Stocks and shares

Your essential guide to: trading international shares

Shares Made Simple author Rodney Hobson explains international sharedealing, from picking a broker to stocks to buy for a diversified portfolio.

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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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How to buy shares and become a stock market investor

In this new series, we chart Kyle Caldwell’s journey to build his own equity portfolio.

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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 are particularly useful during periods of high market volatility because they are relatively quick to trade.

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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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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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