Money Observer team

How to invest in the stock market: a beginner’s guide

Investing in the stock market can appear daunting to a beginner, but equities beat cash and bonds over most medium and long-term periods.

To a beginner, the stock market can appear rather daunting. But equities outperform cash and bonds over most medium and long-term periods and easy routes in are not hard to find.

In reality, with dismal returns on offer from banks and building societies, investing in shares provides an opportunity to hedge against rising inflation and achieve greater returns than cash, bonds and property.

The hunt for global dividends: why clever income-seekers are digging for victory

Income seekers have good reason these days to cast their investment nets much wider than the UK’s markets: not only do they avoid the increasing risk of excessive concentration within a few key high-paying blue-chips, but they can also get exposure to the growing dividend culture in other parts of the world.  The August issue of Money Observer leads with a region-by-region assessment of prospects for dividend-hunters in the US, Europe, emerging markets and Japan, and draws some encouraging conclusions.