Building Freetrade

Live pricing has arrived on your app

One of our most highly-requested features is here.

26/7/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

How we do on-call at Freetrade 

What goes on when you get involved in the on-call rota?

25/6/2021

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Patrick Buhagiar

Building Freetrade

Migrating our Android app from Dagger to Hilt

How we’re continuously modernising our app.

16/6/2021

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Alex Curran

Building Freetrade

Becoming an Engineer at Freetrade

Our step by step guide on how you can start building Freetrade.

8/6/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

A day in the life of a Freetrade QA engineer

Achchu Ganeshanathan gives an inside glimpse on what makes the Freetrade app run smoothly.

5/5/2021

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Achchu Ganeshanathan

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Q&A: How do we work on mobile?

What's it like working behind the scenes on the Freetrade app? Here are the most common questions our mobile-first developers get, and the answers to boot.

21/4/2021

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Alex Curran

Building Freetrade

Why Freetrade’s Product team spends one day a month working in customer support

Product Manager Louis Sutton on his first months at Freetrade.

20/4/2021

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Louis Sutton

Building Freetrade

Announcing our senior leaders for European expansion

Introducing Karl, our managing director for Sweden.

12/4/2021

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Alex Campbell

Building Freetrade

The Freetrade SIPP is here

A new home for your pensions.

7/4/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Margin accounts  -  what are they, and why we won’t be offering them

Recently, there’s been a fair bit of talk on our forum regarding margin accounts, so we've put together a post to explain a little more about margin accounts and why we’re not planning to implement them at Freetrade.

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

So long, friend!

We pay tribute to CTO Ian Fuller who is departing Freetrade for pastures new.

30/3/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

Why you should join a high-growth startup early in your career

Software engineer Seán Durban reflects on the high-impact development opportunities on offer in emerging companies.

30/3/2021

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Seán Durban

Building Freetrade

Announcing our Series B

It’s time for the next phase of growth across Europe and beyond

26/7/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

Meet the team: Product at Freetrade

What's it like to work at Freetrade?

30/3/2021

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Damon Roberts

Building Freetrade

Typescript at Freetrade

Senior software engineer Rory Bain explains how Freetrade integrates Typescript.

30/3/2021

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Rory Bain

Building Freetrade

Meet five female Freetraders

Introducing five female Freetraders who work across five different teams.

9/4/2021

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Amy Gilman

Building Freetrade

We smashed our crowdfunding round!

We’re on a mission to bring fee-free investing to Europe and beyond. 🔥

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Meet Mathias, our new Backend Developer

Have you invested before? No, there wasn’t an app good enough yet, so I’m helping to build one 🔥

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Pre-launch testing with CREST

We will be using CREST to settle all trades in UK equities, as well as the “source of truth” against which we reconcile stocks held by our customers.

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

We smashed our Crowdcube round (once more)

We’ve closed the round with £4m pledged, overfunding to 400%, with over 5000 investors participating in the round.

7/4/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Why we use serverless architecture at Freetrade

If you’re technical and new to serverless, you might be thinking, “my life would be so much better if my stack worked this way.” You’re right.

7/4/2021

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Mathias Dewert

Building Freetrade

Meet Jani, our new Product Manager

Meet Jani, our new Product Manager

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Meet the Freetrader in charge of protecting our users’ money and shares

Meet the Freetrader in charge of protecting our users’ money and shares

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Meet Gemma, our Head of Customer Ops!

Meet Gemma, our Head of Customer Ops!

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Designing Freetrade for Android

Freetrade Android is coming to our first early testers today, and to everyone by mid-April. 💥

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Meet the ex-Googler who leads our growth

Viktor Nebehaj is our Head of Growth, and he is the first hire at Freetrade.

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Freetrade completes $15m funding

We’re excited to share that we’ve concluded $15m in fundraising in 2019.

7/4/2021

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Viktor Nebehaj

Building Freetrade

You can now see your Gain/Loss on Portfolio 📈

Check your performance at a glance

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Watchlist has arrived on your Freetrade app

Keeping an eye on stocks just got easier

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

How we profile Android bugs at Freetrade

Performance profiling is a tricky subject at the best of times, so I figured an example workflow and process might be useful to those who want to improve the performance of their own apps.

7/4/2021

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Alex Curran

Building Freetrade

Dividends have arrived on your Activity feed 💸

We know that you love receiving dividends, but that it can be hard keeping track of them after you receive the notification.

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Introducing your Customer Ops team 👋

Meet our Customer Operations (COps) team

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Invest by Freetrade: the upgrade has begun

An update on the good things coming to your account

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Invest by Freetrade, our brokerage platform, has arrived

The new system will bring instant deposits, fractional shares, thousands of new stocks, and more

6/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Building a new infrastructure for investing

Only owning our platform end-to-end would enable us to not charge commissions AND become a sustainable business.

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Freetrade

What we're doing this week and why.

9/4/2021

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Lena Vasileiadou

Building Freetrade

Introducing Freetrade for iPad

How we developed the app with a brand new UI.

30/3/2021

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Alex Curran

Building Freetrade

Stream partitioned data from Firestore using Async Iterators in Node.js

Software Engineer Mathias Dewert talks about dealing with the issues that come with rapid growth.

30/3/2021

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Mathias Dewert

Building Freetrade

How we use feature flagging in client apps

Software Engineer Alexander Broadbent shares what we do in the shadows, and why it helps us to carefully develop features.

9/4/2021

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Alexander Broadbent

Building Freetrade

Using lint rules to prevent bugs

Principal Software Engineer, Alex Curran, shares more about our process to prevent bugs as we build our mobile apps.

9/4/2021

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Alex Curran

Building Freetrade

Data Infrastructure at Freetrade

Principal Data Engineer Benen Cahill shares our process for data here at Freetrade.

16/6/2021

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Benen Cahill

Building Freetrade

Nine books every product designer should read

Principal Product Designer Caitlin Rich shares her top reads to help inspire good design and keep user experience front of mind.

30/3/2021

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Caitlin Rich

Building Freetrade

You are an investor already, and we are building Freetrade for you

I made my first investment when I was 14 years old.

7/4/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

A quick end-of-year update

2017 recap

7/4/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

How we’re accelerating the public rollout

In the past few weeks, you’ll have seen quite a few exciting stories on the blog about the team using and testing the app.

7/4/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

We are approved to provide ISAs

Freetrade has just been approved to be an ISA Manager

7/4/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

Platforming with the FCA

A bit about how we at Freetrade stack up against the regulator’s own best practices and how we differ from everyone else on the market. 🙏

7/4/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

The 2018 Christmas List

When we started Freetrade, we set out to build the best investing app on the planet. Something that makes our users grin with glee at every swipe and tap.

7/4/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Freetrade’s Launch Date and How to Get Early Access

Launching the private beta

7/4/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

Freetrade just dropped in the App Store

Things are about to get real.

7/4/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

The timeline for public rollout

The timeline is here. We’ll begin the public rollout on the 18th September! 🎈

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Insights are rolling out on your app

Insights, is our brand new app feature.

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

We’re launching our new brand design

Today’s pretty personal for me, as I designed our first logo and branding.

7/4/2021

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Adam Dodds

Building Freetrade

Our company stack

Here are some of the tools we rely on at Freetrade

16/6/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Killing Kubernetes

Ian Fuller explains how we shipped faster by rethinking our whole stack

7/4/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

120 US real-estate investment trusts are here

Including some big name S&P 500 companies

12/5/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

The road to 500 serverless functions

Software Engineer Theo Gregory shares how we use serverless to speed up deployment.

9/4/2021

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Theodore Gregory

Building Freetrade

Changing an industry with the help of a 250,000 person product team

Senior Product Manager, Jani Kiilunen, shares how we work with the Freetrade community to build the product

9/4/2021

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Jani Kiilunen

Building Freetrade

A stock-ing filler: massive market cap ADRs, biotechs, and ETFs

Including SAP, Credit Suisse, Ryanair, Trivago

12/5/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Earn 3% interest on cash in Freetrade Plus

Brand new for Plus members, up to a max deposit of £4k.

8/4/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Fractional shares for all

A major step on fractional shares.

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Lessons learnt with Cloud Firestore

Freetrade Head of Engineering, Invest, Tim Drew, shares how we scale our platform using Cloud Firestore

30/3/2021

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Timothy Drew

Building Freetrade

Remote onboarding to a new job

Freetrade Software Engineering Manager Rokey Ge shares his virtual onboarding experience.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Referring friends and earning free shares just got even easier

A big improvement to Free Share is here.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Investment fees calculator

See how Freetrade compares to other brokers.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Building Reactive Applications at Freetrade

Senior Software Engineer Jimmy Thompson takes you through the three layers of the Freetrade app

30/3/2021

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Building Freetrade

600 brand new stocks, including David Beckham's Esports team

Gold miners, Twinkies, McDonald's and more.

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Increasing the US order value limit

A new limit of £25,000 for US stocks.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Brand new ETFs on Plus

Including fixed income, investment-grade and government bonds.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

How your product vision could put a human on Mars

Freetrade VP Product Duncan Leslie on vision, strategy and measuring success.

30/3/2021

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Duncan Leslie

Building Freetrade

Stock fundamentals are now on your app

Market cap, dividend yield, and P/E ratio are here.

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Introducing the time-weighted rate of return

Compare your performance against a global benchmark

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

It’s raining stocks: 500 new investment opportunities on your app now

9/4/2021

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Viktor Nebehaj

Building Freetrade

The Freetrade Christmas List 2020

Everything we plan to add to your app before the holidays.

9/4/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Optimising cold-starts with Google Cloud Functions

Freetrade engineer Simon Poole talks about overcoming some serverless infrastructure challenges.

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Over 450 brand new stocks

From Papa John's to Zambian cattle farmers, we've added a wide array of new stocks to the Freetrade universe

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Celebrating Black History Month at Freetrade

Freetrade Talent Sourcer, Isabelle Atunrase, shares why we should all celebrate Black History Month, and some of the ways we’re getting involved here at Freetrade.

9/4/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

100 new ETFs from iShares, Vanguard, VanEck, and more!

Our biggest addition of ETFs yet.

30/3/2021

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Alex Campbell

Building Freetrade

User Story Mapping - How we keep a focus on value

Freetrade Senior Product Managers Anant Sangar and Glenn Drawbridge have been busy working on limit orders and SIPPs. Here, they chat through how use User Story Mapping.

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

400 brand new stocks, including 200 exclusively for Plus

More of what you want.

30/3/2021

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Alex Campbell

Building Freetrade

Event sourcing on Freetrade

Freetrade Senior Software Engineer Luke Smith talks about the nuts and bolts of our brokerage platform

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

New stocks coming to your free plan and Plus subscription

Introducing your expanded stock universe.

30/3/2021

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Alex Campbell

Building Freetrade

Money-weighted rate of return

More ways to measure your portfolio performance

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Our first Open Banking integration is rolling out

It’s now even easier to add money to your Freetrade account

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

How to land a role in Product Management

Freetrade Senior Product Manager Glenn Drawbridge shares his story.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Announcing the Tesla free share winner

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Introducing Freetrade Plus

Find out what's inside, and request your invite.

30/3/2021

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Duncan Leslie

Building Freetrade

Brand new stocks: fashion brands, fast food, biotech innovators, and another SPAC

Over 100 new stocks, including Kodak, La-Z-Boy, Tiffany & Co, and Crocs.

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Meet our new Head of People, Amy Gilman

Amy joins Freetrade as our first Head of People.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Brand new stocks: fashion brands, gold miners, and SPACs

100 stocks inc. Avis, Tripadvisor, Goodyear, AMC Entertainment, Denny’s

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Your new order experience is here

The first of many additions to order types.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Brand new stocks: fresh IPOs, Latin American stocks, and investment trusts

75 new stocks including Ericsson, Yelp, Gfinity, Youdao

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

28 brand new ETFs and 70 new stocks

Country-specific ETFs, and stocks from Wendy’s to Columbia

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Brand new: ETFs, Korean telcos, Japanese app and Chinese airlines

100 brand new stocks and ETFs are here

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Cloud computing, ETFs, UK stocks and brands from AB Inbev to Dominos

This week's 100 new stocks and ETFs might be the best batch yet.

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Brand new stocks: Banks, planes, trains and automobiles

Ferrari, Honda, Canadian Railway, United Airlines, Canadian banks, ETFs, and more

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

90 brand new stocks have landed

You can now own a piece of Ed Sheeran

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Buy weed (stocks) on Freetrade

Cannabis companies have arrived

30/3/2021

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Sam Poullain

Building Freetrade

Perry Blacher, serial entrepreneur turned VC, is joining Freetrade’s board

The former entrepreneur will be Freetrade’s non-executive director

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

Building Freetrade

Meet the team: Renata Labude, Senior Growth Manager

Find out more about how Free Share works

14/7/2021

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Freetrade Team

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