UK Individual Shareholders Society

ShareSoc

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ABOUT - AND OUR MISSION STATEMENT  

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE UK INDIVIDUAL SHAREHOLDERS SOCIETY

ShareSoc is dedicated to the support of individual investors (private shareholders as opposed to institutional investors - although directors or employees of institutions can join as individual members if they wish). Our aim is to make and keep you better informed so as to improve your investment skills, and protect the value of your investments. We won’t shirk from tackling companies, the Government or other institutions if we think you are not being treated fairly.


There has been a long term decline in the UK in direct holdings of shares. Institutions and the Government have encouraged people to move into “collective” investment vehicles but this has resulted in high management charges (with erosion of your wealth), and the corruption of shareholder democracy. For our full mission statement: >  Objects .

THE NEED TO SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE

Many of the faults in the UK share investment scene arise from private shareholders having no voice.  


Only by speaking out about what is wrong can investors hope to influence national policies or companies. But individual investors need to band together and talk with a unified voice if they are to heard. As an Association for UK shareholders, we can do just that.

IMPROVING INVESTMENT SKILLS

There is a dearth of high quality investment advice and education for those who wish to invest (as opposed to speculate) in the stock market. ShareSoc aims to fill that gap.

INFORMATION IS POWER

Investors often lack the required knowledge to understand the issues, or they are misled by politicians or company directors.


ShareSoc tries to ensure you are fully informed.

THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE TO YOU

NEWS AND INFORMATION

We provide information via newsletters, via this web site and by other means on topics of particular interest to private investors. We aim to keep you up-to-date at all times.

NETWORKING CAPABILITY

By joining ShareSoc you can communicate with other investors and discuss common concerns. You can also learn from their experiences.

COMPANY REPORTS

We publish many informative reviews of companies and reports on Annual General Meetings that are not available from anywhere else. This can give you unique insights to companies, particularly those that are not widely covered in the financial press

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DIRECT INVESTMENT SUPPORT  

ShareSoc is keen to promote direct investment in the stock market and to educate new investors on how to approach it for the first time. Direct investment helps to save costs and is something everyone should consider. ShareSoc provides the basic knowledge you need to start.

REPRESENTATION

EDUCATION AND ADVICE

We will promote your interests to public bodies and to particular companies so as to ensure that the interests of private shareholders are taken into account. We believe all shareholders should be treated equally with a level playing field for information on companies. We support “Shareholder Action Groups” where appropriate and necessary.

Every investor, even the most experienced, can always learn more. We promote sound investment practice and give advice of a general nature to investors.

Note that ShareSoc is a non-profit making body, supported by donations and membership subscriptions from the members who control the organisation. It is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, and run by a conventional board of directors, elected by members. Go to Membership for more information on participation and how to join.

Some of the speakers and audience at a ShareSoc event.

The directors of ShareSoc and their backgrounds are listed on this web page: Directors