Reducing unnecessary risk

You need to decide how much risk you’re willing to take when you invest. This will largely depend on your financial goals, how prepared you are to accept losses, and how soon you need your money. In this section, we'll help you understand how to manage risk when investing.

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

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Managing risk and investing efficiently

It isn’t possible to avoid all of the risks you’ll be exposing your money to over the course of your investing life, but there are ways you can reduce and manage them. Remember, however, that whatever you do to manage risk, you could still make a loss.

What’s your attitude to risk?

When it comes to your investments, it's important to work out how you really feel about risk and how much you're willing to accept.

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Fraud and scams cost people millions of pounds a year. We look at some of the tactics criminals use to steal your money.

Diversifying your investments – why does it matter?

You might have heard the expression, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’, a million times. But following this advice can help your investments work better for you.

Getting invested – how to build your portfolio

The savings and investments you choose to invest in make up your ‘portfolio’. Here’s how to tailor your investment choices to your investment goals for a bespoke portfolio.

How many funds should you hold in your portfolio?

It’s important to make sure that your portfolio is well-diversified, but holding too many funds means there’s a risk some may overlap.

Understanding risk and return

Understanding the relationship between risk and return is a crucial aspect of investing. Higher returns might sound appealing but you need to accept there may be a greater risk of losing your money.

What is a stop-loss order?

Investors can use various strategies to limit any losses in the event of market falls. Here, we explain how a stop-loss order works.

How much cash should investors hold?

We look at some of the reasons why investors might keep a cash holding in their portfolio.

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

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