New to investing?

It is easy for those of us who work in finance to forget how daunting the world of investing can be if you haven’t had much experience of it. We use so much jargon, abbreviate everything, overcomplicate what should be relatively simple concepts and we are constantly dreaming up new products and new rules and regulations. One of the aims of this website is to try to demystify a lot of this.

We have produced a guide for new investors. You can access the full document here (shortly) or, alternatively, we have split it into a page by page guide that covers some of the issues you need to think about before you make any investment, what do you want from your investments? – growth, income or both, what sort of assets you might want to invest in, whether it makes sense to invest at home or abroad, how you can access these investments (directly or through a fund) and the various types of tax efficient “wrappers” (like ISAs) that are available.

A few tips before you get started

What type of asset to invest in?

Where should I invest?

Buy direct or through a fund?

A bit about wrappers