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We have compiled a comprehensive A-Z glossary of share dealing and investment terms.


Financial Conduct Authority – an independent, non-governmental body that regulates the financial services industry in the UK.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is the UK's statutory fund of last resort for customers of authorised financial services firms. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) can pay compensation if a firm is unable, or likely to be unable, to pay. For further information please see security of client assets.

Fixed interest stocks

A fixed interest security is basically a loan to the government or a company. With most, you get interest payments for as long as you hold the security. The amount of interest you will get (called the coupon) is expressed as a percentage of the nominal value. If you hold a fixed interest security to the end of its term, you should get back the nominal value as long as the issuing company doesn't run into financial difficulty.

When a company’s shares obtain a listing from the UK Listing Authority and trade on the Exchange. For more information see New Issues and IPOs

FTSE 250
The 250 next largest companies on the LSE.

FTSE 350
The top 350 most valuable companies on the LSE. (FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 combined).

The LSE’s market for growing companies.

FTSE All-Share
All companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (not AIM).

The listing for the largest 100 companies in the UK, based on market capitalisation.

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