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Shares Made Simple: A beginner's guide to the stock market by Rodney Hobson

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Chapter 7: Full Listings And AIM

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) does not have the right to a monopoly on share trading in the UK, although it has been, since its inception, by far the largest stock exchange in the country.

Indeed, in the past there were several stock exchanges in large cities around the UK. Since the millennium international banks made a concerted attempt to set up a serious rival and looked at one point as if they would succeed but the venture failed for lack of liquidity. The main competition today comes from Plus, formerly known as Ofex (because trading was off the London Stock Exchange). This market is not part of the LSE and the regulations governing companies whose shares are quoted on Plus are less rigorous. It tends ...

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