I invited members of the Small Cap Value Report to share which systems they used for trading and information on the 30th November in the comments section of Paul Scott's blog. By 9am Friday 1st December I had received 120 responses so I decided to summarise the findings earlier than I intended. 

Sample size: 120

1. Respondent trading behaviour - time spent researching and trading (115 answers)
58% of respondents traded for 1%-24% of their time

24% - 25%-49% of their time

7% - 50%-74%of their time

6% - 75%-99% of their time

1% - 100% of their time

2. Share dealing platforms used (multiple answers possible - 176 answers)

Hargreaves 22%
iii/TD 18%
IG Index 11%
Selftrade 9%
A J Bell/Youinvest 9%
Barclays 7%
Halifax 7%
Other 3% (5 firms mentioned, once each)
iweb 3%
I dealing 3%
X-O 2%
Share centre 2%
Charles Stanley 2%
De Giro 1%
Best Invest 1%

3. Other platforms used for derivatives/fx/currency etc (118 answers. NB: The multiple answer option was 'off' for this but people still made other suggestions under 'other')
I don't do this sort of trading 55%
IG Index 32%
Other 5%
Spreadex 4%
CMC 3%

4. Paid for subscriptions to research and analysis (117 answers)
69% Stockopedia
15% I don't pay for research and analysis
7% Investors Chronicle
6% Research Tree
1% Motley Fool
1% Vectorvest
1% Sharescope

5. Bulletins boards used (191 answers)

91% Stockopedia


18% iii

12% London and South East

I hope you find this useful, let me know what you think.  There's a lot more analysis that could be conducted, especially if one segmented the findings by different behavioural types, but that would take a lot more time than I have available. 

Finally,  if you'd like me to poll this board about other subjects, I'd be happy to consider doing more quick and dirty research like this. 

Have a great weekend


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