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.
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.
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 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.
You might have heard the expression, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’, a million times. But following this advice can help your investments work better for you.
The savings and investments you choose to invest in make up your ‘portfolio’. Here’s how to tailor your investment choices to your investment goals for a bespoke portfolio.
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.
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.
Diversification means spreading your money across different investments to balance the level of risk in your portfolio.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
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