Introduction to investing

Not invested before? The choice of investments on offer and all the industry jargon can be really confusing.

Our investment guides can help you decide whether investing is the right choice for you, as well as explain the differences between investment products. We’ve also got a handy jargon buster, which translates all the investment industry language into simple terms.

5 steps to investing

We take you through 5 quick and simple steps to help you get started when considering investing for the first time.

Alternatively, we’ve got a short video guide to talk you through the key steps.

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Investing or saving?

Should you invest or is saving a better option for you? We give you the main differences between investing and saving and explain how to work out which would suit your needs.

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Understanding investment products

Summary of the types of investment products that are commonly available in the marketplace.

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Understanding investment documentation

Our guide details the documents typically available to support investors and the information they usually contain.

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ISA information

Overview of these tax-efficient investments, including all the new ISA regulations, and why they often form part of a financial plan.

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Jargon buster

Stumped by securities? Bamboozled by bonds? Simple explanations of all the investment terminology you might come across when investing.

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Understand the risks

The value of an investment can fall as well as rise, and you may get back less than you invest. If you are not sure about investing, seek independent advice.

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