Staying invested

You must learn the art of patience if you want to give your investments the best chance of earning a return. By committing to long-term investments, you give your money the greatest chance to grow. In this section, we take a look at some slightly more advanced strategies to help you stay invested and manage your portfolio's performance.

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

The significance of spending time in the market

If you want to give your investments the best chance of earning a return then it’s a good idea to cultivate the art of patience. The best returns tend to come from sticking with a long-term commitment to your investments.

The importance of managing your portfolio

Whatever your financial goals, it’s vital to regularly monitor and manage your investments.

The benefits of making regular investments

When it comes to investing your money, making regular investments can offer more benefits than investing a lump sum.

Understanding buy-and-hold investing?

'Buy-and-hold' is a strategy that means staying invested even when markets look uncertain. We explain how such a strategy can help prevent knee-jerk reactions, which could impact on your returns.

Reviewing your investment portfolio

Successful investing isn't just a question of allocating your savings to various assets and then sitting back to wait for the profits to roll in. If only it were that simple.

Are we becoming more impatient?

The legendary investor Warren Buffett is attributed with saying, “I often make more money when I am snoozing than when I am active.” So how can snoozing lead to better investment outcomes?

Characteristics of successful investors in turbulent markets

Are you the embodiment of the ‘keep calm and carry on’ mantra? Or are you the kind of person who tends to see a mountain instead of a mole hill?

Strategies for volatile markets

It’s important for investors to better understand and take control of their investing behaviour. Here are three easy strategies investors can adopt to increase their comfort during difficult market conditions.

Barclays 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.

Principles of investing

If you’re new to investing, knowing where to start can be a daunting task. Here, we guide you through your investment journey, from what to consider before you start, the different types of investment account, which might suit you, and the various asset classes. You’ll also learn why it’s important to focus on the long-term as an investor, and create a diversified portfolio, which includes a range of different investments.

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.

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