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So, you would like to start investing or trading, but you've no idea where to begin?

Well, great news. You are in the right place. We’ll aim to give you the confidence to take your investments into your own hands, saving you hundreds of pounds in the process. The best news? You’re already here, and motivated to start. So let’s get to it.

We've got 4 simple steps for you to follow

Read on and we’ll take you through each step

#1. Discover the markets

The financial markets can differ widely in terms of risk and volatility. Read on to find out how they tick and what will work best alongside your investment objectives

#2. Find your product

Your choice of financial product will depend partly on where you live, your level of experience and the amount you wish to risk. Read on to find out what is available.

#3. Choose your broker

Choosing a broker to suit your needs is crucial to your financial success. Read on to find out how to access in-depth reviews and opinion on a range of high quality, regulated brokers

#4. Take a trading course

Our free online trading courses will help improve your knowledge about areas such as commodities, futures, and trading psychology.

"You have to be the owner of capital, you have to ensure the money works for you and nobody else."Crispin Odey

Discover the markets

The financial markets fall into five areas, Stocks and Shares, Indices, CurrenciesCommodities and Property. Whether you decide on a long term diversified investing plan in an ISA or SIPP or a short term trading strategy, the underlying markets you have access to will remain the same.

Some markets, like Indices and Stocks and Shares lend themselves to longer term strategies where growth and dividends may offer substantial returns over a period of 5 years or more while other markets like Commodities and Currencies offer greater volatility and opportunities for intra-day or weekly trading.

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"Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing." Warren Buffett

Find your product

UK investors have a choice of products to gain access to their chosen markets. The product(s) you choose will depend on the markets you are interested in and your attitude to risk.

As a first port of call, many investors choose an Stocks and Shares ISA or SIPP through a Stockbroker where they can choose from a range of Stocks and Shares, Exchange Traded Funds and Managed Funds.

For those interested in short term strategies, a Spread Betting, Contracts for Difference or Forex account will provide access to many of the same markets but with stakes magnified to enable larger profits (or losses) to be generated  over a short period of time.

Find out which products are best suited to you

Read our guides to:

  • Stocks & Shares
  • Investment ISAs
  • Exchange Traded Funds
  • Futures & Options
  • Spread betting
  • Forex
  • Contracts for Difference
  • Managed Funds
"I'm only rich because I know when I'm wrong." George Soros

Choose your broker

Choosing the right broker is an essential part of any successful investment strategy. Having the right tools available to research and analyse your decisions is an important component.

Your broker will need to provide access to the markets you wish to trade. Fees should be competitive and not erode any profits unnecessarily. If you would like access to your investments on the move, is there an iOS or Android app for you to download?

Most importantly, your broker should be authorised and regulated by an internationally renowned regulatory body. This will ensure that your money is secure and your broker is maintaining high standards in its operations.

Choose your broker

Once you have worked out which markets you would like to access and the products you wish to use, take a look at our broker comparison tables which feature a great range of FCA regulated providers

"Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production." Adam Smith

Take a trading course

With our free online trading courses learn the markets, products and techniques to help you define and reach your trading goals.

These accredited courses can fulfil CFA and GARP continuing education requirements. Every course can be self-reported in your CFA online CE tracker and select classes can be used for GARP credits.

Take a trading course

Taken a free online trading course today to learn the markets, products and techniques to help you define and reach your trading goals.

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