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The Evolution of Share Trading

I'm amazed at just how far share trading as in industry has come in the past couple of decades. I would find it hard to name a pre-existing industry that has benefitted so directly from the internet age. Twenty years ago - spurred on by the luxury lifestyle an intimate knowledge of share trading afforded the likes of Gordon Gecko in Wall Street - I recall having a vague interest in shares and trading; with vague being the operative word. I mean, back then - pre-internet - unless you had a parent who was a stock-broker, how did you even get a...