The Great Debate UK

The rise and rise of online investing

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EdwardCroft- Edward Croft is CEO of Stockopedia, a UK-based website which aggregates research, commentary and analysis for investors, and offers social networking opportunities. The opinions expressed are his own. He will participate in the Reuters Politics Today live blog at noon British time on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, during Prime Minister’s Questions. Please tune in and join the discussion. -

Online investing started with a bang back in the late 1990s, with the onset of the day trader phenomenon and big IPOs for execution only brokers.

While the bursting of the dotcom bubble served to temporarily slow this trend, advances in communications technology over the last decade have brought even more powerful investment tools to individual investors at bargain prices.

Coupled with a growing mistrust of financial intermediaries due to the fallout from the credit crunch,  increasing numbers of individuals are taking investment matters into their own hands (Barclays Capital recently reported that 85 percent of client trades are now executed online).

2010 Budget: Time to face the music

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EdwardCroft- Edward Croft is CEO of Stockopedia, a UK-based website which aggregates research, commentary and analysis for investors and offers social networking opportunities. The opinions expressed are his own. He will participate in a Reuters Budget live blog at noon GMT on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Please tune in and join the discussion. -

In his recent ‘New Economic Model’ speech,  Shadow Chancellor George Osborne rightly emphasised the need to restore a savings culture in this country. Investment to GDP is the lowest of any G7 country.

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