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.

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 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.

How to protect your shares from bad company management

There is one thing that small shareholders can use to protect their shares from bad management decisions: dividends. John Stepek explains how.

Owning a share: it’s like being a 16th century trader

What is a share, why do companies sell them, and why should you consider buying them? John Stepek goes back to the adventures of 16th century explorers and traders to find out.

This single sentence could save you a lot of heartache

We are all hardwired to make stupid investment decisions, says John Stepek. But by remembering this simple manta, you could save yourself from making some very costly mistakes.

What to avoid when you buy ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can be a cheap way to gain access to almost any market. But there are three types of ETF you should stay well clear of. John Stepek explains.

How to invest in passive funds: your guide to trackers and ETFs

How the two types of passive fund – trackers and ETFs – work, the differences between them, and how to keep your costs down when you invest in them.

What is an index?

Funds that set out to match the performance of a given index are popular with investors. But what exactly makes up an index? John Stepek explains.

Why you should always look for a passive fund first

John Stepek explains why you should always go for a passive fund over an active one, and outlines the two main types to choose from.

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