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Investment Guides

We've collated our most popular and most recently-published investment guides in one place for you. Designed to help you through the basics as well as more complicated issues, browse our entire back catalogue below. 

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What are the best ethical funds in 2022?

The Moneyfacts annual star ratings for ethical funds are out now. Find out which ethical funds got the top rating of five stars.

The Moneyfacts annual star ratings for ethical funds are out now. Find out which ethical funds got the top rating of five stars.

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What is an investment platform?

Find out how to invest in shares and investment funds using an investment platform or fund supermarket. We explain how they work and how to choose which one might work best for you.

Find out how to invest in shares & investment funds using an investment platform. We explain how they work and how to choose which one might work best for you.

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5 steps to becoming a buy-to-let landlord

If you already have a mortgage on your property but wish to convert it to buy-to-let, it's important to speak to your mortgage lender. Read on to find out more.

If you already have a mortgage on your property but wish to convert it to buy-to-let, it's important to speak to your mortgage lender. Read on to find out more.

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How to invest with a real estate investment trust (REIT)

A REIT is a property investment firm that in the UK is listed on a stock exchange. The purpose of a REIT is to generate a profit from its property portfolios and generate a return for its shareholders or investors.

A REIT is a property investment firm that in the UK is listed on a stock exchange. Find out more about how they generate money for their investors in our guide.

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A comprehensive guide to inheritance tax

Knowing what to do with an inheritance is vital if you want to make the most if it - find out more in our guide to managing money form an inheritance.

Knowing what to do with an inheritance is vital if you want to make the most if it - find out more in our guide to managing money form an inheritance.

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Investing in renewable energy and environmental companies

As the Government looks to use wind to generate electricity for every UK home by 2030, we look at the options for those wanting to invest in renewable energy or environmental businesses.

As the Government looks to use wind to generate electricity for every UK home by 2030, we look at the options for those wanting to invest in renewable energy.

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Endowment policies explained

An endowment policy is an investment product bought from a life assurance company. You make regular contributions to your endowment policy and then at the end of a set term you will be paid a lump sum.

An endowment policy is an investment product bought from a life assurance company. You make regular contributions to your endowment policy and then at the end o

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A guide to venture capital trusts

A venture capital trust is a UK- listed company (a UK firm that is listed on the London Stock Exchange) that invests in smaller firms that are not quoted on a recognised stock exchange. Find out more about how these work.

A venture capital trust is a UK- listed company (a UK firm that is listed on the London Stock Exchange) that invests in smaller firms that are not quoted on a r

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Cryptocurrencies explained– and what does the future hold?

In 2021 approximately 2.3 million Brits held some form of cryptocurrency, up 400,000 holders when compared to the previous year according to the FCA. So what are cryptocurrencies, and given they are prone to crashes in value, what does the future hold for this form of investment?

What are cryptocurrencies, and given they are prone to crashes in value, what does the future hold for this form of investment?

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Quantitative easing explained - and how to respond to changes

During times of consistent low economic growth, sometimes moving the Bank of England’s (BoE) base rate is not enough to elicit a positive response in the economy. This has led some central banks to adopt an alternative monetary policy called “quantitative easing”.

During times of consistent low economic growth, sometimes moving the Bank of England’s base rate is not enough to elicit a positive response in the economy.

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What is stagflation and how does it affect you?

In 1965, Conservative politician Iain Macleod coined a term which would still be used decades later. Since then, whenever the term stagflation is used it creates a sense of fear among economists. Below we have explained what this is and how it affects you.

Whenever the term stagflation is used it creates a sense of fear among economists. Below we have explained what this is and how it affects you.

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What is an ETF?

It is always important to diversify your portfolio to minimise your exposure to risk. This is why many investors prefer investing in an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). Below we explain what this investment vehicle does and how you can use it to benefit your portfolio.

It is always important to diversify your portfolio to minimise your exposure to risk. This is why many investors prefer investing in an Exchange Traded Fund.

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UK inflation explained - and how to deal with it

Whether you are looking to invest for your future, save for retirement, or find your perfect mortgage you have probably come across a term called inflation. With its widening effect, it is important to understand what inflation is, why it is necessary, and how it affects the economy.

Whether you are looking to invest for your future, save for retirement, or find your perfect mortgage you have probably come across a term called inflation.

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How are my investments taxed?

If you’re looking to secure bigger returns than can be achieved in the cash savings market, investing could be a great way to go. Here’s everything you need to know about how your investments are taxed.

If you are looking to invest your money, here is everything you need to know about how your investments are taxed.

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What are the best ethical funds in 2022?

The Moneyfacts annual star ratings for ethical funds are out now. Find out which ethical funds got the top rating of five stars.

The Moneyfacts annual star ratings for ethical funds are out now. Find out which ethical funds got the top rating of five stars.

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What is pound-cost averaging

How does pound cost averaging work and should you be using this as part of your investment strategy. Find out everything you need to know in our handy guide.

How does pound cost averaging work and should you be using this as part of your investment strategy. Find out everything you need to know in our handy guide.

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