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Investments Explained

You can choose from thousands of investments to build a portfolio to match your needs, and with our expert insight, tools, tips and more, we can help guide you on your investment journey though we cannot advise you on investments that might be suitable for you.

Remember investments can fall in value. You may get back less than you invest. If you are unsure, seek independent advice.

Ready to invest?

Before starting, if you're unsure about your readiness to invest, use our tool to help you decide. It'll help you work out whether you're financially ready and guide you on to the next steps.

Funds, ETFs and Investment Trusts

If you're starting to build your portfolio, these often low-cost options can help make sure you’re sufficiently diversified from the outset.

Shares

Shares suit a wide variety of investment strategies, although they can carry higher risks than funds. Because of this, they're more suitable for experienced investors.

Cash and bonds

Whether you view your money as nothing more than the means to an end or the ultimate security blanket, one thing's for sure, you need to look after it.

IPOs and new issues

Access investments before they’re available on the London Stock Exchange.

Register for our free new issues email alerts and we’ll let you know about future opportunities

Life Planner

Barclays Life Planner aims to help with your financial planning. Based on your goals and circumstances, it projects how your savings or investments could potentially perform in the future.

Investment News & Articles

Keeping up to speed with the issues that could affect your investments is important for all smart investors. Read our latest articles to discover topical economic and market insight, investment ideas, and some of the trends which are shaping the world today.

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Exploring investments on Smart Investor

You have the choice of thousands of investments to help you achieve your financial goals. Once you’ve opened one of our accounts, we offer you various ways to explore and find the right investments for you.