Small Cap

Why investors should look beyond the FTSE 100 index

In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 referendum, investors would have baulked at the idea of a hard Brexit; three long years later, gasping for any resolution to the tortured political process, they welcomed the certainty provided by an emphatic victory for Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. The gloom finally started to lift for UK shares.

Why small is beautiful for investors

There are various ways whereby self-directed investors can tilt the odds of stockmarket success in their favour. Three sensible rules as a starting point are to invest for the long term, drip-feed money into the market to benefit from pound-cost averaging, and keep a close eye on charges for both the funds held and the broker fee that is also levied.