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Investing guides

Browse our investing articles covering beginner and in-depth strategies, explanations, tips, and costs, and learn about investing in the stock market through shares and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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18 investing strategies

Learn about 18 investing strategies that every investor should know, including popular strategies like value and growth investing.

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Passive investing

In this guide, we explain the pros and cons of passive investing, active vs passive investing, some strategies, and how you can get started.

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Is now a good time to invest?

In this article, we detail if it may be a good idea to try and time the market. Is it time in the market or timing the market?

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Factor investing

In this article, we explain what factor investing is, the different factors that exist, and some ETFs that can give you exposure to them.

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Ethical investing (ESG)

In this guide, we explain what ethical investing is, what the criteria is, how to do it, and list some potential avenues for ethical investing.

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Creating an investment portfolio

Follow our investing guide to see how you can set up your own investment portfolio using 10 easy key steps.

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Risks of investing

Discover the risks associated with investing your money, from potential loss of capital and foreign exchange risk, all the way to opportunity risk.

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Advantages & disadvantages of investing

In this article, we explain the advantages and disadvantages of investing your money. Find out the pros and cons of risking your money for better potential returns.

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Low-risk investments

Discover some of the best low-risk investments from the past 10 years, which have been categorised based on investments that had low volatility but high gains.

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Investing for retirement

Explore strategies for investing during your retirement, from low risk to high risk, along with how to make the most of your pension pot in retirement.

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Income investing

In our income investing guide, we walk you through some key steps and options for creating a balanced portfolio that generates a passive income flow.

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How much of my salary should I save?

We explore how much of your UK salary you typically might need to save each month to achieve your life goals and what to do with that money.

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5-year investment plan

In this article, we discuss how to create an investment plan that could help meet your investment goals while also aligning to your risk profile.

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Compounding investments

Join us as we explain how compounding may help to grow your investments over time. Cited as the 8th wonder of the world, learn how compounding may aid your returns.

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Warren Buffett's investment strategies

In this guide, we list some important investment strategies that famous investor Warren Buffett uses to attain his market beating returns over the long term.

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Best short-term investments

Learn about a variety of short-term investments that can provide a consistent source of income, including online savings accounts, short-term bond funds, and certificates of deposit.

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How to invest in gold and silver

In this article, we explore if gold and silver can be a good investment, the different ways you can invest in gold and silver, including stocks and ETFs, along with how to get started.

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Averaging down stocks

Discover what the averaging down on stocks strategy is, if it’s a good strategy, and when you might consider employing it. Invest in stocks today.

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Contrarian investing

Explore the ins and outs of contrarian investing with us. We detail some contrarian investing strategies and list some famous investors employing this strategy.

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Bestselling investing books

Discover some of the bestselling investing books of all-time, covering topics such as stock investing, asset allocation, value investing, and financial analysis, from well-known investors.

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Saving vs investing

Saving vs investing: what’s the difference? Learn the main differences between the two and the pros and cons of each for you to decide which might be better suited for you.

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Core-satellite approach

In this article, we explain the core-satellite approach to portfolio construction and how it could help you to build a portfolio that takes advantage of both passive and active investing.

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How to start investing in property

Find out how to invest in property and real estate without actually buying a house. Start investing in property in the UK with little money vs buying a residential house.

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Inflation-proof investments

In this guide, we list some investments that typically perform well during times of inflation, the ones that don’t do so well, and why this may be.

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Impact investing

Join us as we explain what impact investing is and outline some of the best-performing funds that may make a difference with your investments. Start impact investing.

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How to invest in stocks

This step-by-step guide will show you how to start investing in stocks, from setting your goals, all the way to how to pick stocks.

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Best performing long-term stocks

In this article, we give you a list of the best performing long-term stocks that you should be adding to your watchlist.

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Semiconductor stocks

The semiconductor industry is a growing trend in the stock market. See our list of some top-performing semiconductor stocks.

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International stocks

We explain how you can invest in international stocks, including shares from the US, China, Germany, and Brazil.

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UK value stocks

Discover the top 10 cheap UK value stocks based on a combination of valuation metrics, such as financial ratios and volume. Find UK value stocks to watch for the long term.

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Dividend investing

Dividend investing is used by many for income generation. In this article, we explain (in-depth) what it is, how it works & how you can benefit from it.

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Monthly dividend stocks

Learn how to find stocks that pay monthly dividends to earn returns on your investment. Discover a list of monthly dividend stocks and ETFs from around the globe.

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Robotics stocks

Discover some robotics and automation stocks and exchange-traded funds that we’ve shortlisted to watch in the upcoming year. Discover why and how to invest in robotics.

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Small-cap stocks

Discover what is classified as a small-cap stock and how to invest in them. Discover small-cap stocks to watch right now that may grow and generate returns in years to come.

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Asian stocks

Regulatory changes in Beijing rocked Asian shares and profit buying propped them in 2021, but 2022 may be different. Discover some Asian stocks to watch in the upcoming year.

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Equity investments

Learn about the different types of equity investments, such as stocks, ETFs, and private equity, and how you can get started investing in these assets.

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Natural gas stocks

Discover some of the biggest natural gas stocks to consider adding to your portfolio this year, as we delve into the outlook for the natural gas market.

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NFT stocks

In this article, we list some of the top NFT stocks you should be watching to potentially take advantage of growing technology. Start investing in NFT related stocks today.

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Top tech stocks

In this article, we list some of the biggest tech stocks to watch in 2022 based on revenues and market cap. Find out which mega cap tech stocks you could add to your watchlist for the year ahead.

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

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How to invest in ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) track the performance of a stock market index, industry, or sector. Learn how to invest in ETFs and how they differ from other fund types.

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What are index funds?

We explain what index funds are, the pros and cons of investing in index-funds, how to choose from the thousands of funds out there, and which have been the best performing.

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Best-performing emerging market funds

Discover some of the best-performing emerging market ETFs over the last five years, based on total cumulative return. Explore our list of emerging market funds from Russia, India, and Brazil.

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Gold ETFs

Discover some of the best-performing gold ETFs over the past five years based on returns, including gold funds issued by iShares, SPDR, and VanEck, to add stability to your portfolio.

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Accumulation vs income funds

Join us as we explain what the differences are between accumulation and income distribution funds, the pros and cons of each, and when an investor might use one or the other.

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Stocks & shares ISA

Discover some key things you need to know about stocks & shares ISAs, including how they work, how to open one, and how to start investing.

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