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The global network of stock exchanges that lets investors buy and sell shares in publicly listed companies.
The stock market is a network of investors that interact with each other to buy and sell shares in publicly traded companies. The stock market isn’t a physical place, but there are physical venues where companies list their shares for investors to buy or sell – known as ‘stock exchanges’.
Here are some examples of stock exchanges from around the world:
There are several ways that you can invest in the stock market. The main thing you need to do is invest in assets that give you exposure to company share prices. So, you could either buy stocks outright, or you could invest in assets like tracker funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs) – which group together a range of different companies into a single investment fund.
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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest.