Becoming a safer investor isn’t rocket science. It also won’t require years of market experience and countless online courses. I’ve rounded up some helpful pointers that will not only make you a safer investor but are what I use on a daily basis when interacting with the markets.
That’s quite the blog title, but hear me out before you close the tab thinking “This guy is just hurt because he missed out on the massive growth.” I love the Tesla Model S as a vehicle. I think it looks incredible, has amazing features and technology, and is consistently updated to keep it fresh. It’s what I want from a vehicle, but I just cannot get behind the company just yet.
ETF stands for an exchange-traded fund, which essentially offers a way to invest in a wide range of shares or bonds using a single ticker and listing. An ETF usually tracks a single market, for instance, the FTSE 100 or NASDAQ. But why should you consider investing in one and do you earn dividends?
A stock split is a process whereby a company essentially multiplies the total number of shares. The main reason for doing so is to increase liquidity and attract new investors by lowering the share price without affecting other important stock-related metrics. Common stock split ratios include 2-for-1, 3-for-1, and 4-for-1.
The S&P 500 index, which essentially tracks the top 500 companies based in the U.S., is set to hit all-time highs. Wait, what? How is it possible for the stock market to hit all-time highs during a pandemic where hundreds of thousands of people have sadly lost their lives? The markets are strange mystical beasts.
Reading books is still the best way (in my opinion, of course) of absorbing information. While I encourage you to browse my blog, it’s always best to read pages written by the experts. I’ve rounded up some of the best books I’ve read on investing to help get you introduced to the markets and set up with your own portfolio.
It’s no secret that stock prices fall as much as they rise, but if you didn’t know that already … I don’t really know what to tell you. The markets have endured numerous recessions and there are still fears abound that we’re destined for another shortly, but what does one do during a recession? Should I sell all my shares and try to time it just right? Nope. In the wise British words: Keep calm and carry on.
You don’t need much money to start investing and turn a profit. Companies have skyrocketed in value since the early 2000s. If you invested just £100 in Amazon in 2005 (when it was just $35 per share) and sold it today, you would have more than £5,000. What’s even more mind-blowing is if you invested £100 per month and then sold your shares today. Crazy, right? The best part is you can easily start to invest with just £100.
Looking to invest in the stock markets and don’t know where to start? No longer do you need a computer to trade shares in companies. All that’s required is your smartphone and an app. I’ve rounded up some of the best brokerage apps on the UK app market.