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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.

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.

Should you hold AIM shares in an ISA?

Alternative Investment Market (AIM) shares first became eligible for inclusion in Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) in August 2013. Here, we weigh up the pros and cons of holding them.

Impact investing in stocks and bonds

It is possible to invest intentionally to protect and grow your assets and to make a positive contribution to our world. We explain how.

Six basic rules of share investing

Investing in individual shares is a risky approach - but for those wanting to add specific companies to their portfolio that they believe have the potential to profit, there are some basic rules that it’s worth following.

How to choose long-term share investments

Stocks which might build wealth or provide income over a lifetime are the holy grail for many investors. We explain how to identify long-term share investments for your portfolio.

Top of the stocks

We take a look at some of the stocks that are at the top of fund managers' holdings and why they might prove to be successful long-term investments.

When should you sell shares

Among the most difficult decisions investors face is when to sell their shares. Many people sit on poor-performing stocks, in the hope that they will eventually recover. Here, we look at why it’s important to try to keep emotions out of your investment decisions and some of the strategies you can adopt to help.

Stock market volatility

Watch Clare Francis, director of Savings and Investments, explore the concept of stock market volatility – what it means, why it happens and how best to deal with it. Clare is joined in the studio by Will Hobbs – Head of Investment Strategy for Europe and Dr Peter Brooks – Head of Behavioural Finance. In a critical look at volatility in changing markets, they explore why it makes investors nervous and why it’s important to think long term.

How averaging down works

Most investors know what it feels like to buy a share that drops sharply in price shortly afterwards. But some try to take advantage of such market falls. We explain what 'averaging down’ is.

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.

Research Centre

For help with your individual share selections use our tools that allow you to research UK market indexes and daily share movements. You can look up information about historic share price as well as share performance statistics and related shares by sector. You can also find expert views from brokers and analysts, plus company information and news.

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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.

Investment Account

A fully flexible way to invest

A flexible, straightforward account with no limits on the amount you can invest.

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Investment ISA

An easy way to start investing

We offer two ways to invest using an Investment ISA (also known as a stocks and shares ISA). Choose your own investments with Smart Investor, or let us make the decisions for you with Plan & Invest. Either way, invest up to £20,000 per year and any returns you make are tax-free1.

Start investing to make the most of those special times to come by using your new 2021-22 ISA allowance in an Investment ISA today. The sooner you begin, the sooner you could grow your money, tax efficiently.

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Plan & Invest

Our experts will manage your investments for you. We will develop a personalised Investment Plan tailored to you but our experts then make all the buy and sell decisions. Invest from £5,000 in cash and/or an ISA transfer2 today.