The London Stock Exchange's new website has gone live today. Addressing the needs of the retail community, the updated site offers new tools and services together with greater access to data and news.
A new homepage and additions across the site will enhance an already popular resource with private investors. The new services include:
• New data available on International markets and share of trading
• Daily news updates through live newsfeeds from Dow Jones and Digital Look
• New personal finance news page, including regular news updates for the private investor community
• Enhanced company summaries, including a new company fundamentals page
• Free alert service and weekly newsletter for registered users
• A weekly focus section addressing current topics in the market with expert commentary from the Exchange and quarterly discussion pieces that look in detail at wider issues affecting the markets.
Luca Baselice, Group Corporate Websites Manager for London Stock Exchange Group, said: "We are delighted to introduce this increased functionality to our London website. Greater access to data, informative commentary and live news updates will create a more comprehensive service for the retail community actively engaged in our markets.
"As part of an ongoing dialogue with our customers these changes will provide private investors with a broad range of tools and enhanced access to market information online."
The launch of these new web services today is part of a wider series of initiatives by the Exchange aimed at facilitating better access to financial markets and improved information for private investors:
• In February this year it launched the Order Book for Retail Bonds (ORB) to give private investors greater access to fixed income investment.
• In July, the Exchange announced a pricing promotion on real time market data aimed at the private investor community.
• A pricing promotion to incentivise private client brokers to offer customers the ability to direct their business straight onto the Exchange's order books was launched at the end of July.
• The Exchange has been working with member firms to extend the availability of Direct Market Access (DMA) to retail clients;
• Proquote, the London Stock Exchange's real-time market data and trading terminal has a network connecting over 30 Retail Service Providers to over 135 brokers. Proquote's Retail Service Provider execution hub has shown considerable growth and is now one of the UK's largest retail execution hubs. The average amount traded over the last three months rose to £2.2 billion, an increase of 54 per cent on the same period in 2009.