Trade Online? Not Me, Guv

It's proving tough to sell the British on cyber-stockbuying

Among European investors from Stockholm to Spain, there is no doubt where the future of stock trading lies--on the Internet. In the past six months, the number of online accounts in Europe has more than doubled, to 2.9 million, and it's expected to double again by next year. One would think, then, that Britain, with its long tradition of equity ownership and one of Europe's most wired populations, would be first in line to join the online trading revolution. Instead, it's the laggard of Europe.

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