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.

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.

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10 investing tips for newcomers

Here are 10 tips for new investors to get on the right track

Don’t let investing spook you

The idea of investing can seem scary. We explore the basics of sensible investing and how to remove the fear of the unknown.

Beat the fear of financial jargon

Investing should be easy to understand and accessible to everyone. Unfortunately, having to wade through endless jargon often means that it isn’t.

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22 years of ISAs: Is investing right for you?

April 2021 marks the 22nd anniversary of the ISA, yet relatively few people are choosing to invest their ISA allowance, Barclays research reveals. We explore why.

Guide To Ethical Investments

We look at how sustainable, responsible and ethical finance has grown in popularity in recent years, what sort of opportunities are available, and how putting your money into companies that make a positive contribution to society or the environment doesn’t necessarily have to mean sacrificing financial returns.

Three investment mistakes to avoid

Even the most successful investors make mistakes sometimes, which may impact on returns. Here, we consider three common mistakes and how to avoid them.

10 golden rules for investors

Investing is never an exact science, but there are certain rules which may help investors achieve their goals.

Ethical vs Impact Investing

Investors seeking to make a positive contribution to the society or environment have several options. Here, we consider how ethical and impact investing differ.

Should you reinvest income?

If you’re investing for long-term growth, you may want to consider reinvesting income. We weigh up the pros and cons.

What is impact investing?

Impact investing aims to protect and grow investors' money, while at the same time having a positive social or environmental impact. Here’s what you need to know.

The story of a trade

What’s going on behind the scenes isn’t always your first thought when you place a trade through your stockbroker. However, understanding more about how your orders are carried out can help to make you a more effective trader.

Jump start your investment journey with ready-made investments

Ready-made Investments could offer a one-stop solution for investors who lack the time or knowledge to choose from a wide range of assets.

Investing jargon explained

Financial jargon can baffle even the most experienced investors, so here, we provide a rundown of some of the investment terms that could confuse you, and explain what they mean.

Financial fitness - Step 4: Review your results

Equipped with a portfolio of investments and the tools to achieve your goals, your financial fitness regime should now be well underway. However, you can’t just sit back and relax, or your efforts could go to waste. In the fourth and final part of our series on becoming financially fit, we explain why it’s vital to regularly review your investments so you can be certain your money is working as hard as possible for you.

Financial fitness - Step 3: Put your plan into action

If you have been following our financial fitness plan so far you should know that by setting yourself some realistic goals and studying market conditions you can implement an investment strategy that works for you. Doing this will not only help you to make educated investment decisions, but to keep the emotion out of your trading. We have some pointers to help add some discipline to your trading regime.

Financial fitness - Step 2: Stay on the right investment track

Once you’ve worked out what your financial objectives are, your next challenge is to create a training plan to deliver your goals. Finding the right investments to help you meet your targets isn’t just a quick fix, you’ll need staying power if you want to stay on top of your game. In the second of our four-part guide to becoming financially fit, we offer our tips to help you keep on the right investment track.

Financial fitness - Step 1: Set up your goals

If you’re looking to whip your finances into shape in 2017, your first step should be to think carefully about exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. What are your objectives and what sort of timescale are you working to? In this, the first of our four-part guide to becoming financially fit, we look at how establishing exactly what your goals are can help you make better investment decisions.

What are smart beta funds?

Historically there have been two types of fund available to investors - active and passive – and for decades it has been debated which is the superior strategy. But recent years have witnessed a new hybrid approach, known as smart beta, enter the playing field.

Five tips to pick the right equity income funds

With interest rates at record lows, funds holding dividend-paying shares are a popular source of income for investors. Here are some things to consider if you’re adding one to your portfolio.

Common safe haven investment myths

During periods of stockmarket volatility, you might be tempted to head for the supposed sanctuary of ‘safe haven’ investments such as cash, gold or bonds, but it’s vital to remember that none of these are without risk. Here, we expose some common myths about supposedly secure investments.

Understanding the cycle of investor emotions

Optimism, excitement, denial, fear and apathy are all feelings you might experience when you invest. Learn more about the cycle of investor emotions.

Impact of emotions on investments

Our hearts rather than our heads often have the greatest say in the investment decisions we make, but this approach could potentially harm your long-term returns. We look at some of the ways your emotions can impact on your investments, and what you can do about it.

Six expert strategies on how to invest

Over the years many of the world’s best-known investors have offered nuggets of wisdom in a bid to try and help individuals become smarter investors. We look at some of their quotes and what we can learn from them.

A beginner's guide to alternative investments

While the traditional cornerstones of any diversified portfolio typically include equities, bonds and cash, these days many investors are increasingly looking to ‘alternative’ investments to bolster their asset allocation.

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