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By C.D.J. Waters

Supplying a lifeline either to these beginning out within the jargon-ridden international of finance and to any person attempting to put money into the inventory marketplace, Donald Waters's trouble-free consultant demonstrates that it takes simply part an hour for any reader to profit adequate that allows you to interpret the monetary pages with self belief.

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Between these is the middle price, which is the one that is generally published. When you see 30 Share Prices a share price, remember that this is not the price at which you can expect to buy or sell, and do not forget other little details such as stockbrokers’ commissions, stamp duty and capital gains tax. But what sets the share price? It is reassuring to find that share prices react to supply and demand. When brokers start buying large numbers of a particular share, market-makers adjust the offer price upwards; on the other hand, they adjust the bid price downwards when they have difficulty selling a share.

But what sets the share price? It is reassuring to find that share prices react to supply and demand. When brokers start buying large numbers of a particular share, market-makers adjust the offer price upwards; on the other hand, they adjust the bid price downwards when they have difficulty selling a share. ’ This is more difficult to answer, but the underlying theme is that investors expect the shares to rise in value. They buy shares now so that they can sell them later at a profit. There are several reasons why a share might rise in value: • Takeovers: when one company tries to take over another, it has to pay a premium above the current share price.

Remember when looking at these indices that there is a difference between ‘percentage’ and ‘percentage point’. Suppose that an index with a base value of 100 rises from 200 to 210 on a particular day. You can describe this as a rise of ‘ten percentage points’ (the number of points it rose) or ‘five percent’ (the rise as a percentage of the previous value). 39 5 SPREADING RISK Risk and insurance Financial markets are, by their nature, risky places. People forecast – or guess – what will happen in the future and invest their money accordingly.

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