US market's capitalization seems disproportionate.

Lynx Dogood's picture

Am in the process of moving south. I will have to readjust to markets that are not rigged. Although, I am still able to profit from the market rigging from the south.

random999's picture

americans like to go public with their companies. Europeans not so much.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

That's because Americans are more willing to give up control (to Wall St) for a Get-Rich-Quick scheme.

The Europeans, not so much, since their first-hand memories of totalitarian rule are still freshly imprinted on their brains.

eltxamo's picture

Not only that, Americans 401K invest in stocks heavily for their retirement, most of Europe have public pension funds paid by taxes on income. This pension funds invest mostly in goverment bonds.

NoDecaf's picture

when I visualize markets I imagine rows of servers.

Soul Glow's picture

Euronext appears to be in the middle of the Atlantic.  Sink or swim, bitchez!

onmail1's picture

What is happening

Govt (Fed) giving free money to banksters & corporations

banksters & corporations buying back their own stock

taking huge debts (hoping to make it in future)

Result : NYSE & NASDAQ looks gigantic

(simply look at derivatives : huge bubble)


What will happen next :

After buying back own stock (at current high value)

The banksters & corporations wont be able to make desired profits (performance)

Then their stocks will plunge

& their debt will remain unpaid


Result : in 10 years (or less)

NYSE & NASDAQ will become like LSE

or even less like India

(what if they dont exist at all)


Al Tinfoil's picture

But in the meantime, the corporate executives will have granted themselves big bonuses out of the money borrowed against the corporation's value, and purchases of their own stocks by corporations pushes up stock price and triggers big bonuses for the executives, so the executives make out like bandits and the corporation becomes a debt-laden shell.  

DavidisDawei's picture

"But in the meantime, the corporate executives will have granted themselves big bonuses"



They will be long gone and someone else is left to clean up the mess.  

This seems to be how the world works now; 

We are in free fall; there is no fear of reprisal - and it seems as though they are grabbing what they can, while they can.

Albertarocks's picture

I'm surprised at the size of the Canadian market.  I had no idea its market cap matches that of Germany.  It's even half as big as the London market and over 1/3 the size of the NAS.  That's freakin' huge and I had no idea it was that big.  If not for the gigantic NYSE and NAS markets the TSX would be the biggest stock market in the western hemisphere.  Is anybody else out there as surprised at this as I am?

pitz's picture

Usually you can use a 1:10 ratio between Canada and the US to do quick comparisons.  Keep in mind that Canadian firms own a lot of US assets, but not vice versa.  But Canadian firms are substantially owned, share-wise, by Americans.  The majority of the market cap of the TSX being "interlisted" on the NYSE. 

wanderer9641's picture

Canada has a lot of mining/resourcse activity.

psaperstone's picture

60 major stock exchanges with a total value of $69T.  huh?  so, just a bit under Douche Bank's total dervivative exposure (gross, as there is no net when the SHTF) of $75T.

ninefourfour's picture

What happens you bet the house, and it's a big house.

Yen Cross's picture

  Lets discuss unfunded liabilities, credit default swaps, Non performing loans ,Insurance, Entitlements, ect...

Al Tinfoil's picture

Speaking of unfunded liabilities, non-performing loans, etc, reminds me of my favourite stock exchange index.  The Ukrainian stock exchange has an index known as the "PFTS".  Very apt for their economy now....PFFFFTT.

Yen Cross's picture

   I drool for the trade Al. I crave it, but I keep my head screwed on straight.

   If you you want to, and have the means?  Certain sectors [non oil] look pretty interesting.

     Dollar General> Maria Bartiromo brethren, is destroying Walmart and Target [top line revenue]




uhland62's picture

The northern hemisphere is a lot more of a muchness, so it's clear that dominates. It's getting interesting, if or when the Chicago exchange gets sold to the Chinese bidders. Why there was no US company interested in buying has not been revealed.

mccvilb's picture

Who wants to buy a dead horse?


Troy Ounce's picture




The bigger the bubble, the bigger the promise.

joego1's picture

That Stay Puft Marshmellow financial farces of the world.

peterk's picture

This is Nonsense.

That  analysis is  done on the basis of $USD value.

Price the local  markets inlocal currency first then  transfer to a GOLD price in OUNCES.

Whats the value  of each market in  OUNCES of gold?

mccvilb's picture

One cubic ft of gold weighs just over 1200 pounds. If that's going to be the sole medium of transactions better start working out.

anarchitect's picture

Where's the Souk al Manakh?

Boris Badenov's picture

And no mention of the NYSE/Euronext merger/spinoff? And where is The InterContinental Exchange? 

Sometimes I think ZH publishes stuff just to see who is paying attention.

peddling-fiction's picture

@Boris Badenov

When ZH was listing countries participating in the Syrian conflict, "moon" was on the list.

That would come to mind, when we ask ourselves if ZH is observing who is paying attention.

mccvilb's picture

Much as people want to believe the Cramers of the world and the talking heads on television, there's no correlation to be had in intrinsic value to stocks, given the corruption in the markets and the illusion of value in money or gold and other commodities for that matter, but that's not how we've been trained to look at it through the looking glass. I think we're missing out completely on what's been happening here.

In order to sustain wealth, giant corporations are buying stock back and preparing to go private, and then their families of overseers permanently withheld from scrutiny in private ownership. Markets will evaporate. Eventually everything of necessity will be free to those who obey the rules and work for consumables credits. There will be no ownership in a truly cashless society. We are destined for a binary existence. Governance in common will be determined on a ternary plane for security and control, with the highest privileges tied on a quaternary level to our dna. That part's well underway in biolabs around the world. Now and then the rules will change and populations will be readjusted to compensate.

It appears the Chinese have been making their own plans. They aren't a people who are adverse to logic. Hardly. It's highly illogical to accept these ghost cities of theirs were built as make-work without someone first having had an ultimate purpose in mind, certainly and especially when there are multiple examples to be found. The big reset is well underway.