Journal article

Capital markets and capital formation in Australia, 1890-1945

DT Merrett

Australian Economic History Review | Published : 1997


This survey article examines the interaction between the domestic capital markets and capital formation in Australia from the 1890s up to the end of WWII. The disenchantment of the City of London with Australian securities in the 1890s opened a window for the development of domestic capital markets. It was the demands of the government for funds, especially during both wars, that transformed the scale and character of local markets. Local deposit taking institutions and stock exchanges handled a sufficient volume of domestic savings to fund the lion's share of both public and private sector capital formation.

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