Why investors should look to Aim stocks for quality growth

The launch of the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) in 1995 was one move in a long line of attempts to expand the number of listings in the UK of higher-growth, but higher-risk, smaller companies through light-touch regulation aimed at make listing both cheap and easy.

Harry Nimmo gives his rules for stock-picking success

Over three decades ago an academic paper revealed a simple yet highly effective way to improve investors’ odds of stock market success: avoid the big names and instead identify tomorrow’s giants. The study, carried out by Rolf Banz in 1981 at the University of Chicago, first documented what is known today as the ‘small firm effect’ or ‘small-cap premium’, whereby over the long term smaller-sized shares deliver much higher returns than their larger rivals.