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.

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.
Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.
From ADRs to Z scores – all the financial terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

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.

Five reasons why you can beat the City

If you think you don’t stand a chance against the City’s sharpest fund managers, think again. When it comes to investing, you’ve got the edge.

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.

Why I trust shares above all else

For novice investors, the choice of what to buy can be baffling. But Tom Bulford likes shares. Here, he explains why.

Three great vehicles for your savings

Tom Bulford continues his short series on DIY investing with three simple ways to invest in shares: the basic share-dealing account, stocks and shares Isas, and self-invested personal pensions (Sipps).

Take back control of your investments today

High fund management fees and low savings rates make it more important than ever that investors take control of their money. And DIY investing is both simple and rewarding, says Tom Bulford . Here, he explains how to go about it.

How to find ridiculously cheap stocks

The trick to successful investing is finding cheap stocks. But how do you do that? Phil Oakley explains one classic approach, and picks three stocks worth keeping an eye on.

Seth Klarman - the world’s greatest living value investor

Value investing – the art of buying something worth a pound for 50 pence – works. Phil Oakley looks at what you can learn from its greatest practitioner – Seth Klarman.

The 'instinct test' for smart investing

Many investors buy stocks on the basis of a hunch. But relying on gut instinct is a terrible way to invest, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he explains a technique to help you assess your instincts and make rational buying decisions.

Can you trust reported earnings figures?

Many investors rely on the ‘earnings per share’ figure to give an idea of a company’s profitability. But it can be misleading. Tim Bennett explains why.

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