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Learning

We have created a range of articles to help both new and experienced investors learn more about managing their money.

Investing: In-depth

There are several key topics to explore as you decide to invest, which can help shape your approach and portfolio. We have turned these topics into clear guides to help you make informed decisions about your finances.

These topics cover everything from tax-free investing to the different asset classes that exist and what each means. We recommend starting with ‘your approach to risk’ and then moving to the ‘in-depth’ articles covering specific areas in detail.

Investing for retirement

Investing for retirement

The state pension is unlikely to provide the standard of living in retirement that most of us would like or expect. Today, enjoying a decent retirement generally means providing a savings pot for ourselves.

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How to build an investment portfolio

How to build an investment portfolio

Asset allocation, or the proportions of a portfolio that are invested in the various asset classes, is key to long-term performance.

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Understanding the stock market

Understanding the Stock Market

Stock markets can be daunting, especially for beginners.

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What is diversification

What is diversification?

Everyone knows it is risky to ‘put all your eggs in one basket.’ The same principle applies to investing.

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Why invest?

The benefits of investing

Many people are happy to leave their savings in a bank cash account, allowing instant access. Investing can offer other benefits, however.

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Understanding fund pricing

Explaining dual and single price funds

Some of our funds are dual priced and some are single priced. Here we explain what this means.

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Financial markets can be complex

Understanding financial markets

A variety of assets are traded on financial markets, but they are all affected by certain key factors.

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What is a risk profile?

Understanding your risk profile

One of the key questions to answer before making an investment is 'what is your risk profile?'

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What are asset classes

What are asset classes?

Different types of investment fall into categories known as asset classes, which group them according to their common characteristics.

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What are real assets

What are real assets?

A real asset has physical properties, but how does this affect them as investments?

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Understanding bonds

What is a bond?

Find out why bonds can be attractive to investors

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What is a commodity

What is a commodity?

A commodity is a physical good with the same characteristics as other goods of the same type.

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What is an equity fund

What is an equity fund?

Learn about equities and the benefits of accessing them via investment funds.

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What is style investing

What is style investing?

There are two main approaches associated with investing in equities. Discover the advantages and challenges of each.

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