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.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invest. If you’re not sure about investing, seek independent advice.

Are shares right for me?

Are you trying to decide whether or not you should invest in shares? Here are some of the things that you need to consider before you take the plunge. If you’re not sure that investing in shares is right for you, seek independent advice.

Introduction to shares

Putting your money into shares can seem daunting if you’re a newcomer to stockmarket investing. This essential introduction to shares lays bare the basics to help you understand exactly what’s involved.

How to buy shares

Once you’ve decided you’re comfortable with the risks involved in investing in shares, your next step is to start building your portfolio. Read on to find out about the different ways you can buy shares.

Influences on share prices

You've snapped up some shares and now you're looking for some price movement action. But what factors will make that happen? And because what goes up can just as easily come down, what factors might cause the price to plummet?

Totting up the costs of buying and selling shares

All investments incur some charges and it’s no different with buying and selling shares. We outline what costs you need to consider when it comes to trading stocks.

Understanding market capitalisation

The size of the companies you invest in can affect the risk and returns. We examine the key characteristics of larger, medium-sized and smaller companies.

What to look for from dividend-paying stocks

With low interest rates, it appears very likely that dividend-paying shares will remain popular among yield hungry UK investors. Here’s what you need to know.

A guide to basic investment strategies

Investing in equities isn’t just a matter of deciding which shares or funds to buy and which markets to buy them in. Investors, professional or otherwise, will typically have their own style, strategy and long-term goals which will underpin their decisions. We examine five of the most popular.

Corporate actions explained

Any corporate action can lead to share price movement. It's important you understand the different types of corporate action a company might initiate and how these could affect your investments.

Understanding new issues: IPOs and share offers

Find out about new company shares with this guide to IPOs and share offers.

Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

Find out what initial public offerings (IPOs) are, learn how they typically work, and see what to watch out for before you invest.

Understanding new issues: retail bonds

Retail bond new issues are similar to IPOs in that they're a way for companies to raise money and they offer the public a chance to invest in their future prospects. We explain how they work.

Certificated share dealing

Most investors love the ease of online share dealing. But what should you do about certificates? We explain what you need to know.

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Investment strategies

Stay up to date with the latest investment strategies from independent industry experts and our own professionals. We explore a wide range of different ideas and approaches so that you can work out the best investment plan for you.

Research Centre

For help with your individual share selections use our tools that allow you to research UK market indexes and daily share movements. You can look up information about historic share price as well as share performance statistics and related shares by sector. You can also find expert views from brokers and analysts, plus company information and news.

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Ways to invest

Always remember that investments can fall in value. You may get back less than you invest.


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Smart Investor

To choose and manage your own investments from a range of funds, shares, ETFs and bonds, get started today by simply opening up an Investment (Stocks & Shares) ISA, Investment Account or SIPP Account with Smart Investor.

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