Investment basics

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.

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The FSCS' £85,000 limit: a beginner's guide

Although they may seem monolithic and indestructible, history has taught us that even the largest financial institutions are vulnerable to collapse.

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How to invest a windfall: a beginner's guide

Whether it's an inheritance, a redundancy payment or even a lottery win, receiving a windfall can transform your financial circumstances.

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How to navigate bear markets: a beginner's guide

Put simply, bull markets are sustained periods of market growth and bear runs are sustained periods of losses. Remember, bears attack by swiping 'down', while bulls throw their horns 'up'.

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The financial regulators: a beginner's guide

With the Financial Services Authority no more and a new regulator installed in its place, we explain the basics of the industry organisations you need to know about. 

Financial Conduct Authority

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How to be a better investor: a beginner's guide

A dozen or more years ago, I would occasionally be invited onto a financial television channel and, if my fellow guests ever paused for breath from raving about the latest 'must-own' stock, I would be asked how viewers might be

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Life, income and health cover: a beginner's guide

No one likes to think about the worst-case scenario, let alone pay out for it.

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What to invest in: a beginner's guide

When it comes to investing, there are a number of different types of investment vehicle for you to consider.

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What you need to know when you retire: a beginner's guide

The quality of your pension planning during your working life will have a huge bearing on your income when you retire.

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