How to invest

Why it pays to go passive

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Index provider S&P releases an annual “scorecard” rating how active funds compare to passive funds, says John Stepek. This year was worse than usual.

How to choose a robo-adviser

Many of us haven’t got the time, knowledge or the disposition to pick great funds on a regular basis. The answer could be to look at the fast-growing “robo-advice” sector.

Racing to victory

As May calls a snap general election, is it time to buy British stocks?

  • Should everybody get a handout from the state?

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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.
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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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It’s quiet out there. Too damn quiet

Driven by record amounts of money pouring in to exchange-traded funds, markets are starting to feel a little overheated, says John Stepek. Are we nearing the top?

Are analysts redundant?

Critics claim new rules will reduce the funds available for research. Is it time to say goodbye to analysts, asks Matthew Partridge.

A value fund with a decidedly fine focus

Active management can work if a fund is small and focused. Adam Rackley has big plans, he tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

Read company annual reports for red flags

Research suggests that careful reading of a company’s annual report can pay off. In particular, says Matthew Partridge, there are four “red flags” to watch out for.

Six income ideas for your portfolio

Government bonds look increasingly poor value, but you can still earn a good income from more specialist investment opportunities, says Jon Rebak.

Software for stock pickers

Online tools make it much easier to analyse potential investments. Cris Sholto Heaton looks at the options.

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