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Get Started in Shares by Glen Arnold

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The secondary markets

You are able to buy or sell shares during the ‘trading hours’, which are between 08.00 and 16.30 Monday to Friday.

Just to give you some background to indicate how liquid the market is with vast amounts of shareholder-to-shareholder trading, I thought I’d provide you with LSE’s trading statistics. In a typical month, over 12,000,000 bargains (trades between buyers and sellers) are struck between investors in shares on the LSE, worth over £100bn. The size of bargains varies enormously, from £500 trades by private investors to millions by the major funds.

So active is the secondary market that the amount raised in the primary equity market in a year is about the same as the value of shares that trade hands daily in the secondary ...

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