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Think you own your shares? It turns out you might not.

By Ben Turney | Sunday 23 August 2015


Disclosure: I own shares in one or more of the stocks mentioned. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.


The New World Oil & Gas (NEW) forward selling fiasco exposed one of AIM’s most significant structural faults; do you really own the shares you’ve purchased? The secretive role of market makers in the function of AIM is not widely understood or appreciated. Few private investors realise just how much power and control this furtive group wields over physical stock and, therefore, share prices. During the New World controversy the London Stock Exchange proved itself ineffectual in enforcing its own rulebook, which is meant to oversee the actions of market makers and protect the legal rights of shareholders. Below I share some correspondence I had with major retail broker Share Centre, six weeks ago. This helps demonstrate how certain City firms directly interfered with the legal rights of New World’s shareholders, while the London Stock Exchange stood idly by. 

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