Welcome to the Investors Trading Academy talking glossary of financial terms and events.
Our word of the day is “Alternative Investment Market (AIM)”
The Alternative Investment Market is a separate market within the London Stock Exchange set up for the purpose of trading shares in small, young and growing companies. Investors have the benefit of being able to trade in these companies on a market regulated by the Exchange. The companies have the benefit of access to investment capital without the cost and regulatory burden of a full listing on the main market. The nature of these companies means that their share prices are likely to be more volatile.
As of 2010, more than 3,000 international companies have joined the Alternative Investment Market since its launch in 1995. AIM seeks to assist smaller and growing companies in raising growth capital. Early stage businesses, venture capital-backed companies and more established businesses may join AIM to help raise the capital necessary for expansion.
By Barry Norman, Investors Trading Academy – ITA