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Share trading statistics

Coronavirus has sent shockwaves through the economy.

As global stock markets dealt with the fallout from COVID-19 in 2020, there was an influx of new retail investors as young people entered the market for the first time and, in some countries, government stimulus meant people had extra cash to spend or invest.

But how many people actually put money on the stock market? And are more people expected to invest in the year ahead? Finder surveyed 23,659 people in 16 countries to find out.

Irish share trading stats

As it stands, Ireland ranks 9th out of 16 countries for stock trading with 33% saying they currently own stocks. Of those, 29% (28.76%) bought shares in just the last 12 months and 5% (4.55%) say they already held stock but haven't invested recently.

By the end of the year, it's expected that a further 15% will purchase shares, according to Finder's Global Investing Adoption Survey.

Overall, Irish people are most likely to invest less than €1,000, with 16% investing this much. Meanwhile, 4% of Irish people say they've invested €1,000-€4,000, 2% have invested €4,001-€8,000, and 6% have invested more than €8,000.

Men are more likely to be investing than women

Around 36% of men currently own shares compared to 26% of women. By the end of the year, we'll see an additional 16% of men and 12% of women purchase shares.


Interestingly, men are more likely than women to invest more than €8,000, with 7% of men saying they did so compared to just 3% of women.

35-44 year olds lead the pack for investing

People aged 35-44 are most likely to own shares, with 41% currently holding investments and an additional 11% set to invest by the end of the year.


While those aged 35-44 are most likely to invest overall, it's those aged 45-54 who are most likely to invest big, with 9.38% of people in this age group having invested more than €8,000.

How does Ireland compare to the rest of the world?

At the time of the study, an average of 34% of those surveyed said they currently owned shares. Hong Kong investors lead the way, with approximately 57% of adults owning shares. An additional 20% of Hong Kong adults are expected to buy shares by the end of 2021.

Singapore is not too far behind Hong Kong, with 53% reporting that they own shares and an additional 18% expected to buy shares by the end of the year. Rounding out the top 3 is the US, where 47% say they currently have investments in the stock market and an additional 15% say they will invest by the end of the year.

At the other end of the investing spectrum is Mexico, where just 13% say they currently have investments. However, by the end of the year an additional 27% of Mexicans expect to invest.

It's a similar story with Spain, with only 18% saying they have currently invested. When asked about their plans for investments by the end of 2021, an additional 17% reported that they will own shares.

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