12.3% of UK quoted shares are owned by individuals*
£2.04 trillion is the value of shares in quoted UK domiciled companies*
Investing is 91% more likely to outperform cash over 10 years**
Buying shares in a company means that you have part ownership and, whilst you maintain what you own, you have a direct stake in its future performance.
If the company does well, you will profit. If not, you might see a fall in the value of your shares, so it is not surprising that shareholders pay close attention to a business’ plans for growth and how well it is managed.
Deciding which company is likely to provide steady growth and identifying which smaller ones look set to make big gains, is part of why people enjoy the challenge of investing.
When you have a stake in a company you are no longer watching from the sidelines and as a shareholder you have the right to receive annual reports and accounts, attend General Meetings and, usually, vote in them.
As a customer of EQi, shareholder rights still apply however requests will need to be made to the companies direct. If you wish to attend a particular company meeting, or exercise your voting rights, you can contact the Customer Experience Centre on 0345 0700 720, giving as much notice as possible prior to the meeting.
Shareholders can also receive dividend payments from the company profits. Directors don’t have to declare a dividend but if they do, with EQi you have the option to reinvest them and build up what you own.
Want to research a company? EQi gives you just what you are looking for. Search thousands of stocks and shares listed on the UK and global markets.
The value of investments can fall as well as rise and any income from them is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
EQi does not provide investment advice. If you are in any doubt as to the risk or suitability of an investment or product you should seek advice from an independent financial adviser.
The extent and value of any ISA tax advantages or benefits will vary according to the individual's circumstances. The levels and bases of taxation may also change.
From the moment you open your account, EQi puts you in control of your shares and investment strategy.
Not only do you decide what to buy or sell, your dashboard allows you to select which features you want to set up.
Whether you want to create a stocks and shares watchlist, establish Limit and Stop Orders or request that your dividends are reinvested – it’s your call.