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Guide to Investing

mortgages Investing is not for the faint hearted. There is the real risk of losing everything that you invest, and therefore you should only invest what you can afford to lose if the worst comes to worst. Faced with that sobering knowledge, it also needs to be balanced by saying the potential upside of many investments also has great potential.

Working out what to invest in, how much to invest, the types of products to invest in, and how long to invest for are huge questions, and will be influenced by a number of factors - many unique to you and your financial position, outlook, and reasons why you want to invest in the first place.

There are also a huge number of financial products out there, and the private individual, particularly via the internet, now has access to more and more products often not available to them, for instance products like corporate bonds are gradually becoming available to private investors.

With so much choice out there and so much terminology, it can be confusing to work out the wood from the trees. So this is a series of articles in simple English that explain a little bit more about investing, the various types of investment products, and what some of those products and the jargon surrounding them really means.

Choosing your investment portfolio type
Closed ended funds and investment trusts
Coupon: an important word in bonds terminology
Different types of commodities to invest in
Different types of fund explained
Dividend yield and the worth of an investment
Exchange Traded Funds explained
Financial Advisers Explained
Foreign currency and commodity investments
Funds and investing in funds
How efficient is the stock market
How is the quality of a bond measured?
How to buy into a fund
How to find high yielding shares
How to keep on top of your investment portfolio
How to value a potential investment
How to work out what financial return you require
Important statements for an investor to look out for
Index Tracking Funds Explained
Interest rates, junk bonds and bond prices
Investing and tax benefits
Investing in a small company with a low share price
Investing in commodities
Investing in Funds
Investing in stocks: reinvest your dividends
Methods of investing: bonds
Methods of investing: owning shares
Questions to ask before investing
Reading the directors' deals in their companies shares
Sample types of investment portfolio
Short term and long term growth
Stock Market Sectors
Stocks, shares, and keeping track of your portfolio
The basics of bonds explained
The distinction between a bondholder and a shareholder
The London Stock Exchange Explained
The rules of stockmarket investing
The stop loss and being disciplined with your portfolio
The trend is your friend: or is it
Types of fund: income funds and growth funds
What are penny shares
What does maturity mean in relation to bonds?
What is a close period
What is an institutional placing
What is quantitative analysis
Which funds should you avoid?
Why you might choose to invest in funds
Working out which funds to invest in
Yield: key bond terms
Your stock market portfolio and diversification