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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 stalls on lower European growth forecasts

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  • Newsround: Stocks tank on trade tensions

    The arrest of an executive at Chinese technology firm Huawei has reignited trade tensions and sent stocks careering lower on Thursday (6 December).

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  • Newsround: FTSE lifted by weak pound and strong oil

    A recovery in oil prices, which boosted index heavyweights BP (BP.) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB), and continuing Brexit-related weakness in sterling lifted the FTSE 100 34 points higher by the close to 7,038.95.

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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

    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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  • 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.

  • 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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