Investing in Stocks and Shares: A Step-By-Step Guide to by John White

By John White

Explains what impacts percentage costs, tips to keep away from pointless dangers and the way to exchange at the inventory marketplace.

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It is the strategy which I use myself. But first it will be necessary to examine the background of investments in shares available to the person with a few thousand pounds to spare. 2 An Explanation of Shares BASIC INFORMATION A share in a company gives the investor, most importantly, a share in its dividend which is declared once or twice a year. Also a stake in the company’s assets and property and a vote, proportional to the size of the investor’s holding, in the company’s business at its annual general meeting (AGM).

Inflation became a serious anxiety in Britain throughout the Second World War. Modern times In 1950 it was still possible to buy shares with borrowed money, repaying the interest from dividend income. This situation rapidly changed as inflation took hold in the post-war years. It became apparent that asset-backed shares could survive inflation much better than low-interest gilts. This resulted in a reversal of gilt and share yields. Previously gilts, such as Consols, paid a lower yield than shares to reflect the latter’s greater risk.

After reaching a peak in 1972, share prices fell steadily in a typical bear market for over a year, declining to about 80 per cent of their previous high levels. The fall levelled off and analysts spoke hopefully about the return of a new bull market. Then three disasters hit the market. In 1973 there was the great oil shock when oil prices quadrupled almost overnight; the Conservative Prime Minister, Edward Heath, had endured a long miners’ strike, culminating in a three-day working week to save power; and inflation roared ahead.

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