What is the Aquis Stock Exchange and how do you invest in it?
The Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) is one of only two recognised investment exchanges for equities in the UK. Learn more about the makeup of the exchange and how you can get exposure to it.
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What is the Aquis Stock Exchange?
The Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) is a primary and secondary market for equity and debt securities that champions entrepreneurship, investment, and growth. It’s one of only two exchanges of its kind in the UK.
The exchange is sector agnostic, which means it welcomes companies from all business areas, including special acquisition vehicles (enterprise companies). AQSE is strictly regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
It has three main aims:
- To drive retail and institutional investment
- To raise eligibility standards through technology and appropriate rules
- To boost liquidity
Companies on the Aquis Stock Exchange Market
There are more than 100 companies listed on the Aquis Stock Exchange. Some of the biggest companies (by market cap) listed are Aquis Exchange, Arbuthnot Banking Group, and Shepherd Neame. A few of the household names you’ll find on AQSE include Chapel Down and Adnams.
Sectors on the exchange include healthcare and pharmaceuticals, drink and hospitality, industrials and mining, to name a few.
Why invest in Aquis shares?
- Most companies listed on the Aquis Stock Exchange are considered growth stocks
- The exchange is driven by transparency, fairness, and simplicity. It provides shareholders with clear valuations and live share prices
- You can access increased liquidity, ensuring effective execution on a regulated market
- Once quoted, spreads on AQSE companies can be lower due to a unique scheme that requires market makers to target a 5% spread or less for Apex stocks, in retail size
How to invest in AQSE shares
- Learn more about Aquis Stock Exchange
- Open a share dealing account or practise on a free demo
- Choose the shares you’re interested in
- Set your position size and manage your risk*
- Place your deal by requesting a quote
- Monitor your position
* Please note that limits and order types other than a fixed-price quote aren’t supported.
Investing in Aquis shares via share dealing
To own physical shares, you’ll buy them outright via our share dealing platform. You’ll pay as little as £3 commission if you deal more than three times in the previous month.1 Our regular commission is £8.
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When you own actual shares, you’ll receive dividend payments if the company offers them, and get voting rights.
You can only go long when investing in shares, meaning your position value needs to increase for you to make a profit. Further, you have to commit the full position size upfront.
Aquis Stock Exchange summed up
- The Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) is a primary and secondary market for equity and debt securities that champions entrepreneurship, investment, and growth
- A few of the household names you’ll find on AQSE include Chapel Down and Shepherd Neame
- Sectors included on the exchange are healthcare and pharmaceuticals, drink and hospitality, industrials and mining
- With us, you can invest in Aquis stocks via share dealing
1 Place three or more trades on your share dealing account in the previous month to qualify for our best commission rates.
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