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Shareholders are those who own a portion of the business and enjoy advantages in terms of financial gain, like dividend payouts and the potential for a rise in stock prices. However, shareholders must also be prepared for the possibility of losing money if the company goes under.

Investment platforms let investors purchase a variety of funds, shares and bonds from one place, often inside their tax-free shares and stocks ISA, or self-invested private pension (SIPP). They’re similar to online supermarkets that make it simple to manage investments from the same location.

A number of factors should be taken into account when selecting a platform for example, costs, customer service and how easy to use. The most important aspect to consider is whether the platform offers various investment options, particularly when you want to save money for retirement, or your children’s education.

In addition to the obvious benefits of trading on the on the go, online trading platforms provide a number of additional advantages. There are many advantages such as the ability to transfer money from one account to another easily and research tools as well as investment advice. Investors are also able to access their accounts anytime, whether they are at home or in an working from their office. However, they should be aware of the risks involved with trading online and ensure they choose a reputable brokerage firm. For more information on the best brokers, Forbes Advisor has a an extensive guide available here.