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Selftrade Insights

Whether you’re an experienced investor or looking for a little inspiration our insights provide you with useful knowledge and ideas to help you on your way

Macro Economics

Learn more about how economic events both here in the UK and across the globe can affect your finances.

  • Newsround: FTSE 100 rises as S&P 500 hits new record

    The FTSE 100 took its cue from a strong US open on Thursday to close the day up 0.5% at 7,367.32. The S&P 500 had earlier reached a fresh all-time high amid a feeling the latest US-China trade spat will not be as damaging as feared.

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  • Newsround: Sterling strength sinks the FTSE 100

    On Thursday (13 September) US inflation missed forecasts and the Bank of England increased its UK growth forecast for the third quarter, pushing sterling higher against the dollar. This weighed on the FTSE 100, down 0.5% to well below the 7,300 mark, as the majority of the earnings from the index come from overseas.

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  • Newsround: Global trade risks see FTSE sink to five-month low

    The FTSE 100 hit its lowest level since April amid ongoing tensions over global trade and strength in sterling on Thursday. By the close the index was down 0.9% at 7,318.96.

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Investing Strategies

Learn more about the world of investing and what’s happening in it with helpful knowledge, ideas, tips and articles from industry experts.

  • Five places to invest your money

    Cash tucked away in a deposit account will offer very limited interest on your hard-earned savings. To generate a return ahead of rising prices it is worth considering putting your money to work in the financial markets instead.

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  • Trading fast and thinking slow: Thinking outside the herd to give you the edge

    The first step to becoming a behavioural trader is to acknowledge we’re not consistent in our decisions. Our mass of neurones are as volatile as the markets, and there are countless biases we’ve adopted over millions of years of evolution which kick-in when they’re not wanted.

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  • Lower risk investing

    Investing your money always involves an element of risk but investors have a wide variety of both higher risk and lower risk investments to choose from.

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Retirement

Investing for your retirement is no longer an alternative to saving, it’s essential. Our retirement articles aim to get you on the path towards a happy retirement, whatever your age.

  • Expectations vs. Reality: The increasing gap affecting retirement

    Investing for a comfortable retirement is an ongoing process not a one-off exercise. You will need to check you are on course to achieve the required level of income when you give up work as interest rates and returns from different assets may change over time.

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  • Why you need to be sensible when investing for retirement

    Investing for a comfortable retirement is an ongoing process not a one-off exercise. You will need to check you are on course to achieve the required level of income when you give up work as interest rates and returns from different assets may change over time.

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  • Pension Vs ISA - How does the tax work?

    If you are planning your own retirement savings on top of any workplace scheme you might have, then trying to choose between the many different options could leave you confused and frazzled.

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First Time Investors

Everything you need to know about what’s happening in the world of money, investing and finance to help you get on the path to a secure financial future.

  • How to be a successful DIY investor

    Becoming a DIY investor means making your investment decisions without having to pay for financial advice. This might seem a daunting prospect, but this article will help you by equipping you with the basics of portfolio construction, management and strategy.

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  • The cash conundrum: dealing with the cruelest tax

    Anyone with even a passing knowledge of the economic landscape of the last decade won’t need reminding that the value of investments can go down as well as up.

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  • How to choose and open a Stocks and Shares ISA

    An Individual Savings Account (ISA) is a flexible and tax-efficient vehicle. There are a number of ISA options available to investors.

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