How to invest

Spread betting: A tax-free way to trade

Spread betting is Britain’s favourite way of using borrowed money to play the stockmarket. And you don’t have to pay on your profits. Here’s how it works.

Get a better deal on your trades

If you're going to buy and sell shares online, it's important you get the stockbroking account to suit your style of investing.

The foundations of advanced trading

While stock-trading meets the needs of most retail investors, there may be times when you want to put together more complicated trades. Here's what you need to know.

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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.


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.


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The foundations of advanced trading

While stock-trading meets the needs of most retail investors, there may be times when you want to put together more complicated trades. Here’s what you need to know.

Keep your head when trading forex

Currency or ‘forex’ trading is particularly popular with those who are new to trading. But beware, the risks are plentiful.

An effective alternative to spread bets

More experienced traders often prefer to use contracts for difference (CFDs). And while they work in a similar way to spread betting, there are a few important differences.

How to keep your head in a collapsing market

When markets are sliding like they are now, it’s vital to have a plan. John Stepek explains what you can do to protect your wealth.

How safe is your dividend?

By knowing what to look for, you can tell if a company’s dividend is under threat. Phil Oakley explains.

Steer clear of US assets

Merry Somerset Webb explains why you won’t want to own American assets when the money-printing ends.

From ADRs to Z scores, find explanations of all those terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

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