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Nearly two million UK shareholders clueless on the value of their shares, ignored by the companies they back and trapped by lack of equity release (Global Banking & Finance review)

| Thursday February 16, 2017

No transparency, no communication – mass frustration as UK shareholders let down by poor investor relations

 Asset Match has surveyed 2,000 UK adults, revealing the widespread feelings of discontent being experienced by the nation’s community of private company shareholders. It found:

 10% of UK shareholders said they have never been given the opportunity to discuss options regarding their shares since making their original investment

  • A further 9% feel locked-in due to an inability to sell or trade the shares they own in a private company – equating to over 600,000 trapped and frustrated investors
  • Post-Brexit sentiment towards stocks and shares is resoundingly positive – 23% of UK investors said they intend to invest in stocks and shares in 2017, trumping property (11%), bonds (7%) and commodities (7%)
  • However, 11% of shareholders say they have held shares for longer than they intended to
    • This figure rises to 20% among 18-34 year olds, showing the next generation of investors are more frustrated by the lack of fluidity in equity investments
  • 27% of respondents – the equivalent of 1.8 million shareholders across the UK – do not know the current value of the shares they own
  • More than a million shareholders (16%) would like to invest in other high-growth businesses but cannot because of an inability to sell their existing shares
    • Almost a quarter (24%)of shareholders aged 18-34 said this was the case

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