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The London Stock Exchange is one of the most prominent stock markets in the world, and as with every exchange, the LSE has a number of indices to show how the UK stock market is performing. The main one of these is the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 (FTSE 100). You can call it the Footsie – everyone does. As the name suggests, the FTSE 100 takes the 100 companies with the biggest market capitalisation…

If you’re with Orca, you’re an investor, and as an investor, you’ll likely ask yourself two questions for the rest of your investing life. The first one is: what’s happening on the market? (Options: we’re soaring into a bubble; we’re plummeting into an abyss; we’re growing nicely like flowers in the field.) The second question is: how does my chosen stock compare to the market in general? (Options: my stock is lagging behind; my stock…

Advanced statistics Do you know what the Paasche Formula is? You don’t? Well then, we’ll just have to skip the Advanced Statistics course. Please proceed to Elementary Statistics. Elementary Statistics Let’s say we have a selection of public companies, each with a number of stocks on the market. If we multiply this number by the stock’s current share price, we get each company’s market capitalisation. The combined market capitalisation of all the companies makes up…

Applicability This guide regarding your first collection is applicable to you if you are an investment newbie and have little idea how to start. It is also applicable to you if you have a general concept of how investing works but don’t really know what to choose or which direction to go. This guide also pretty much applies to you if you have a clear picture of the stocks out there, just want to try…