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Our broking teams provide you with direct access to the global equity markets.

The markets we primarily deal in are;

FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 is an index composed of the 100 largest companies on the London Stock Exchange (LSE),The index is maintained by the FTSE Group, a now wholly owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange which originated as a joint venture between the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange. It is calculated in real time and published every 15 seconds.FTSE 100 companies represent about 81% of the entire market capitalisation of the London Stock Exchange.

Even though the FTSE All-Share Index is more comprehensive, the FTSE 100 is by far the most widely used UK stock market indicator. The constituents of the index are determined quarterly; the largest companies in the FTSE 250 Index are promoted if their market capitalisation would place them in the top ninety companies of the FTSE 100 Index.Component companies must meet a number of requirements set out by the FTSE Group, including having a full listing on the London Stock Exchange with Sterling or Euro denominated price on the Stock Exchange Electronic Trading Service, and meeting certain tests on nationality, free float, and liquidity.

Continuous trading on the London Stock Exchange starts at 08:00 and ends at 16:30 (when the closing auction starts), and closing values are taken at 16:35.

Other related indices are the:

FTSE 250

Index (which includes the next largest 250 companies after the FTSE 100).

FTSE 350

Index (which is the aggregation of the FTSE 100 and 250).

FTSE SmallCap

is an index of small market capitalisation companies consisting of the 351st to the 619th largest listed companies on the London Stock Exchange main market. The index is a constituent of the FTSE All Share Index which is an index of all 620 companies listed on the main market of the LSE.This Index value is re-calculated in real-time and published every minute. and FTSE Fledgling Index. consists of under 200 UK companies outside of the FTSE All-Share Index.

FTSE All-Share

Aggregates the FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and FTSE SmallCap, it represents the performance of all eligible companies listed on the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) main market, which pass screening for size and liquidity. The index captures 98% of the UK’s market capitalisation. The FTSE All-Share Index is considered to be the best performance measure of the London equity market, with the vast majority of UK-focused money invested in funds which track it. The index is suitable as the basis for investment products, such as funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). FTSE All-Share Index constituents are traded on the LSE’s SETS and SETSmm trading systems.


The AIM (formerly the Alternative Investment Market) is a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange, allowing smaller companies to float shares with a more flexible regulatory system than is applicable to the main market.

AIM launched on 19 June 1995 and has raised almost £24 billion (thousand million) and has helped more than 3,000 small-medium-sized companies raise equity to support their growth

Flexibility is provided by less regulation and no requirements for capitalisation or number of shares issued.

AIM has also started to become an international exchange, often due to its low regulatory burden, especially in relation to the Sarbanes–Oxley Act (though only a quarter of AIM-listed companies would qualify to list on a U.S. stock exchange even prior to passage of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act). As of December 2005 over 270 foreign companies had been admitted to the AIM.

The independent FTSE Group maintains three indices for measuring the AIM, which are the FTSE AIM UK 50 Index, FTSE AIM 100 Index, and FTSE AIM All-Share Index


ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange (ISDX) (formerly Plus Stock Exchange/PLUS-SX) is an equity market for small and medium sized companies who want to raise money from investors to finance and grow their businesses. It allows companies to come to the public markets for the first time to raise equity finance or existing listed companies to raise further finance.

The ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange Limited is a Recognised Investment Exchange under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, a Recognised Stock Exchange under S1005 (1)(b) Income Tax Act 2007 and a member of the ICAP Group.

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