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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.

  • Five Minute Pitch TV: The latest from Zoo Digital

    In the first instalment Dr Stuart Green Chief Executive Officer at Zoo Digital explains what Zoo Digital is and where he wants to take their business in the future.

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  • The drop in inflation is no reason to stick with cash

    If you are a saver concerned about the value of your money, the chances are you will have noticed the recent dip in inflation.

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  • Newsround: FTSE moves higher as Trump’s UK visit begins

    The FTSE 100 closed up 0.78% at 7,651.33 on Thursday as US President Donald Trump began his four-day visit to the UK.

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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.

  • 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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  • The case for investing your cash

    A run of disappointing economic data from the UK is undermining the chances of the Bank of England hiking interest rates in the near feature.

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  • What are the best performing funds over five years?

    A performance horizon of five years is generally accepted as a good barometer for a fund’s overall success. A one-year time scale isn’t long enough to judge whether a fund looks like a good long term bet for your money.

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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.

  • 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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  • The three stages of retirement

    Planning for retirement can be daunting, whatever age you are, and it’s not just working out what you’re going to do with all of that newfound free time that’s an issue.

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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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