How to invest

If you're new to investing, but aren't sure how to go about it, MoneyWeek's 'how to invest' pages are the place for you.

Here, you'll find everything you need to know about investing, from the basics, to tips on strategies, building a portfolio, what to buy and asset allocation. We've got videos and articles for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

If you’re 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.

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.

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Everyone should have some gold in these torrid times. But how do you get hold of it? Here's the best place to get started.
When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are many investment platforms and brokers to choose from. Find out which is best for you.
From ADRs to Z scores – all the financial terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

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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The one problem with Isas, and how to avoid it

Isas are marvellous – apart from one thing. Pass them on to your heirs and they’ll pay inheritance tax. But there is a way around this, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Steer clear of private equity

Beware of private-equity funds bearing expertise, says John Stepek. What they really bring is a crippling debt burden.

Lessons from Buffett’s latest letter: stay patient and avoid debt

Warren Buffett released the latest letter from his investment vehicle, Berkshire Hathaway, at the weekend. John Stepek looks at what advice the Sage of Omaha has for investors.

How to pick a winning fund

Beating the market is about choosing the right fund managers – and timing. Both are tricky, says John Stepek. You might be better sticking with a tracker.

What investors can learn from SLA's ill-fated merger

The merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life was supposed to create a “formidable player” on the global money-management stage. Things are not going well. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what investors can learn from the mess.

The one asset I feel tempted to bet on right now

Using leverage – borrowed money – to bet on equities looks like a bad idea right now. But there is one asset that might be worth a carefully considered punt.

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