The value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Market can have several meanings within investments. Generally it is defined as a medium through which assets are traded, with their value determined by supply and demand.

Market definition

Market can have several meanings within investments. Generally it is defined as a medium through which assets are traded, with their value determined by supply and demand.

Market can refer to:

  • a broad grouping of assets (like the technology market) or an index (like the FTSE 100)
  • a place – physical or nominal – that facilitates buying and selling of assets (like the stock market)
  • the trading and movements of financial assets as a whole (‘the markets’, or ‘financial markets’)
  • the price at which an asset is being traded (the market price).

 

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