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

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Chapter 18: Tips

Stockbroker analysts

Several stockbrokers employ analysts who pronounce on the merits or otherwise of companies with stock market quotations.

These analysts are required to pass examinations in order to register with the Financial Services Authority before they are allowed to make recommendations. The stockbrokers they work for will also be registered with the FSA and are required to ensure compliance with strict rules, particularly in terms of avoiding a conflict of interest.

Each analyst will cover a specific sector to build up expertise and each broker will cover a limited range of companies or sectors, or may specialise in covering just larger or only smaller companies. With nearly 2,000 companies quoted on the London ...

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