Majority advocate shorter trading hours but LSE awaits European consensus

"Potential to improve wellbeing and diversity"

James Baxter-Derrington
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The proposals are part of a drive to improve worker wellbeing
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The proposals are part of a drive to improve worker wellbeing

A majority of investors, banks, brokers and market makers would prefer the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to alter its trading hours to 9am-4pm in an effort to improve diversity and wellbeing, according to a consultation conducted by the bourse.

Another "recent survey" was cited by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe and the Investment Association (IA), which found that shorter trading hours was second only to flexible working policies to improve gender diversity in the industry. LSE launches consultation on changing trading hours Respondents felt that longer trading hours offered no benefit to liquidity, but that shorter hours would be unlikely to increase trading volumes, while the vast majority believed that any change could only be effectively realised if there was harmonisation across European exchanges. O...

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