Getting started with investing

Getting started with investing can be confusing. There is a lot of financial information out there, but much of it assumes so much prior knowledge, or is couched in jargon so obscure, that it soon becomes meaningless.

MoneyWeek can help you understand the basics of investing, by presenting clear information in simple terms. On these pages, we'll introduce you to the essential concepts of investing, giving you the confidence to get started on the road to financial freedom.

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?

A look at the main asset classes available to UK investors. Most portfolios contain a mix of these in some proportion.

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.

Isa basics: what you need to know

All you need to know about how Isas work, including how much you can pay in, what you can hold, and how to transfer an Isa.

Getting to grips with commodities

Investors looking to diversify their portfolios should turn to commodities, having got to grips with shares and bonds, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How to construct a portfolio

How do you go about putting all of your assets together? Matthew Partridge explains the art of portfolio construction.

All you need to know about bonds

In the latest of our beginner’s guides to investing, Merryn Somerset Webb explains the basics of bonds.

The best books on investing for beginners

Four of the best books on passive investing, from a very simple introduction to an in-depth analysis.

Just what is a fund anyway?

There are two main types of fund out there for investors to invest in. Merryn Somerset Webb explains how they work, and which is her favourite.

Head for the high street

Phil Oakley finds four winners in the retail sector

From ADRs to Z scores – all the financial terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.
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.

A beginner's guide to investing in gold

Gold is the ultimate insurance policy – an essential part of your portfolio. Here’s how to invest in it.

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?

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?

What are the main asset classes?

A look at the main asset classes available to UK investors. Most portfolios contain a mix of these in some proportion.

All you need to know about individual savings accounts

Whether you’re saving for your retirement or just growing your savings, individual saving accounts (Isas) are vital in reducing your tax bill. Here’s everything you need to know about investing with Isas.

A beginner's guide to investing in gold

Gold is the ultimate insurance policy – an essential part of your portfolio. Here’s how to invest in it.

The most important lesson in investment

There’s one simple thing that will improve your investment performance more than anything else. John Stepek explains what it is.

Why you should always hold some cash

Conventional wisdom dictates you should have all of your money invested all of the time. But keeping some cash back is often the wisest investment decision you can make. Phil Oakley explains why.

Is it worth looking for a good fund manager?

For most private investors, using a fund manager is probably not worthwhile, says Phil Oakley. It’s cheaper to do it yourself. But if you feel you must use one, here are five things to watch out for.

Tax-free saving beyond Isas and pensions

Slashing your tax bill is a vital part of saving for your retirement. And while Isas and Sipps are popular, there are other forms of tax shelters, says Phil Oakley – some more risky than others.

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Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.