London Stock ExchangeFinancial Dictionary -> Investing -> London Stock Exchange
Being the largest exchange in Europe and the UK's primary exchange, the LSE attracts more international companies than any other exchange, boasting stocks from over 50 different countries.
Like most major stock exchanges the London Stock Exchange not only helps facilitate trades of stock, but also bonds, options/futures, commodities and other financial securities associated with its publicly listed companies, of which anybody can invest. This open market can be accessed from anywhere online, although a broker is still usually needed to make the transactions.
The four main sectors of the London Stock Exchange are Equity Markets (to help companies raise capital), Trading services (the market for trading in all types of securities), Market Data (offering very efficient real time information) and a Derivatives market.
Although information can be obtained and trades can be instigated at anytime due to its electronic system and the use of the internet, actual trading does not take place until the hours of 8am to 4:30pm, from Monday to Friday. Pre-announced holidays where trading is closed are announced well ahead of time.