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Some analysts like to divide the market into “smart money” and “dumb money” . But do certain types of investors really perform better than others, and can you beat the [...]

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If you're new to investing, but aren't sure how to go about it, MoneyWeek's 'how to invest' pages are the place for you.

Here, you'll find everything you need to know about investing, from the basics, to tips on strategies, building a portfolio, what to buy and asset allocation. We've got videos and articles for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

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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.
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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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When it comes to buying shares and funds to put in your Isa or pension, there are several investment platforms or online brokers to choose from, all offering different fee structures to suit varying individual investing habits.

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How to “unlimit” your investment gains

Regret avoidance is one of the biggest factors that can limit the success of most investors, says Dan Denning. There is, however, something you can do about it.

P2P funds suffer softer returns

Can P2P funds generate enough income to justify the risks, and what will happen if the economy turns down? David C Stevenson investigates.

How to hedge against inflation

Matthew Partridge explains how investors can protect their portfolios for when inflation returns.

Absolute-return funds: too good to be true?

Absolute-return funds are those that aim to achieve positive returns regardless of whether the market is going up or down. Do they work? Sarah Moore explains.

Two stock-picking strategies compared

Sarah Moore looks at why the fortunes of two of Britain’s leading emerging-market equity funds have diverged in recent years.

Follow the smart money

Some analysts like to divide the market into “smart money” and “dumb money” . But do certain types of investors really perform better than others, and can you beat the market by following them? Matthew Partridge investigates

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