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Reducing unnecessary risk

You need to decide how much risk you’re willing to take when you invest. This will largely depend on your financial goals, how prepared you are to accept losses, and how soon you need your money. In this section, we'll help you understand how to manage risk when investing.

Always remember that investments can fall in value and you may get back less than you invest.

Understanding the importance of diversification

Most people are familiar with the phrase “Don't put all your eggs in one basket”. And this saying also holds true when it comes to investing. Barclays’ Senior Quantitative Analyst Will Morris, explains why diversification is important, and gives tips on how you can actually go about achieving it.

How to avoid financial scams

Financial fraud cost investors millions of pounds a year. We look at some of the warning signs to watch out for and how you can prevent yourself from falling victim to scams.

Managing risk and investing efficiently

It isn’t possible to avoid all of the risks you’ll be exposing your money to over the course of your investing life, but there are many ways you can reduce and manage them. Remember, however, that whatever you do to manage risk, you could still make a loss.

Asset allocation – the basics

Asset allocation is an important process that you’ll need to think about as you build your investment portfolio. Your ‘assets’ are the things you’re investing in – the ‘allocation’ part means how much of each type of investment you put into your portfolio.

Understanding risk and return

Understanding the relationship between risk and return is a crucial aspect of investing. Higher returns might sound appealing but you need to accept there may be a greater risk of losing your money.

What’s your attitude to risk?

When it comes to your investments, it's important to work out how you really feel about risk and how much you're willing to accept.

What is a stop-loss order?

Investors can use various strategies to limit any losses in the event of market falls. Here, we explain how a stop-loss order works.

Diversification Explained

Diversification means spreading your money across different investments to balance the level of risk in your portfolio.

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Remember, the value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you could get back less than you invest.

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Planning for the long term

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