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.

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.

A beginner's guide to Venture Capital Trusts

Venture Capital Trusts are risky investments that could well see you lose your money. So why would anyone want to invest in them? Ruth Jackson explains.

The best brokers for trading foreign stocks

Some of the best-value stocks are to be found in Asia. But how easy is it for UK-based investors to buy overseas stocks? The answer is that it’s a lot easier than you might think. Cris Sholto Heaton picks the best brokers.

How to navigate the financial markets

Tim Bennett explains workings of the financial markets, and gives three rules of thumb for novice investors.

When customers hate a company, smart investors don't flinch

Contrarian investors should take note… a company with poor customer service has less to lose from bad PR.

Tread carefully when trading online

When opening a share-dealing account, most investors focus on which shares they want to buy and how much it will cost. But ignore the small print at your peril.

Three key spread betting skills

Once you understand the mechanics of spread betting, how do you get good at it? Tim Bennett runs through three top tips.

Play the biggest market in the world

As Greek debt woes continue, the euro has been taking a battering. So too has sterling as investors wonder whether a sovereign debt crisis could hit the UK next. So how can you take advantage?

One-touch betting

One of the best things about spread bets is the fact you can make a lot of money fast. However, you can lose it fast too. So why not give one-touch betting a go?

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