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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.

Compare broker prices and services here.


If you’re completely 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.

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.

Five reasons why you can beat the City

If you think you don’t stand a chance against the City’s sharpest fund managers, think again. When it comes to investing, you’ve got the edge.


If you want a ‘one-stop investment shop’, try this fund

If you want all the hard work of investing done for you, at a reasonable cost, and in a sensible, consistent manner, consider this new fund.

A simple, low-cost portfolio to ride the waves to profits

Momentum investing is a good, tried-and-tested strategy. Here, we reveal a quick and easy way to follow it.

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. Here, we pick four of the best funds to buy for the long term

How to build a portfolio of P2P lenders – and earn a tasty income

The lending side of alternative finance has seen staggering growth. Here's all you need to know about setting up a P2P lending portfolio.


The lowdown on passive investing

Video tutorial: the lowdown on passive investing

Passive investing is one of the cheapest ways to invest. Ed Bowsher explains how it works, and what to watch out for.

A beginner's guide to bonds

Video tutorial: a beginner's guide to bonds

It’s easy to become confused about bonds – the term covers a wide range of financial products, many of which are very different from each other. In this video, Ed Bowsher offers a simple explanation of the main types of bond.


Why I’m buying Japan

Companies in Japan are becoming more investor-friendly and profits are about to surge, says David C Stevenson.

The case for active funds, and how to spot a good one

Investors are often charged extortionate fees by active funds that fail. Cris Sholto Heaton explains how to spot good active funds.

The assets to buy now – July 2015

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s July’s take on the major assets to buy now.

Three ways to avoid the great foreign exchange rip-off

Foreign exchange is often a complete rip-off. Cris Sholto Heaton reveals where to look to get a better deal on your holiday money.

The website taking fund managers to task

For years, we’ve been carping on about how fund managers overtrade, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Now there’s a website to hold them to account.

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