You can trade shares on seven world markets from London to New York, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Investing in funds gives you cost effective exposure to a much wider range of investments than you would be able to obtain as an individual. Spreading your money between different sectors, indices or geographical locations can help to reduce the risk involved in stock market investing.
Investment Trusts are companies that invest in the shares of other companies on behalf of investors. Investors' money is taken and pooled together by a professional fund manager who will then purchase stocks and shares in a wide variety of companies.
Exchange Traded Funds, or ETFs, are pooled funds that are traded on the stock exchanges around the world in exactly the same way as stocks and shares.
Issuing bonds and gilts is a way for companies or governments to raise capital. By investing in a bond or gilt, you are lending money to a company or government for a fixed period in return for a fixed rate of interest, although this can vary depending on the bond or gilt. They carry a nominal value that will be paid back to the holder on a stated date (the Redemption Date).
What are the risks with bonds and gilts?
Traded on the open market, bond and gilt prices are constantly changing. A company or government’s stability can affect the price so, while safer than equities, bonds and gilts carry an element of risk and you may lose some (or all) of your initial investment.
Bonds and gilts are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and repayment of bonds is not guaranteed if a company fails. Economic factors can affect the market price and if interest rates rise, the capital value of the asset will fall – this is known as capital erosion.
Trading bonds and gilts
Bonds and gilts can only be traded through our telephone dealing service. To place a trade please call 0345 606 11 88. If you need to call us from abroad, you can call us on +44 113 279 7518.
Preference shares are a class of share which pay a fixed rate of dividend. An investor won’t benefit from any increases in a company's profits as their dividends are fixed - similarly they would be protected if a company’s profits fell.
Please remember that the value of an investment and the income from it can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you invested.
We don't provide advice so if you are in any doubt about making your own investment decisions we recommend you seek advice from a suitably qualified financial adviser.
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