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.

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.

Investing for beginners

If you’re new to investing, it’s not always easy to know how to get started. We explain the basics of investing, including how different types of investment work, why it’s important to take a long-term view, and how to begin building an investment portfolio.

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.

Market analysis

Looking for information about different markets and key asset classes? Our market analysis keeps you up to speed with all the latest developments in global markets, providing you with investing insight to help you make smarter investment decisions.

Stocks and shares

Discover everything you need to know about buying, selling and holding shares. Learn also which stocks are at the top of fund managers’ holdings, and how managers go about selecting shares that will hopefully rise in value faster than the wider market.


Understanding more about trading can help you become a more effective investor. Find out exactly what happens when you buy and sell shares, and how Barclays’ Price Improver tool can help offer you the best price every time you invest.

Weekly Investment Spotlight

Weekly Investment Spotlight keeps you up to speed with the latest developments in equity markets and fixed-income investments, as well as commodities and foreign exchange.

As an investor, it’s important to pay close attention to current trends and market movements. Weekly Investment Spotlight provides topical investment insights from Barclays’ investment experts and highlights key themes and areas of interest.

Our Investment Experts

Our experts are considered authorities in their field, so they’re the right people to provide you with the type of insights which can help you make smarter investing decisions. Learn more about their specialities below, as well as why they’re considered experts, and keep an eye on the Investment news and articles section of Barclays Smart Investor for their latest articles.

Ready-made Investments with Arne Hassel

In this video series, Arne Hassel, Barclays’ Chief Investment Officer, explores how Barclays’ strategic and tactical asset allocation has impacted the performance of our Ready-made Investments.

Arne will provide an update on the performance of the asset classes invested in, which include equities, funds, bonds and commodities, every six months, as well as an overview of how these assets have performed over the past five years.

Monthly Market Insights

As part of our aim to keep clients informed and up-to-date, Monthly Market Insights is a series of videos featuring our Chief Investment Officer, Arne Hassel.

Arne will provide insight into the latest market events, coupled with our current investment views and how these themes are impacting portfolios.

Smart Investor with Clare Francis

In this series of handy investing updates, Clare Francis, director of Savings and Investments for Barclays Smart Investor, sets out to demystify personal investments, cutting through the jargon and helping you to become a smarter investor.

In the coming weeks, Clare will focus on the issues that really matter to investors, whether you’re relatively new or you’ve been investing for years. She’ll look at the experiences of other investors and gather some insights from seasoned experts.

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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.