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.

The golden age of television

Matthew Partridge picks the stocks to watch

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.

Here's why the market is irrational – it's the City's fault

The trouble with the financial services industry is that it is not interested in making money for you. It is interested in making money for itself. The best person to manage your money is you, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

How much do you need for a comfortable retirement?

We all know we need to put money aside for our retirement. But just how much do you need to save to enjoy the retirement you hope for? Phil Oakley explains.

How to buy low and sell high

Once you’ve got an investment pot together, periodically rebalancing your portfolio keeps your money working for you by buying cheap assets and selling those that have become expensive. Phil Oakley explains how it’s done.

What you need to know about annuities

On retirement, many of us will need to buy annuity to provide an income. But what is an annuity? Tim Bennett explains the different types, and what you need to know about each.

Return on capital employed: the most revealing number in investing

Doing a few basic calculations can save you a lot of heartache when investing. And one calculation stands head and shoulders above the others: the ‘return on capital employed’, or Roce.

The most important price in the world

Understanding how interest rates work is a crucial part of investing, says Phil Oakley. Here, he explains the various types of interest rate, and which is the most important for you.

Which profit figure is the most important?

Profit is vital to any successful business. But there are several ways to measure it. Tim Bennett explains what each one means, and which one you should use.

The best way to invest in property

There is an easier, cheaper, and less risky way of investing property than buying to let – real estate investment trusts, or Reits. Here’s what a Reit is, and what to look out for when buying one.

Portfolio building: How to go it alone and do it yourself

So you’ve decided to take charge of your own money. But before you invest a penny, you need to think about how you are going to put together your investment portfolio.

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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.