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.
Amid continuing market choppiness, Money Observer has gathered a range of tips from experts to help investors survive and thrive in volatile markets.
I've updated my checklist, concatenating some questions, and rephrasing the most important one.
Financial spread betting and contracts for difference (CFDs) are very similar.
In the late 1980s my father subscribed to a penny share newsletter delivered by post each month.
Investing in the stock market can appear daunting to a beginner, but equities beat cash and bonds over most medium and long-term periods.
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.
A rights issue is a way for a company to raise new capital by issuing new shares.
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.