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Many savers fed up with risible rates of return on their cash are being tempted to invest in stock markets instead. Our beginners’ guide explains what taking a punt on shares really means for your money, what and where to buy, and how much risk to take.
Investing for beginners:
What is an investment?
Government bonds (gilts)
UK property market
Fledgling technology firms
Art, eg, paintings, sculptures
For most, investing means putting money in the stock market
How do stock markets work?
Why does a company share price rise and fall?
What kind of growth can I expect from investing?
Sector investing in…
Over one year
Over five years
Over 10 years
UK income shares
UK company bonds
US stock markets
European countries (but not the UK)
Asia (incl Japan)
A mix of global stock markets
ALWAYS remember the five golden rules of investing:
Is investing right for me?
How much should I set aside to put in?
How do I invest?
What is a share?
What is a fund?
Investing in an ISA should ALWAYS be your first port of call
How do I research what to invest in?
It has a helpful and easy-to-navigate website jam-packed with free information about funds – and you can make the most of this whether you sign up to buy funds or not.
Interactive Investor has a wide range of information, including
on a range of investments and a glossary of terms you might come across while you’re researching investments.
Bestinvest’s research team looks at more than 85,000 funds and compiles research on a monthly basis.
The market data section of this website breaks down lists of FTSE companies and allows you to check performance for any time period from one day to three years.