First-time investor

What is pound cost averaging?

Tuesday, 28 July 2009 | Article

"For several years I have read in Moneywise (and other sections of the press) of the benefits of saving regularly into investment trust savings schemes.

Is it time to invest in smaller companies?

Monday, 27 July 2009 | Article

Smaller companies, also called small caps, are like the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead: when they’re good, they’re very, very good, but when they’re bad, they’re horrid.

Investment tips from the opposite sex


Monday, 20 April 2009 | Article

We all know that men and women think differently, like different things and even react differently to the same event, so it’s not a big surprise to find that they take a different approach when it comes to investing.

Find the perfect investment balance

Monday, 16 March 2009 | Article

Several factors will determine the shape of your portfolio. The first of these is your investment objective. This takes into account whether you’re investing for income or for growth.

Quiz: What's your attitude to risk?

Tuesday, 10 March 2009 | Article
Your attitude to risk is a very personal and emotional thing.

Beware fake FSA logos

Friday, 23 January 2009 | Article

The UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) puts out lots of boring announcements and, on the face of it, the recent press release headed, “The FSA announces changes to the use of its logo and Statutory Status Disclosure...

Children's gifts with a future

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 | Article

Buying presents for children can be a thankless task. You can spend hours traipsing up and down the high street in search of the perfect gift, only to find they bore of it within days.

Make financial advice work for you

Friday, 21 November 2008 | Article

When it comes to seeking advice, there are four types of adviser you can see. They vary according to the products they can recommend and the way they are paid for advising you.

1. Independent

What impact does commission have on my investments?

Monday, 17 November 2008 | Article

“I have been with my financial adviser for 12 years, and many of my investments have been made on a commission basis.

What rules your investments: head or heart?

Monday, 13 October 2008 | Article

Most people like to think that they are rational and intelligent creatures. But, when it comes to investing, far too many of us are guilty of letting our hearts, not our heads, rule our decisions.