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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 builds on a strong start to 2019

    A strong finish on Thursday (10 January), with the index closing up 0.5% at 6,942.87, helped the FTSE 100 extend its gains so far in 2019. Year-to-date the index is up 3.2% amid hopes of resolution to US and China trade tensions and slower rate increases by the US Federal Reserve.

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  • Newsround: Apple takes a bite out of global markets

    An overnight profit warning from Apple hit markets across the world on Thursday (3 January) as the consumer electronics giant blamed a weak contribution from China for the worse than expected performance. The FTSE 100 was down 0.6% by the close at 6,692.66, although it fared a bit better than some other global indicies.

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  • Newsround: Hawkish Fed hits FTSE

    By the close on Thursday (20 December) the FTSE 100 was still struggling to shake off the impact of the hawkish tone adopted by US Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell as he delivered the latest increase in US interest rates. The index of leading UK shares was down at 0.8% at 6,711,93.

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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.

  • Building a Stocks and Shares ISA in times of uncertainty

    Stock markets have started the year on a gloomy note. Worries over the outlook for China, for post-Brexit Britain and for the fortunes of the US economy have seen share prices suffer.

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  • 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

    In US history, James Marshall is a name forever linked to the story of the Californian Gold Rush. Deciding to move from his hometown of New Jersey, in 1844 Marshall rode the wagon train west to California with the ambition to make his fortune. After being embroiled in the failed revolt to seize California as an independent republic, he retreated to part-owning a sawmill along the American River.

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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.

  • How to make your retired years golden - investing in 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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  • 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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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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