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5 Essential Tools for Investing in LSE & AIM shares

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.

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Share Forums - Stock Chat & Discussion

ADVFN Forums - The Bulletin Boards

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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ADVFN Monitor - Watch over 100 shares at once, completely free

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.

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Level 2 - Order Book data for your shares

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.

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Share Charts - Free streaming stock graphs

Stock charts -Free streaming share 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.

Toplists - The best and worst shares of the day

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 Seminars and Events

ADVFN Events & Seminars

ADVFN is starting a new program of seminars offering new and different approaches to the way we trade and invest. We will be providing free evening seminars and premium all day events.

We will look at all aspects of investing and trading, aiming to find the best speakers that we can in specialist areas like Technical Analysis, Risk Management and Trading Psychology as well as the many types of derivative trading products that are now available to private investors.

We also want your suggestions and feedback. Watch out for the new Seminar events thread on our Free Bulletin Board.

Is the Stock Market crashing?

Stock Market Crash - Has the Bubble burst?In recent days and weeks we have seen indices around the world start to slide. The FTSE 100 hit 6,904 on 4 September, but stood at 6,211 t close on 15 October, a drop of 10% in only 6 weeks. The Dow Jones peaked at 17,350 during trading on 19 September. but closed at 16,141 on 15 October, 7% down. It fell down to 15,855 during the day on 15 October, bouncing back slightly and closing at 16,141, 7% down on the September peak. What is going on?


Love them or hate them the ETF is here to stay. Exchange Traded Funds are becoming more popular with private investors, offering an easy and cost efficient way to widen and diversify a portfolio. For more experienced investors ETFs can offer more complex and leveraged opportunities.

Gold Price

Gold has long been treated as a secure and safe hiding place for world weary investors trying to protect their assets. The relationship between gold price and other trading instruments has now created a maze of investment products ready to bamboozle the investor. 

Penny Stocks

A Penny stock is a share that trades for pennies rather than pounds or dollars. The term is most commonly used in the USA, but is also applied to smaller companies on the LSE, particularly those listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Click the image to find out more.

AIM market

The AIM is the UK small cap market. Stocks on the AIM are traded through Market Makers or auction. These shares are far less active than on the main market. AIM is the nearest thing the UK has to the US OTC market (handling penny shares), but on the AIM market transactions are reported on-exchange and between exchange participants. Where as the OTC is decentralised.

Red hot penny shares

Red hot penny stocks are great in theory - just don't get burnt!  "Undervalued stock ready to sky rocket" - this is the sort of statement that can be found all over the internet. A "red hot stock" implies that you have to act quickly before it cools down.  The question is, are you striking while the iron is hot, or rushing in without due care and attention? 



A bitcoin is the internet answer to money. A virtual currency, bitcoins use cryptography where institutions use collateral and transactional verification where banks use a credit check. The bitcoin is what you get if you ask a computer programmer to invent money. The question is, are they worth investing in?

Football clubs you can buy shares in

Football clubs listed on the stock marketFootball is a massive industry, but investing in it is largely closed to the fans. A few football clubs have shares you can buy though, listed on stock markets around the world, so not everyone has to be a Glazer. There are a surprisingly large number of football clubs you can buy shares in, so if you want to invest in Manchester United, control more of Arsenal than Stan Kroenke or be part of Rangers' rise back to the top of Scottish Football, read on.

How Do You Pick Stocks?

There are 2000-plus stocks in the UK market, but you don't have to be a financial guru or a degree-wielding mathematician in an investment bank to pick one to invest in. You just need a toolbox of simple ideas to find likely companies you could add to your portfolio. Like this one:

Look at company dividends. They are living proof a company has the resources to cough up cash to its owners - a strong indication of a good business. And who doesn't like receiving a bit of cash? Cheques don't lie - except on the door mat.

Look At Company Dividends

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