Advanced Topics

Once you understand the basics of stock market investment, and start investing, you will encounter a number of more in-depth issues that you ought to understand to invest as successfully as possibly and avoid pitfalls. ShareSoc offers a comprehensive series of its own articles that help to explain some of the deeper “mysteries”, which are catalogued below.

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Understanding nominee accounts

Most investors’ shares are held in “nominee accounts”. Do you understand what this means for your rights and ownership? Once you understand the impact on your rights of the present nominee ownership system, support our shareholder rights campaign!


Personal CREST accounts

what they are and the benefits of using them, including a directory of brokers offering personal CREST accounts.


Obtaining Annual Reports

And using them.


Attending, voting & speaking

At General Meetings.


Valuing investments

Is the market offering you an attractive price for an investment?


How the stockmarket works

How are bid and offer prices determined?


Corporate actions

What they mean and how they impact you.


AIM Company Scorecard

A useful systematic tool developed by ShareSoc for evaluating potential AIM quoted investments.


Understanding Corporate Governance

And the Regulatory Environment.


Other ways to invest in shares

Derivatives and hedging instruments.


Tax advantaged investments

Depending on your personal tax situation, these investments (such as VCTs and EIS qualifying investments) may offer particular advantages to you.


What is “short selling”?

An explanation of this controversial topic.


Stock Market Statistics

Statistics on individual ownership of shares in the UK


How to Run a Company Campaign

ShareSoc campaigns on both specific company issues and on individual shareholders’ wider concerns. We have been successful in obtaining change at a number of companies since we were founded and have influenced government policy and legislation. If you are considering forming a “shareholder action group” to tackle a specific company, you should read this note first: Shareholder Action Groups (a pdf document).