What are stocks and shares? A stock represents ownership within a company, whilst shares are individual units of stock that specify how much you own. For more useful knowledge, read on!

Apple stock as a fractional share
Group of people asking questions related to stocks and shares
Dollar-cost averaging for beginners
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Warren Buffett talking about seven stocks that make up 80 per cent of his portfolio
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Graphic of stock market opening times
Vampire with fangs explaining what FAANG stocks are
Compound interest increasing over time
A graphic of the Paris stock market
The Nasdaq stock market vs the New York Stock Exchange
The Nasdaq's opening and closing times
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) graphic
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A United Kingdom stock market graphic
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A bear market image featuring a negative trend line and a bear
A woman buying the dip
A bull market image demonstrated by a positive trend line over a bull
What is a stock split?
How to invest in stocks
Which stocks should I buy?
What is the Dow Jones?
When is the right time to buy and sell stocks
Women led companies on the Shares app
Woman lying on a sofa receiving passive income
Renewable energy stocks on the Shares app
A group of friends discussing whether buying stocks gambling
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Meet the authors

Lucy Burgess

Lucy Burgess

Head of Content

Lucy has spent the last 8 years working in fintech. It's safe to say she's pretty passionate about making finance welcoming to everyone.

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James Ashoo

Content Writer

James has been investing for over four years. His aim is to explain the hard stuff, easily! When he's not chewing your ear off about stocks and crypto, he'll most likely be telling bad jokes.

Harjas Singh

Harjas Singh

Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder

With a wealth of experience in fintech, Harjas is the man in the know when it comes to all things product. Investing features, chatting capabilities and thriving communities – he oversees all development on the Shares app!