FTSE main market still struggling to keep pace with AIM!

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Against all apparent and previously established logic London’s AIM market for smaller growing companies has comfortably outperformed London’s main market in all key areas during the Covid-19 period so far, one of the worst periods of economic uncertainty and downturn in our economic history.

The AIM All-Share index rose 26% between the end of January 2020 and the end of March 2021, while the FTSE All-Share Index fell -7.8%.

Also, in 2020 AIM saw a -27% fall in the number of companies leaving the market bringing the total to 55. However, the number of companies de-listing on the FTSE All-Share, rose 8% to 53, with some of those joining AIM.

On top of that, money raised by new companies joining the main market fell -19% to £2.5bn, while AIM only saw a decline of -1% from £496m to £489m.

Our associated online investment magazine Investor’s Champion covers all the new arrivals to AIM. April’s new arrivals are covered in the Blog here.

But why such a difference? Well AIM by its nature is a marketplace for many innovative and fast-moving business which are better positioned to adapt quickly. AIM also has a large exposure to some of the economy’s best-performing sectors, such as technology. The main market on the other hand has been pulled down by more established and slow-moving businesses with some in struggling sectors in the pandemic such as oil, banking and housebuilding.

The main market is yet to reach its pre-pandemic level. In contrast, AIM keeps its place as one of the most successful growth markets in the world and continues to prosper and generate enviable returns for investors.

Enjoy your weekend,

The Fundamental Asset Team


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