Our private investor campaign is gaining momentum


Our campaign to ensure private investors can buy shares in companies before they are listed on the UK stock market is gaining momentum

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Our campaign to ensure that private investors can buy shares in companies before they are listed on the UK stock market is gaining momentum.

In recent days, both the powerful Association of Investment Companies and the investment house Edison Group have contributed to the campaign.

They agree that when companies list their shares on the London Stock Exchange through an initial public offering (IPO), it should not only be large investment companies that are allowed to participate.

Helping the Little People: In recent days, both the powerful Association of Investment Companies and the investment house Edison Group have contributed to the campaign

Helping the Little People: In recent days, both the powerful Association of Investment Companies and the investment house Edison Group have contributed to the campaign

Retail investors should also be given the option to get in from the start – rather than having to wait for the stock to start trading.

Analysis by technology platform PrimaryBid commissioned by The Mail on Sunday shows that private investors are often the victims of being banned from IPOs.

Of the 15 largest IPOs this year that shunned retail investors, 11 resulted in opening prices above the listing price. This meant that investors wanted to buy stocks that were overpaid.

Richard Stone, the new chief of the AIC, says that “private investors are an essential source of capital and liquidity for the UK stock market” and that they should be given “greater access” to IPOs.

Fraser Thorne, Edison chief executive, says our campaign is “vital.”

He adds: “Retail investors tend to focus on financing innovative growth companies that will play a fundamental role in driving a sustainable recovery. We need all the available capital to get the economy back on track.’

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