AIM

The Alternative Investment Market (Aim) was first established in 1995 by the London Stock Exchange as a way for newer firms to gain access to public funds. It has less demanding entry criteria than those applied to companies wanting to join the LSE Official List.

An Aim ‘quotation’ is often used as a stepping-stone for firms planning a full listing in the future. The main benefits of joining AIM for new firms are the ability to raise finance and make acquisitions more easily. Aim is becoming increasingly popular with non-UK firms seeking an international listing, as a result of its low regulatory requirements compared with equivalent markets in the US.

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Paul Hodges: house prices could fall 50% in 'Great Unwinding'

Merryn Somerset Webb interviews Paul Hodges about deflation, the global economy's 'Great Unwinding', and how Britain's house prices could halve.


Which investment platform?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from. They all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.
Find out which one is best for you.


27 January 1969: Students set up the LSE-in-exile

Students at the London School of Economics occupied the University of London Union building on this day in 1969, in protest at the erection of new security gates.