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The assets to buy now – July 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

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If you’re new to investing, read these articles first

Two things to do before you put a penny in the stock market

It’s important to get your house in order before you start buying shares. Here’s how to lay the foundations for successful investing.

What are the main asset classes?

This week, we look at the main asset classes available to UK investors. Most portfolios contain a mix of these in some proportion.

The anatomy of a share

When people talk about investing they are usually talking about buying and holding the shares of companies listed on a stock exchange. But what does this actually mean? What is a share and what do you get if you buy one?

How to achieve your financial goals

If you’re investing for a comfortable retirement, then you’ve got to beat inflation. And there’s really only one way to do that – here’s how.

Who’s who in investing

Stockbrokers, money managers, private bankers, planners, wealth managers, financial advisers… what do they all do and which one do you need?

How to construct a portfolio

How do you go about putting all of your assets together? Matthew Partridge explains the art of portfolio construction.

From ADRs to Z scores – all the financial terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.
• See all our articles on getting started in investing here

Four simple but effective ideas for building a portfolio

How to set up a regular savings plan

David C Stevenson’s three-part series on how to set up a long-term regular savings plan using five simple investment trusts.

The six ETFs I'd pick if I was building a portfolio from scratch

David C Stevenson explains how to put together a simple, no-nonsense portfolio of ETFs from scratch.

The Kids’ Portfolio: Four top funds to buy for your children

Having 40 years to invest can free you up to take risks in the big themes of the next few decades, says David C Stevenson. Here, he picks four of the best funds to buy for the long term.

The MoneyWeek portfolio of investment trusts

A simple, easy to manage portfolio of our favourite investment trusts, selected by Merryn Somerset Webb, offering defensiveness, stability, exposure to growth, and some income.

Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.
Passive investing is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to invest. Ed Bowsher explains how it works, and what to watch out for.
It's easy to become confused about bonds. In this video, Ed Bowsher offers a simple explanation of the main types of bond.
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Choosing the right investment platform for you

When it comes to buying shares and funds to put in your Isa, there are several investing platforms to choose from.

Also known as fund supermarkets, they all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.

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FTSE 100 or FTSE 250: which is the best gauge of the UK's health?

The FTSE 100 recovered quickly after its post-Brexit falls, but the FTSE 250 continues to slide. Matthew Partridge explains which index is the most accurate gauge of the health of the British economy.

The assets to buy now – July 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

Finding a safe haven amid Brexit volatility

In the few days since the EU referendum, markets have been volatile, to say the least. So where can you put your money without losing too much of it?

Do elections move stocks?

The result of the EU referendum caused stocks to plunge and sterling to fall. So how much do US elections affect stockmarkets, asks Matthew Partridge.

What to buy in the wake of Brexit

What do the referendum results mean for markets, for housebuilders, for currencies? John Stepek chairs our Roundtable discussion.

Can cash really trump shares?

Conventional wisdom holds that shares are the best place for your money in the long term, and cash in the short. But is this accurate, asks Natalie Stanton.

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