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A journey through investment markets

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When you invest in shares, you are supplying capital to companies whose stock is traded on exchanges around the world. In return, you own a small part of these businesses.

Global stock exchanges

Stock exchanges are often represented by an index, which shows how that market is performing.

Here are some of the best known:

  • UK - FTSE 100; 250; AIM
  • US - S&P 500/Down Jones Industrial Average/NASDAQ Composite
  • Tokyo - NIKKEI 225
  • China - SSE Composite
  • Brazil - Bovespa

Markets: opportunities & challenges

Each market is different. Here is some of the key information you might consider when choosing where to invest.


Investors like:

Educated workforce

Tax regime

Investors don't like:


Inflexible workforce


Investors like:

Access to global markets

Low taxation

Investors don't like:

Protectionist policies


Investors like:

Consistent regulatory climate

Good infrastructure

Investors don't like:

Tax regime

Increasing uncertainty following Brexit

China & India

Investors like:

Huge domestic markets

Access to raw materials

Investors don't like:

Political control of currency and markets

Emerging Markets

(e.g. Brazil and Russia)

Investors like:

Rising middle class

Strategic location

Investors don't like:

Political and currency uncertainty

Risk notice

Any information provided should not be considered personal advice. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. You may not get back the full amount you invest. If you have any doubts about making your own investment decisions, seek financial advice. Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future. The information given is not intended to provide legal, tax or financial advice.

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