ShareSoc supports and encourages individuals to invest directly in the stock market. We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation, created & managed by individual investors, for investors. Subject to adequate education about stock market investment, the primary benefits of investing directly are:

Elimination of fees charged by managers of collective investment schemes, which can have a significant impact on your returns. We acknowledge, however, that in some circumstances, collective investment schemes, especially investment trusts, can be a useful component of an individual investors portfolio.

Control over your specific investment decisions, and direct influence, through your voting rights, over the management of the businesses you choose to invest in. Such direct ownership interest, by well-informed investors, should improve business management and is to the benefit of UK Plc.

In addition to our online educational content and catalogue of investor education resources, detailed below, we can also offergeneral adviceandrepresentationfor our members.

Some parts of the Investor Academy are under construction at present. Please bear with us whilst we strive to complete these ASAP. Yoursubscriptionsanddonationsto ShareSoc will help us to increase the resources we have available to develop and maintain our educational offering.

If youre new to stock market investing, this is the place to start. Even if youre not a new investor, you may care to look in here, as this part of the Academy contains a wealth of information.

Once youve mastered the basics, ShareSoc offers further in-depth information on a range of more advanced topics, including nominee accounts and general meeting attendance & voting. Some of this important content is available to full, subscribing, members of ShareSoc only.

ShareSoc organises a number of educational and informative events, which are aimed at helping you to improve your investment performance. We are also happy to highlight quality educational events organised by third parties. Pleasecontact usif you are organising an investment (not trading!) educational event, which you would like us to list.

Much quality material has been published that can help you to learn the basics or improve your investing skills. We provide an categorised bibliography of investing books & e-books that our members have found useful. Pleasecontact usif you would like to suggest any other publications to add to our list.

A directory of high-quality investor education videos and multimedia content, from various sources.

The Internet has transformed the landscape for individual investors. You can find opinion, facts & figures, and tools to help you find & filter interesting prospective investments. ShareSoc offers an extensive guide to these resources.

There are numerous weekly and monthly periodical publications for investors (both on paper and online) including, of course, ShareSocs ownNewsletter!

If you find our educational resources of value, please help us to help you byjoining ShareSoc, or bymaking a donation. It does cost us money to construct, maintain & run this website. By becoming a full member of ShareSoc, you will gain access to a wealth of further member-only information, to help you with your investment journey. There are lots of other benefits to joining ShareSoc, including discounts off the events that we and others organise.

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