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Britons Need Money and Guidance to Invest
(02 March 2004)

Over half of Britons would invest in the stock market if they were given 10,000, according to a new survey by NatWest Stockbrokers. Over a third would invest if someone could give them tips on which shares to invest in and 36% wanted a simple way of dealing before they would invest in the market.

When asked about their attitude towards the stock market, 28% of respondents said they would love to invest in the stock market if they had the money as well as an easy way of carrying out the transactions. Just under a fifth thought that the stock market was fascinating but didn't have enough money to invest.

Lack of money to spare (52%), uncertainty over which shares to choose (37%) and unsure how to invest in shares (37%) are the main reasons why 77% of Britons are currently not investing in the stock market.

Bob Hamilton of NatWest Stockbrokers, said: "Share dealing has never been easier and people should not be deterred by thoughts that it is difficult to do. Customers can now choose how they want to trade shares. They can deal through NatWest Stockbrokers online, by telephone or even in some bank branches."

For those keen to invest in the stock market, construction and property (42%), technology (37%) and banking and finance (33%) are the most popular sectors. Shares in the health sector (45%) and in retailing (39%) are most popular with those respondents in the West Midlands.

Over four fifths of respondents in Yorkshire and Humberside didn't have enough money to spare or didn't want to risk the value of their investment going down as well as up. Those in the East Midlands (43%) and Wales (46%) however were more likely to hold off investing because they weren't familiar with the process.

Nearly one tenth of respondents in the north west, Yorkshire, East Anglia and Wales would love to invest in the market but needed help doing it. Surprisingly, 53% stated that they were not that interested in the stock market and preferred to stick with more conventional methods of saving.

Notes to editors:

  • The research was carried out by TNS in February 2004.
  • A representative sample of 1011 adults were interviewed.
  • For more information on NatWest Stockbrokers, visit
  • Please remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up, and that you may not get back the amount of your original investment.
  • NatWest Stockbrokers Limited. Registered in England. No. 1959479. Registered Office: Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2TH. NatWest Stockbrokers Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a Member of the London Stock Exchange and OFEX, and is operated by a joint venture between The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc and The Toronto-Dominion Bank.

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