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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In defence of short-sellers

To many people, short-selling – selling a company’s shares in the hope of buying them back for less – is distasteful. But it does have its uses, says John Stepek.

Three high-yielding stocks to buy now – and three more to avoid

Stocks with big dividends can provide a reliable income in this tough environment – but high yields can be a sign of impending disaster. Phil Oakley explains how to spot the difference

What investors can learn from Carillion’s collapse

With construction and support services giant Carillion going into liquidation, John Stepek looks at some of the key lessons for investors.

Dow milestone is a dud

The Dow Jones reaching 25,000 has got newspapers all in a flap. That, as John Stepek explains, is just plain nonsense.

Simple portfolios for lazy investors

Cheap passive funds are a great way for busy people to invest, says David C Stevenson. And they’re only going to get more popular.

Ignore the Cape sceptics

The cyclically adjusted price-earnings (Cape) ratio is an excellent predictor of long-term equity returns. And now, in the US at least, it is flashing red.

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