To buy shares in Woodbois (LON:WBI), you need a trading or share dealing account that lets you invest in smaller-cap stocks. This is because as of 22/09/2023 16:30 Woodbois’ market cap is only £22,334,501. However, before investing in slightly more illiquid companies, there are a few things you need to know. In this guide, we take you through how to buy Woodbois shares and what to watch out for.
- Open an investment account with a stock broker that offers access to the AIM market where Woodboise is traded, like Hargreaves Lansdown, AJ Bell or Interactive Investor.
- Deposit funds from your bank account or debit card.
- Search for the symbol “WBI” on the investment platform
- Enter the number of shares you want to buy (or you can choose to buy as an amount and the platform will round it down to the nearest amount of whole shares. At the moment, you cannot buy fractional shares in Woodbois.
- Click buy, and you will own shares in Woodbois, and they will sit in your investment account
🤔Note: Woobois is listed on AIM, not the main LSE market.
As Woodbois is a small-cap stock, there will be a large spread between the buy and sell price. It may be worth setting a limit price in between to get a better fill. You can see in this screenshot from Hargreaves Lansdown that the bid-offer is 70p to sell and 73p to buy. That’s a difference of over 4%.
- GIA – a general investment account where tax is payable on Woodbois share price gains and dividends
- Investment ISA – a stocks and shares ISA where profits and income from Woodbois dividends are tax-free – (note Woodboise does not pay a dividend)
- SIPP – a self-invested pension where you can buy Woodbois shares for your retirement. Profits are tax-free, but you only get them at retirement age.
As of 22/09/2023 16:30 the current Woodbois (LON:WBI) share price is 0.61p which is a change of 0.01 or -2.27% from the last closing price of 0.61 with 1,495,650 shares traded giving Woodbois a market capitalisation of £22,334,501. The most recent daily high has been 0.65 and daily low 0.61. The Woodbois share price 52 week high has been 4.7 and the 52 week low 0.22.
As of 22/09/2023 16:30 buying one LON:WBI share costs 0.61p. However, as well as the 0.61p cost of buying the shares you will also have to pay stamp duty, commission when you buy and sell shares and custody fees for holding your shares on your account. You also have to consider the difference between the bid price (the price at which you sell shares) and the offer price (the price at which you buy shares). These fees vary depending on what sort of account you open, and with what broker. You can compare the different costs associated with the different types of trading and investing accounts in our comparison tables below.
⚠️What to watch out for! Be careful if you’ve seen an advert or article hyping a stock
Back in October 2022, we noticed that Google is still failing to stop scam stock market pump and dump adverts and that Woodbois shares were a target. The company has acknowledged this and addressed it with the relevant authorities and regulators.
For years, we’ve been calling for tighter restrictions on who can advertise on Google especially when it comes to financial services. Recently, I highlighted how it took Facebook, 1,024 days to remove a scam advert we had reported on its platform.
Some progress has been made. You now have to be regulated by the FCA to promote speculative products, which I said was an absolute blessing for decent brokers because it meant that they were no longer competing with offshore brokers in the Google Ads bidding war, which should reduce their new client acquisition costs.
Even the FCA is trying – they have joined Instagram to warn of scams, and also banned retail investors from trading crypto on leverage. But it’s not enough to stop these scams from cropping up under the radar.
I think the only solution is for the FCA to fine Google and other advertisers every time they unwittingly make money from a scam. It is not hard for Google to recognise an advert that is a financial promotion or talks about the stock market.
I know that Google already filter adverts that focus on financial products, so we know they can do it. The phrase, with great power, comes great responsibility comes to mind and they need to increase the number of manual checks on who they allow to advertise on their platform.
I bring this up again because I came across a scam advert a few days ago, but I also noticed whilst checking Google Trends this morning that “is woodbois a good investment” is one of the highest-rising search terms of the past few days. Over the last seven days, searches for “woodbois share price” have had a breakout. Yes, they have recently updated the market with decent results, but they have also, for some time now been the subject of pump and dumpers (as reported in the Motley Fool).
My main point for writing this is to warn people of the fake news that has been created around a company, the second is to highlight that Google has zero oversight on who they let advertise on their network.
The way pump and dump scams work are that the scammers buy up a load of cheap shares, usually a penny stock in the UK or a pink sheet stock in the US with market caps below £100m. They then flood social media, bulletin boards or put up fake adverts to a piece of fake analysis that encourages buyers to buy a stock. Then, as the stocks are illiquid (doesn’t trade that often) even the smallest of buys can push the price up. Then as unwitting investors buy the stock, the people who advertised it’s potential gains sit on the offer (the price at which people buy shares) selling the stock for more than they paid for it.
Woodbois is a real company listed on the London Stock Exchange currently valued at around £22,334,501. According to it’s bio, they are “engaged in the business of forestry and timber trading. The Company’s business is focused on the production, processing, manufacture and supply of softwood, hardwood and related products throughout Africa and across the globe.”
There is nothing new about “people talking their own book” – which basically means, saying how great a stock is that they have bought in the hope that other people will buy it. When other people buy it, that creates demand, and when there are more buyers than sellers the price goes up.
But, the digital version is on a much larger scale. It is particularly prevalent in crypto where new coins are made up and then people buy them because influencers on TikTok, and Instagram are paid to say it is a good idea.
Here is an example of how it has been done with Woodbois.
Scammers set up fake Google ads to target people who search for the best stocks to buy or information on the stock market.
You can see from this data taken from SEMRush what adverts the scammers are running and also what keywords they have used to display the advert on Google search.
Despite the site having other content related to the stock market, every single one of these adverts goes to an article published about Woodbois.
Users then click through to a website that claims to have expert analysis on why the stock will go up.
You can tell this is a fake website by also looking at the analytics from SEMrush. The website has no organic rankings or traffic and the only visitors have been from paid search starting in September 2022, and only targeting the UK where Woodbois is listed.
For more information on how scams work you can also read:
- CFD scams – What are they and how to spot them
- How can major media outlets still be hoodwinked into unwittingly promoting forex investment scams?
- Bond Scams: The rise of fixed income scams and how to avoid them
- Am I being scammed by a clone of a real investment firm?
- TikTok is the new haven for forex, bitcoin and investment scammers
If you suspect an advert is a scam you should:
- click the report scam button on the advert
- report it to the FCA here