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What is contrarian investing anyway?

“Contrarian investing” is a much misused term among investors – it’s not just buying the opposite of what everyone else is buying. Here, John Stepek explains what it actually means.

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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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Crisis indicator flashes red

One obscure market early warning sign is flashing red. Matthew Partridge explains what it is, and asks should we be worried?

Mark Slater: How to find growth at a good price

The key to identifying a great company? Wrap up your research before you meet the managers, Mark Slater tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

How to prepare for the unknown

Every new year, analysts like to take a punt on what lies in the months ahead. John Stepek explains why investors should pay no attention.

My big investment calls for 2017

Dominic Frisby takes out his crystal ball and makes 12 predictions for the coming year for investments and the economy – plus one bonus call.

Two big investment trends shaped 2016 – but can they survive in 2017?

2016 was a surprisingly good year for the markets, driven by rising commodity prices and hopes of higher interest rates. John Stepek asks if these trends will continue this year.

The biggest lesson to learn from 2016

In 2016, conventional wisdom went out the window. Experts were confounded at every turn. Sometimes, says John Stepek, it pays to be a contrarian.

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