Before you start
Tempting as it may be to plunge straight into investing, you may need to address other aspects of your personal finances first. In this section, you'll learn more about some of the things you should take into consideration before putting your money to work.
Always remember that investments can fall in value and you may get back less than you invest.
Investing can potentially get your cash working harder for you. But you need to be prepared to be in it for the long run and understand that unlike saving, it comes with risk: you can lose money. We look at some of the key principles you should take on board before you get started.
If you’re considering investing, it’s vital to get your finances in order before you begin. Check through these points to make sure you’re prepared.
It can be tempting to answer 'neither' when times are hard, but it's definitely worth putting money away for the future, whatever your plans might be.
Getting back to basics can help you become a smarter investor. We take you to your starting point.
The majority of people in the UK recognise the value and importance of saving. But a lack of awareness and understanding means many are at risk of not saving adequately for the future. This must be addressed now.
Interest rates, whether they are rising or falling, can have a significant impact on your finances and investments. We explain what you need to know.
Should you save or invest?
Find out why some people hold cash and others invest, and take a look at the differences in these two ways of accumulating wealth.View our infographic
Planning for the long term
Successful investing requires careful planning. Whatever your future goals, get organised now with the help of these tips and tools.
Make better decisions
Get some strategic insight on today's markets. Follow the latest industry news and analysis to keep your portfolio in tip-top shape.