Introduce yourself 👋

This is a blatant lie. Took my a few seconds, will take you 10 to 20 if you actually read before signing :grin:


Not that you’re advocating signing important things without reading them first :grin:


Hello new user here thought I would say a quick hello and the reason I am here.

My name is ben, I from a young age was interested in horticultural matters and studied at Plumpton college in soil management and green keeping, I worked on many golf courses as a green keeper and while I enjoyed my 20’s working for a bit then going travelling for a bit.

The was something missing and it felt like life made no real purpose. On meeting my girlfriend 3 years ago who is a vegan and something of a do gooder things started to fall into place and I realised what I was missing was a sense of purpose and making a difference in the world.

We have done some volunteering and were lucky enough to go out to The Gambia this winter. Lucy was doing volunteering in schools and teaching women out there how to sew. It is very sad but the women in The Gambia do not have many skills and have never been taught anything skills that can help them earn money.

The growing tourism trade is bringing money into the country but most of the produce is brought in from other countries, so now the is a chance we can help them to make money for themselves and create a stronger economy.

I volunteered on a farm and with a couple of other Europeans who were out there as well, we were sat around in the evening discussing how we could try to make things better there. Agriculture is my passion and it was amazing to help the Gambians learn and improve farming techniques, the soil is actually some of the most fertile I have ever seen but very poorly managed.

The biggest issue for them is that currently 80% of their food is imported and though a small country they could and should do so much better. One of the issues is the lack of machinery it is like they are farming as we did in the 18th century. The EU sends some funds in grants but it is not enough and me and the guys out there could not help but feel an opportunity was being missed out.

My reason for being on this site is I have always believed in capitalism I grew up in a centre right household who believed in hard work and with parents who invested in stocks and shares. But they as National trust members always took me and my sister to the places where the owners had actually contributed back into society. It makes more and more sense to me that as important as making money is, I want to invest that take a serious view into trying to make the world a better place.

I believe that the must be a way for us to invest in companies that wish to invest in the developing world, but companies that can make a difference and not just pillage these countries.

So I am loving this site and the way it can give people the chance to directly invest, I think what you guys are doing is great. I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in ethical investing and also those who have any ideas on how we can invest in Africa to really help the continent. A place I fell in love with and am missing so much, not due to go back till October.

Sorry for the slightly rambling post. All the best, Ben.


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Hi there!!

Quickly introducing myself here.

I’m Diogo a full-time Business Management - Finance student and a part-time Product Management at very cool fintech in Liverpool Street (not far from your offices!)

I love investments and see money multiplies (when everything goes right :smile:).

Looking forward to learning even more from this community!

@Freetrade_Team1 is there any chance to have an office tour/ meet the team?



Hey Diogo, it’s great that you found us here :smile:

We’re big fans of cool FinTech companies too!

I’ll send you a DM about catching up. But since you mentioned it, I’ll take the chance to shamelessly plug our monthly community meet-ups as one of the best places for anyone to meet the team, there’s always lots us us there :dancing_women:

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Hi all,

I’m Lee, Head of Digital for a finance company, and digital marketing geek.

Always been interested in investing, but the fees have usually been too high for “small” investment amounts or the apps have been far too over complicated.

Just downloaded the app after finding it on Product Hunt, and loving it.

Hopefully you’ll be adding the AIM market soon :slight_smile:

Looking forward to getting to know other!



Hi there, I’m Simon.

I’ve been a member of Freetrade for a little while now, but waiting to be able to transfer my current ISA before diving in properly.

Count me for in chats here though. Money going into my ISA has dried up somewhat since the arrival of kids, but hoping that I might be able to get going with that again shortly.

Looking forward to getting to know you all!


Hey Lee, welcome! We have a few AIM stocks, such as Fever Tree and ASOS. Anything specific you’re missing?

Hey Ben, great to see you here, and I hope we’ll hear more about your story and the investments you find! :raised_hands:

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Hi Viktor,

Yep, I see there are a few AIM stocks in the app, which is great.

Nothing in particular, but would be nice to use one app for trading rather than 2/3, if that makes sense?

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Hi everyone. I’m new to trading currently researching how trading works. Looking forward to trading with free-trade.


Welcome to Freetrade!

Take a look around the community - there are a lot of resources to help you get started.

Have fun!


Hi! Looking forward to participating in many thought-provoking conversations with this brilliant community. I am interested in esoteric single name bets and in ETFs with low administration fees. My retirement account is 75% pharma and biotech and 25% tech companies.


Thanks for the welcome aboard Freetrade. There’s loads I could share about myself but when it comes to SNS and money it’s probably best to keep shstum.
I’m interested in tech, disruptive technologies, and DIVIDEND stocks as we could be nearing the end of the cycle for GROWTH stocks. However, I like a punt on a new company from time to time.


Welcome (again) Mary :smile:

It seems like everyone’s talking about dividends at the moment so maybe you’re onto something there! E.g. Dividend paying stocks - new(ish) investor question it’d be great to hear more about what you have in mind.

Hi there! Ive been investing in physical gold, silver & platinum for the past fews years. Looking for something more virtual hence signing up to Freetrade. Starting small with a few hundred quid but aim to get to 10k over the next couple of years. Looking for dividends and growth!


Welcome :grinning:

I’d like to do something similar!

You mentioned that you’d like to retire early, are you thinking about trying a FIRE lifestyle too by any chance?

Yeah, thats the plan. Thanks for the link. I need to read in a bit more detail but no one wants to be working still in there sixties. I certainly dont lol

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Hi, I’m Cassie.

I’m a mum of 3 (4 if we include my husband :rofl:), a small business owner and I work f/t.
I’m trying to learn ways to invest my money as I dont want to be working until 70!:weary:
I need to learn how to make my money work for me and stocks and shares seems to be the way to do it, so here I am!