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.

What you need to know about funds

One of the most basic investment products is the fund. John Stepek explains the basics of funds, including the difference between active and passive funds, and when you should choose one over the other.

How to defeat your worst enemy in investing: yourself

Contrary to belief, markets are anything but efficient. That’s because they’re made up of human beings. Here, John Stepek explains how to stop your gut feeling from leading you astray.

A beginner’s guide to inflation

One of the most frequently mentioned topics in the financial news is inflation. But what exactly is it and how does it affect the economy? Matthew Partridge explains the basics of inflation.

Which investments are safer, and which are more risky?

John Stepek gives a brief rundown of the risks involved in the main investment asset classes, and how to avoid losing all your money.

How to use money to make money

Investing is all about making your money work for you. And there are two main ways to do this, says John Stepek. Here, he explains what they are.

What’s a portfolio, and how do you build one?

Not putting all your eggs in one basket is one of the oldest pieces of investment advice. So how do you start to build your portfolio, and what should you buy? John Stepek explains.

How to choose a broker

If you want to invest in stocks and shares, you’re going to have to get yourself a stockbroker. It’s a lot easier and a lot cheaper than it might sound, says Phil Oakley. Here, he explains how to find a broker.

Everything you need to know about pensions

Putting your pension in order may fill you with dread – or boredom, says John Stepek. But if you want to fund anything but the most basic of lifestyles on retirement, you should take action now.

You shouldn’t be paying tax on your investments

You don’t need to hire the best accountants to protect your investments from the taxman. You can do it yourself, says John Stepek. Here’s how.

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