Investors buy and sell shares through a stockbroker. Stockbrokers have to be approved by the UK financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority or their home regulator if they are based outside the UK , and they need to pass certain specific exams, proving they are qualified for the job.
There are hundreds of stockbroking firms and individual stockbrokers in the UK, many of whom are members of the London Stock Exchange. Investors can find these brokers, including local and specialised firms, using the London Stock Exchange website. Different investors have different needs and stockbroking services fall into three broad categories, discretionary, advisory and execution only.
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Retail Bonds Structured Products. This section provides comprehensive listings of UK stockbrokers to enable you to find the level of service that best matches your requirements. Broker a Search By. Key Execution only brokers solely buy or sell shares according to your instructions, providing no advice whatsoever. Discretionary brokers buy and sell shares on your behalf and also have the authority to make investment decisions without your prior approval.
You may also wish to choose a broker that offers Direct Market Access DMA , a new and growing service that lets investors execute directly with other market participants on the Exchange's trading service.
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