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Investment jargon explained

Clare breaks down some of the common jargon you’ll come across in the world of investments. From ETF to ROFL, we tackle what you need to know.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise; you may not get back what you invest. If you’re not sure about investing, seek independent advice. Tax rules can change and their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

ETFs explained

Clare interviews Joe Parkin, an ETF expert from BlackRock, to understand passive investments and the key characteristics of an Exchange Traded Fund. Including how investors may want to use them within a portfolio.

From ETF to ROFL, our acronym quiz

Clare takes to the streets to find out how confused the public is by jargon and acronyms, from ETF to ROFL, in our acronym quiz. Clare then talks through why it’s important to not get intimidated by investment jargon, and crucially how to navigate it.

Financial acronyms busted

Clare talks through three of the most common investment acronyms and why you should know what they are - Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Capital Gains Tax (CGT), and Open Ended Investment Companies (OEICs).

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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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