Stocks and shares

How to buy shares and become a stock market investor

Since leaving university eight years ago I have made a living writing about investing. By my best guess, during this time I have interviewed perhaps 100 fund managers, including some of the sharpest investor minds around.

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Navigating turbulent stock markets: a beginner's guide

Amid continuing market choppiness, Money Observer has gathered a range of tips from experts to help investors survive and thrive in volatile markets.

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Share Sleuth: 10 questions for a long-term investing checklist

I've updated my checklist, concatenating some questions, and rephrasing the most important one.

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Spread betting and contracts for difference: a beginner's guide

Financial spread betting and contracts for difference (CFDs) are very similar.

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Should you invest in penny shares?

In the late 1980s my father subscribed to a penny share newsletter delivered by post each month.

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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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Investing in stocks and shares: a beginner's guide

While there is some risk involved, if you're putting money away for the long term, there are a number of reason why it pays to invest in stocks and shares.

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Rights issues: a beginner's guide

A rights issue is a way for a company to raise new capital by issuing new shares.

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New issues and IPOs: a beginner's guide

Had you bought shares in Google when it launched on the stock market in August 2004, your shares would have increased in value by almost nine times in the following eight years.

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