The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed vital developments within the construction, group, and enlargement of monetary markets and alternatives for funding in Britain and its empire. However little or no is understood about how men and ladies engaged with these markets and with new alternatives for money-making. In what methods did the composition of private fortunes alter in response to those developments? How did people make use of latest monetary alternatives to additional their very own priorities and guarantee their households' properly-being? What decisions of securities did they make, and how did these mirror their attitudes to funding danger? What have been the implications of a quickly rising investor inhabitants for company governance and the regulation of markets? How vital is gender in understanding new patterns of wealth holding and funding?
This interdisciplinary book brings collectively a variety of main worldwide students to reply these questions and to develop essential new analysis agendas. Foremost amongst these is a priority for gender, with a number of of the chapters exploring the rising significance of girls inside funding markets. These findings open up dialogues between financial and monetary historians with social, gender, and feminist historians, and add a big new dimension to present analysis on ladies's financial company. The quantity additionally breaks recent floor by analysing points of wealth holding and finance in British colonial settings: Canada and Australia. Understanding the extent to which international monetary processes formed the financial lives of these on the 'periphery' in addition to on the 'coronary heart' of empire will supply new insights into the social and geographical diffusion of monetary markets.