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The purpose of this conversion was similar to the old one: Shares backed by national debt were considered a safe investment and a convenient way to hold and move money: The only alternative safe asset, land, was much harder to sell and it was legally much more complex to transfer ownership.
The government received a cash payment and lower overall interest on the debt.
Importantly, it also gained control over when the debt had to be repaid, which was not before seven years but then at its discretion. This avoided the risk that debt might become repayable at some future point just when the government needed to borrow more, and could be forced into paying higher interest rates.
The payment to the government was to be used to buy in any debt not subscribed to the scheme, which although it helped the government also helped the company by removing possibly competing securities from the market, including large holdings by the Bank of England.
The House was stunned into silence, but on recovering proposed that the Bank of England should be invited to make a better offer. The House accepted the South Sea offer. Bank stock fell sharply. The company now embarked on a show of gratitude to its friends. Select individuals were sold a parcel of company stock at the current price.
The transactions were recorded by Knight in the names of intermediaries, but no payments were received and no stock issued — indeed the company had none to issue until the conversion of debt began. The individual received an option to sell his stock back to the company at any future date at whatever market price might then apply.
Shares went to the Craggs: Crucial in this conversion was the proportion of holders of irredeemable annuities who could be tempted to convert their securities at a high price for the new shares. Holders of redeemable debt had effectively no other choice but to subscribe.
The South Sea Company could set the conversion price but could not diverge much from the market price of its shares. Inflating the share price[ edit ] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
January Learn how and when to remove this template message Chart of company stock prices. The company then set to talking up its stock with "the most extravagant rumours" of the value of its potential trade in the New World; this was followed by a wave of "speculating frenzy".
The share price had risen from the time the scheme was proposed: Shares in the company were "sold" to politicians at the current market price; however, rather than paying for the shares, these recipients simply held on to what shares they had been offered, with the option of selling them back to the company when and as they chose, receiving as "profit" the increase in market price.
This method, while winning over the heads of government, the King's mistress, et al. Meanwhile, by publicising the names of their elite stockholders, the Company managed to clothe itself in an aura of legitimacy, which attracted and kept other buyers. Bubble Act The South Sea Company was by no means the only company seeking to raise money from investors in A large number of other joint-stock companies had been created making extravagant sometimes fraudulent claims about foreign or other ventures or bizarre schemes.
Others represented potentially sound, although novel, schemes, such as for founding insurance companies.
These were nicknamed "Bubbles". Some of the companies had no legal basis, while others, such as the Hollow Sword Blade company acting as the South Sea's banker, used existing chartered companies for purposes entirely different from their creation.
The York Buildings Company was set up to provide water to London, but was purchased by Case Billingsley who used it to purchase confiscated Jacobite estates in Scotland, which then formed the assets of an insurance company. The committee investigated the companies, establishing a principle that companies should not be operating outside the objects specified in their charters.
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