5 Essential Tools for Investing in LSE & AIM shares
There are something you can't do without when investing in stocks and shares.
Charts, live streaming price data, toplists and discussion forums are some of the most important things you can invest in when trying to make money from shares.
All of these are available absolutely free on ADVFN.
Click here to discover the 5 investing tools you can't live without
Share Forums - Stock Chat & Discussion
Discuss your favourite stocks with other investors, chat about where the share price is going and share your research. ADVFN is home to the largest community of private investors in the UK.
The ADVFN forums, known as the Bulletin Boards or BBs, have been active since 1999 and continue to be the first choice for private investors wanting to discuss their shares.
Join ADVFN today and become part of the conversation.
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Monitor - Customisable Share Watchlist
Available to registered ADVFN users completely free, the ADVFN Monitor allows you to watch over 100 stocks, indices, forex pairs or commodities streaming.
Share prices update on your screen, letting your monitor your investments from one page, helping to take the stress out of investing.
London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Alternative Investment Market (AIM) shares will stream live for you as soon as you register - one of the many perks of being part of the ADVFN community.
The list of shares you watch is fully customisable, as are the bits of data you choose to keep tabs on for each stock.
Click the link below to find out more about the ADVFN Monitor and register today.
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Level 2 - Order Book data for your shares
Level 2 data is the most important information there is, when it comes to share trading. Without, you are effectively trading blind.
Also known as the Order Book or Market Depth, Level 2 shows you what other people in the market are looking to buy and sell, along with how many shares they want at that price.
Level 2 is the information behind the Bid & Offer, the Order Book creates the prices you buy and sell at.
With Level 2 access you get to see inside the market and discover what makes your shares go up and down.
Click the link below to find out more about Level 2.
Level 2 data - see beneath the surface of the stock market
Share Charts - Free streaming stock graphs
ADVFN's share charts have been designed to be incredibly simple to use whilst simultaneously featuring everything you would expect from a professional set of charting tools.
London Stock Exchange and Alternative Investment Markets share price data is shown in full real time, meaning you get the most up to date price on your chart as it happens.
Over 80 customisable indicators and drawing tools are available to let you work with the raw data exactly as you want and need.
Click the link below to find out more about our stock charts.
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Toplists - The best and worst shares of the day
ADVFN Toplists show you the day's most important shares for over 20 markets, including the London Stock Exchange (LSE), the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), NASDAQ, NYSE & Euronext.
The lists include the highest percentage gainers, lowest percentage losers, highest volumes of the day, largest numbers of trades, largest & smallest spreads and the most traded by value.
Click the link below to discover how ADVFN Toplists can help improve your trading decisions.
ADVFN Toplists - find out more
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What is causing the stock market to fall?
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