Barring a few exceptions, all the huge companies sitting at the top of the FTSE 100 started life as penny shares. They all sold products and services that people wanted and kept growing at a consistently fast rate. Perhaps they bought up some of their rivals or diversified into new areas of business. However they made it, these companies have been winners and consistently successful for some time.
Amongst the penny stocks that make up the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) today there's likely to be some that will follow the path of those before and become the industry giants of tomorrow.
This is what makes investing in penny shares so exciting. It's a high-risk, high-reward strategy.
These are exciting times for penny shares
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