Convergence and Divergence of National Financial Systems: by Patrice Baubeau, Anders Ogren

By Patrice Baubeau, Anders Ogren

This choice of essays goals to shape a concentrated, unique and confident method of reading the query of convergence and divergence in Europe.

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Said terms even went through an awkward local deformation: thus, in 1891, the inspector of the Roubaix branch remarked that the finance paper issued by the Tiberghien Frères firm (an integrated company specialised in wool fabric manufacture, in Tourcoing) with a view to purchasing wool, ‘refers to true business activities’, as if it were an authentically commercial bill! It is true that the direct endorser was ‘the largest establishment in Tourcoing’ and its associates, representing ‘a tenmillion wealth at least’, were ‘of perfect report’.

Employees and remisiers: average number per stockbrokers’ practice. e. 60 practices up to 1898, then 70). 19 Nevertheless the institutional structure of the Ring remained the same, the development of the half-commission men, who formed a kind of link between the staff of the official market and that of the free market, and the recognition of the free market of the coulissiers was leading de facto to a convergence between the Paris and the London intermediation. Remisiers and coulissiers were hence providing more audacious networks to the defensive and closed network of the stockbrokers, the better to support the marketplace dynamics.

At the same time, in stockbrokers’ societies, if the portion of professionals remained significant, either predecessor stockbrokers who maintained their capitals – large contributions generally, in the practice, or for certain practices with more modest turnovers for the employees who had helped raise funds, the place of the holder’s family sleeping partners was also increasing: holder’s mother when she had inherited from her deceased husband, brothers, sisters, who had inherited a share of the society and whose husbands did not always work in the Stock Exchange, uncles or cousins.

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