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.

Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

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.

How you can get an investing edge over the professionals

When it comes to research, most professional investors are lazy, says Phil Oakley. Here, he explains how spending a little time getting to know a firm’s annual report can earn you big profits.

Three vital things you must know about commodities

‘Real’ assets are popular with investors at the moment. But what are they and how do they fit in to your portfolio? John Stepek explains.

What’s so important about gold?

Once dismissed as primitive and irrelevant, gold has been rediscovered by investors. Little wonder, says John Stepek. Here, he explains why gold is an essential part of your portfolio.

How to value companies

One of the most common mistakes investors make is to pay too much for a share. So how do you know what the right price for a stock is? Phil Oakley explains.

How to avoid being ruined by market bubbles

It’s not always easy to spot bubbles. And even if you do spot them, they can be hard to resist. Here, John Stepek explains how to overcome your natural biases and avoid buying overpriced investments.

Why you can’t rely on the p/e ratio alone

The price/earnings ratio is a useful tool when it comes to deciding whether you should buy a particular stock or not. But it does have its weaknesses. Tim Bennett explains.

The most commonly-used number in share tipping

Tim Bennett explains everything you need to know about the price/earnings ratio, the single, easy-to-calculate number that can tell you whether a stock is cheap or expensive.

The three main investment styles: income, value, and growth

Investing can seem complicated, but, in fact, it all boils down to three simple approaches. Phil Oakley explains what they are and how you can use them to build your portfolio.

How dividends help you to get rich slowly

Reinvesting your dividends is the surest way to making big profits, says Phil Oakley. Here he explains everything you need to know about buying stocks with large dividend yields.

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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.