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We have over 40 articles on a broad range of investment topics to help you get to grips with the nuts and bolts of investing.
Blindfold Bill shoots straight at regular intervals. You see, Bill knows about the benefits of investing every month, without aiming to buy low or sell high. Can you beat him?
It gets messy if Humpty hits the ground before opening his umbrella. Then again, he doesn’t get points for playing it too safe. Finding the right level of risk is what it’s all about.
Travel back in time and see how inflation makes money do strange things when you leave it in a safe. And what happens if you bought something with the cash instead?
Which of these well-known poultry-themed sayings best describes the rule of diversification?
- Don't count your chickens before they hatch
- Don't put all your eggs into one basket
- Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
- The cockerel does the crowing, but the hen lays the eggs
One effective way of increasing your overall investment over time is to allow your returns (the profit you make) to earn their own returns by reinvesting them, rather than withdrawing them from the investment. In practice this is called?
ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) come in two types, Cash or Stocks & Shares. You can put a limited amount of money into one type or both each year, and each has its own benefits and level of risk. But what is this year’s ISA allowance?
- Up to £20,000 split 50/50 between a Cash and a Stocks & Shares ISA
- Up to £20,000 with the whole allowance eligible to be saved in a Cash ISA or a Stocks & Shares ISA
- Up to £20,000 with a maximum of 50% eligible to be saved in a Cash ISA
- Up to £20,000 with £5,000 in a Stocks & Shares ISA and the remainder in a Cash ISA
Which of the following breakfast staples is not traded as a commodity?
- Freshly squeezed orange juice
Opening a Stocks & Shares ISA is a great way to start investing. But which of the following is NOT a benefit of investing through an ISA?
- You can invest an unlimited amount of money
- Any profit you make is tax-free
- You can access your money any time
- You can transfer your investment between ISA providers
There are many different classes of asset (such as commodities, fixed interest, alternatives, etc.) traded on various exchanges across the world. But which of the following assets is known as an equity?
- An original Picasso
Stock markets can be volatile places at the best of times. But what name is given to a market when it moves from a state of high investor confidence to one of pessimism?
- Bull market
- Bird market
- Bear market
- Boar market
We all like to know that someone is looking out for us. In the UK, which organisation regulates the financial industry and helps to keep investors and savers protected against fraud and bad financial practices?
- Financial Services Authority
- Financial Conduct Authority
- Financial Safety Association
- Financial Confidence Association
Active funds can be measured against a standard so investors can see how well they are performing. This is called a…?
- Datum Line
Knowing about risk is an important part of investing and different asset classes have different levels of risk. Broadly speaking which of the following asset types has the lowest level of risk?
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