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Investing fundamentals

Looking to brush up on your investing knowledge? This series of articles and videos will guide you through some of the fundamental concepts so that you have a better understanding of how your money is being invested.

What is the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)?

When it comes to financial matters, especially the safety of your money and investments, you may see the acronym FSCS appear, but what is it and how can it help? 

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What are emerging markets?

Emerging markets are in areas of the world where the economies are still developing and undergoing substantial change and volatility, such as Brazil and India

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What is a managed fund?

A managed fund is an investment vehicle in which investors’ funds are pooled and invested in a diversified range of assets by an investment manager

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Understanding the stock market

Stock markets can be daunting, especially for beginners. This article breaks down what a stock markets are and how they work, so we can understand how to use them to make money

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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 is a bond?

Find out what a bonds are and why they can be attractive to investors

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What are real assets?

A real asset has physical properties, but how does this affect them as investments and why might you want them?

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What is a commodity?

A commodity is a specific subset of real assets and include widely recognised investments such as gold and silver

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Diversification: Meaning, benefits and how to diversify

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

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What is an equity fund?

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

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What is an ISA?

Who can save into an ISA and what are the benefits of using one?

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Expand your knowledge

For slightly more experienced investors, we introduce some more advanced concepts to help you deepen your understanding of investment and financial markets

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