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The assets to buy now – September 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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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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Don't dismiss the attractions of cash

If you’re looking for a safe place to invest, why hold government bonds over cash? Right now, a safe jammed full of notes would make a much better haven.

Should you buy into IPOs?

Initial public offerings usually attract a lot of hype when companies list on the stock markets. But is the excitement? Matthew Partridge investigates.

Jamie Carter: five stocks that will reward the patient

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Oldfield Partners’ Jamie Carter about the trials and even greater rewards of being an investor.

Waiting for Mr Market

There’s no great secret to being a great investor, says Merryn Somerset Webb. You just have to learn to be patient.

Why it pays to invest in family firms

Studies show that family-run businesses do better than their peers over the long term. But how can ordinary investors get in on the act? Richard Beddard explains.

Should you believe old stockmarket sayings?

Investors may be familiar with old market sayings such as “sell in May and go away, come back on St Leger Day” . But should you follow their advice? Matthew Partridge investigates.

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