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There are several good 3rd party sources of information about brokers and platforms, especially offering cost comparisons.
Add any reliable sources here.
Some comparison sites/sources:
Compare the platform: https://comparetheplatform.com/
The Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (the broker and platforms’ trade body) offers a search facility to find a broker meeting your needs.
Note also the page in the ShareSoc Investor Academy offering guidance on choosing a broker: https://www.sharesoc.org/investor-academy/new-investors/choosing-a-broker/
The majority of the group are what you could called ‘investors’ with a longer term outlook rather than ‘traders’, but several have broad experience in the markets. Most of the group are predominantly interested in equities within the context of a portfolio. Some members have interests across asset classes and are interested in portfolio construction and portfolio management. Although some members are highly experienced investors that is not true of all and experience level should not be seen as an impediment to joining. The group is open to new members.
– Online meetings once per month in the evenings to suit those members who are working
– Face to Face meetings during week days to suit those members who are retired
– Face to Face meetings during week day evenings to suit those members who are working
– Meetings of opportunity: taking advantage of local investment seminars and events to meet up within the context of investment
The group discusses a range of investment related topics.
Some members lean towards a buy and hold approach whilst others trade more frequently, some use technical analysis methods, others use fundamentals or a combination.
Discussions cover companies predominantly listed on the London Stock Exchange, including small AIM stocks, but investments in other countries are sometimes included. Investment trusts, exchange traded funds, bonds and some other financial instruments are included.
Economic issues as they relate to investing are discussed for those who adopt a top down approach.
Additionally, experience of different investing software and information sources provides good insights into what members find works well for them.
If an investment related subject is of interest to the majority of the group then it is included, such as government budget announcements, pensions and inheritance tax etc.
At present there is an interest within the group in AIM shares with a view to inheritance tax planning but this is not in preclusion to other interests, REITs, Investment Trusts, Property etc.
At each meeting the members outline their recent activity and its relevance to their overall investment goals. Current fiscal events and economic conditions are discussed.
The meetings commence at 10:30 am and continue until around 1:00 to 1:30 pm.
We enjoy wide ranging discussions sharing views and knowledge on all investing types. We discuss relevant world events, sectors of interest, unit and investment trusts and individual equities. The group has been running for many years and members are all active investors. New members welcome.