Shares in a company are typically issued to raise capital at launch or for the planned expansion of a business and reflect proportionate ownership of a company or enterprise.

By buying Shares in a company, an investor legally owns a certain percentage of that company and may be eligible to exercise voting rights and receive a percentage of profits, called a dividend, from the company’s earnings.

Share trading is sometimes referred to as Equity trading, as the owner of Shares has direct equity in the company they have chosen to invest in.

When you trade Shares at Unicorn you are speculating on the underlying Share price movement rather than owning any shares yourself.

This means that you can trade on price movements using a Spread betting or CFD trading account and can open both Buy and Sell positions on a stock, for greater trading opportunities

Share trading is a diverse, exciting market with plenty of trading opportunities across a wide variety of sectors. Share prices can be influenced by a number of market events such as:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, take-overs and special dividends – these events are largely grouped together as “Corporate actions”
  • Company news – For example the launch of a new product, change in management, rebrands and big campaigns
  • Earnings – These are the earnings a company reports each year which give the market insight into how profitable the business is and its health relative to competitors in the same space
  • Wider market events – These can include things like big news events concerning competitors, disruptions to supply chains, economic date, legislation changes and trade tariffs

Is Shares trading for me?

Share trading offers investors huge trading and investment possibilities across a number of sectors.
When you trade Shares with Unicorn you’ll have access to Equities from around the world and can choose from solid, blue-chip stocks to newer, more volatile markets. You will also have the option to trade on major IPOs when available.

Share trading could be right for you if you are looking for short, medium and longer-term trading opportunities and have a good understanding of the Shares market.

You can trade Shares on our powerful, award-winning TraderPro platform as well as on our advanced iOS and Android apps.

You can trade a variety of diverse sectors with Unicorn when you speculate on Share price movement of UK companies. We offer a range of major FTSE 100 companies as well as smaller Shares which offer greater volatility and more trading opportunities

The US Share market is one of the busiest and most heavily traded in the world and offers investors plenty of opportunities in newer, rapidly growing sectors as well as in more established industries like banking and retail.

With Shares from Germany, Spain, France, Sweden, Italy, The Netherlands and more we have plenty of trading opportunities on European Shares. The EU represents one of the world’s biggest trading markets with global companies across sectors like retail, automobiles, banking, e-commerce and tech.