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.

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. Tax rules can change in future. Their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

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Investing for your child’s education

Thousands of students will head off to university this autumn. But higher education doesn’t come cheap. We consider ways to plan ahead for this cost.

Game, set, match

Today, we have more data than ever at our disposal to draw on when investing. Here, we consider how to use this data to aid our investment decision-making rather than overwhelm it.

Four reasons to consider going global

Although investing close to your home market sounds safe, our researchers are giving you reasons to explore beyond. Here is how you can discover opportunities to invest beyond the UK market.

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What you need to know about emerging markets

Investing in emerging markets can be a rollercoaster ride.  We explain what you need to know.

Investing in Asia’s tech tigers

Asian emerging markets are embracing new technologies. Here, we look at potential opportunities for investors in these ‘tech tigers’.

Four tips for investors from Brexit

June 23 marks three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Here, we consider the impact and lessons for investors.

How do we select our Funds List?

When considering where to invest, you may turn to a funds list for guidance. Barclays has a tried and tested process for choosing the funds, and the fund managers, that make up our Funds List. Here, we explain what’s behind this process and how we apply it.

Plan your portfolio for political uncertainty

An ongoing period of political uncertainty can be unsettling for many investors. We look at some of the ways investors can plan for any potential storms that may lie ahead.

How to choose a fund

Choosing which funds to invest in isn’t always easy, particularly with so many different options to choose from. We look at ways to simplify the process.

Pace yourself: Why investing is like running a marathon

Achieving any goal requires discipline and focus. Here, we look at the challenges facing both those training for a marathon and those looking to achieve their long-term investment goals.

How to spot a long-term winner

Picking stocks successfully is as much an art as it is a science. But successful investing is not about taking a punt on one or two shares; it’s about diversifying across a spread of stocks from a wide range of industry sectors.

Where to invest in 2019?

2018 saw UK equity funds suffer significant outflows due to ongoing Brexit uncertainty. With UK equities out of favour, and historically low interest rates making cash generally less viable as a long-term option, the question as to where to invest has never been more pertinent.

Investing for your portfolio and the planet

Investors may be concerned that they might not be able to do well by doing good, but there is evidence to suggest that investing for the planet doesn’t need to mean sacrificing returns.

Six strategies to reduce investment risk

Investors can use various strategies to reduce risk, and limit potential losses. Here, we consider six of these, and explain how they work.

What’s changing in the 2019-20 tax year?

Here’s our guide to some of the changes in the next tax year that you might want to be aware of.

How safe is your dividend?

Dividend payments from FTSE 100 companies continue to soar following eight consecutive years of growth but how sustainable are they?

Five ISA myths exposed

Many people don’t make the most of their annual ISA allowance because they aren’t sure exactly how ISAs work, or because they don’t think the benefits are really worth it. Here, we dispel five of the most common ISA myths that might be preventing you from making the most of this year’s £20,000 allowance before the end of the tax year on 5 April 2020.

Investing in a fairer world

Fairtrade is a movement for change that helps get a better deal through our shopping choices. We look at ways to ensure both the products we buy and the investments we make have a positive impact on the world.

Opportunity in volatility

Markets are on edge as Brexit negotiations continue. Do these uncharted waters pose a threat or an opportunity for investors?

Six do's and don’ts before the end of the tax year

There are several ways you can make the most of annual allowances before the end of the tax year, and also some things you may want to avoid doing.

How to create an investment plan

Before you invest, it’s helpful to have a clear plan of what you are investing for, and how you might achieve your goals. Here are some tips.

Riding out volatile markets

Dr Peter Brooks discusses how to cope when your investments are subjected to increased market uncertainty.

Getting diversification to work

We present the key strategies for creating well-diversified portfolios that should help your investments to weather periods of volatility.

Four steps to reviewing your finances

Reviewing your finances regularly is essential if you want to stay on track to meet your financial objectives. Here are four key steps to help.

How to invest in property without buying a house

We explore ways you can invest in property, without purchasing physical bricks and mortar.

Investing in renewable energy

The renewable energy sector is seeing rapid growth, driven by falling costs and global energy demands. We examine the outlook for the sector.

Investing in water

Global water supplies are under pressure, but there are innovative companies aimed at helping to efficiently preserve, treat, and recycle water. Here, we examine how you can invest.

How can investors fight climate change?

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. We explore ways investors can effect change.

Four ways to stay ahead of inflation

Often labelled the ‘silent assassin of savings’, inflation represents a hike in the cost of everyday living and the higher it rises, the less your cash will be ultimately worth.

Plan your portfolio for political uncertainty

An ongoing period of political uncertainty can be unsettling for many investors. We look at some of the ways investors can plan for any potential storms that may lie ahead.

Investing through volatile markets

The thought of losing some of our hard earned cash when markets are volatile can illicit fear and anxiety. However, it’s not just about the risk of being in the market, investors also need to think about the risk of being out.

Approaches to Impact Investing

Impact investing aims to have a positive social or environmental impact and to generate positive returns for investors. We explore some examples of how funds adopt an impact approach.

Investing without a deadline

Dr Peter Brooks, Head of Behavioural Finance, explains why it’s the time you spend invested which will largely determine your return.

Investing in a changing world

Have you considered how your investments will influence the world around you?

Questions to ask yourself before selling a fund

Working out the right time to sell a fund can be a challenge and will either mean banking profits or crystallising losses.

Investing in commodities

Commodities are often dubbed ‘the fifth asset class’ after cash, bonds, shares and property and are widely considered to be part of the ‘alternative investments’ set.

Investing in uncertain markets

When markets take a tumble, you might be tempted to cut your losses and sell out but you need remember the reasons why you invested in the first place.

Three ways to invest for income

The prolonged backdrop of ultra-low interest rates has meant that a greater number of people have had to look beyond savings accounts and accept the risk they could lose money if they want to try to earn a higher income from their hard-earned cash.

Five strategies to boost your investor confidence

It can be easy to lose confidence as an investor, particularly during uncertain times. We offer some strategies that may help.

Investing in frontier markets

Frontier markets are markets in the very early stages of development and are less established than emerging markets. Although there may be potential for growth as their economies mature, there are significant risks involved in investing in these fledgling markets.

How to invest in the rise of the electric car

The Chancellor pledged millions of pounds of funding for electric vehicles in the Budget. We examine whether the move towards electric cars could create opportunities for investors.

Investment options for all budgets

Do you only have a small or a large amount to invest? We consider your options, whether you have £100 a month to spare or a big lump sum.

Five ways to prepare for a market correction

No-one can predict when a market correction will occur, but that doesn’t mean investors can’t be prepared. We offer tips to help, including the importance of understanding that corrections are a normal part of the investing journey.

Exchange traded funds and tracker funds compared

Investors are putting record amounts into ETFs, but how do these passive investments differ from trackers? We look at how these investments work, and if they might be right for you.

How to gain exposure to property

Changes to buy-to-let tax relief, coupled with rising house prices and the introduction of a stamp duty surcharge on second homes, mean buying a property to rent out is no longer a viable option for many. We examine how to gain exposure to the property sector, without physically owning bricks and mortar.

Investing for growth: how our Ready-made Investments can help

If you’re looking for investments which will hopefully grow over the long term, our Ready-made Investments can help, offering a range of funds which you can match to your chosen risk profile.

Ways Ready-Made Investments make investing easier

Five ways Barclays Ready-made Investments can make things easier for investors who have limited time to choose their investments.

Value investing explained

Value investing, the strategy adopted by famous investors Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett, has proved unpopular since the global financial crisis, but there are signs that this approach is making a comeback.

Taking a multi-asset approach

Dividing your investment money between the various asset classes is crucial when building a diversified portfolio. Multi-asset funds can do the job on your behalf, with a professional fund manager deciding the split of your investments and ensuring the fund isn’t overweight in one particular area.

Investing in emerging markets

Investing in emerging markets can be a rollercoaster ride. We explain what you need to know.

Five lessons for investors in turbulent markets

Markets can often be volatile, potentially spooking investors. We explain how to remain calm and avoid making rash decisions.


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