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How to Start Investing

When asking how to start investing for beginners you should include your reason for wanting to start investing.

What has made you think that investing is a possibility?


An investment is a gamble: instead of the security of guaranteed returns, you're taking a risk with your money. The hope is that you make a lot more than you put in but there's the possibility you end up with less.


It may be a good idea but is it something that you have researched.

You may have seen something on social media declaring that you can make a lot of money investing in any number of investment ideas but does that investment have any foundation.


So many people have had their life savings stolen from investment scams, you really do need to research any investment promotions offered to you before giving away a single penny.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

There are so many ways of investing some that may be suitable for you and some that definitely will not be.

You can invest in almost anything.


  • Forex Market
  • Options
  • Stocks and Shares
  • Government bonds
  • UK property market
  • Businesses
  • Vintage cars
  • Wine
  • Fledgeling technology firms
  • Art, including, paintings, sculptures

How are you going to finance your investment?

Do you have a lump sum or a pension you wish to invest?

What is your time scale for wanting to receive profits from your investments?

Checking trade direction

ALWAYS remember the five golden rules of investing:

  1. The greater the return you want, the more risk you'll usually have to accept.
  2. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Try to diversify as much as you can to lower your risk exposure, ie, invest in different companies, industries and regions.
  3. If you're saving over the short term, it's wise not to take too much of a risk. It's recommended you invest for at least five years. If you can't, it's often best to steer clear of investing and leave your money in a savings account.
  4. Review your portfolio. A share might be a dud or you might not be willing to take as many risks as you did before. If you don't review your portfolio regularly, you could end up with a share account which loses money.
  5. Don't panic. Investments can go down as well as up. Don't be tempted to sell or buy shares just because everyone else is.

Your Circumstances

How old are you, have you finished your education or at college, are you just starting your working career.

Have you started a family and looking to invest to protect your family or to support your children through college or buying their own home.

All these questions will need answering before deciding on committing your money and then there is the question of what sort of investment have you in mind.

I personally follow the writings of Robert Kiyosaki the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. Unfortunately, I have only come into contact with his work in the last couple of years when planning on my retirement. He writes that schools do not teach about money and finances but how to prepare for getting a job.

Robert advocates keeping 10% of your earnings to invest for your future. 10% may be a lot to some people. I remember my father informing me when I first went out to work, 1/3 for board and keep, 1/3 for me and 1/3 for savings. It worked whilst I was living at home, but as soon as I moved out when I got married, everything went into the household kitty.

What goes around comes around. I am now semi-retired and with my pension pot decided I wanted to invest. So I was where you are now.

Invest in yourself First

As I said earlier, there are so many ways to invest your money but you need to educate yourself first. You need to invest in yourself first by researching what is available and then sign up to learn all there is to know in the field of investment you are interested in. You can earn while you learn but just be careful you do not lose all your money before you have mastered the basics.

How much should I set aside to put in?

Too many people think you need to have a load of cash to be able to invest in the stock market – you don't, and many smaller investors who ‘drip-feed' in small sums on a regular basis can do much better than those who simply dump a big lump sum into the market.

You should never invest more than you can afford to lose. In the event of a stock market crash, you could face losing a huge chunk of your wealth if you have too much of your money invested. Many financial advisers would suggest you invest for at least five years.


If you have little savings and are heavily indebted, gambling on stock markets could be bad for your financial health. However, If you've built up a nest-egg and are fed up with low savings rates, the stock market could be a decent way to try to earn bigger returns.

Many fund managers allow you to invest a regular small monthly sum which will help build up a larger sum over time, as well as being more manageable for your finances).

My own experience

The areas of investment that I have assessed myself are Forex Trading, Options Trading, Stock Trading, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain and Startup Investments. I am looking into physical gold. I have been into Property investment in the past, buying properties and renovating and selling on but have not looked at doing this again as I would have to buy in trades to complete the work and this cuts into the profits drastically. This is just my personal position at this time.

You can access information about forex trading, options trading, stock trading, gold trading, real estate trading in a previous post of mine at:

Startup crowdfunding is a new phenomenon and until recently it was not allowed for companies to accept investments from regular people.

Only wealthy people were allowed to invest in private companies. Thanks to Republic and recently updated laws, you can now gain access to the new asset class and be an angel investor in startups.

The law requires that before you invest, you first understand the risks and the rules of investing in startups.

If you would like to know more about startup crowdfunding you can find out more here

I am a member and have invested in several new startups myself

If you are interested in any of the information about please leave a comment or question below and I will help in any way I can.

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Trading and Investing

Mission statement

‘To bring educational resources and personal experience to traders and Investors alike.  To save you time and improve your financial performance'

This introduction to financial trading and investing is aimed at the person first looking for information on this subject.

This initial post ‘financial trading and investing' will be very broad and basic and will then dig down in future posts to discuss in greater depth.

You may be someone who has an interest or a passion who is looking to take this idea online that could potentially lead to a profitable income to enable you to leave the 9-5 grind of your working week.

Learning to trade is not something you are going to want to rush into but to find an area of trading that suits your personality and wallet because you will want to undertake a serious study of one of the many styles of trading.

I will discuss the trading styles that I myself have undertaken in the order that I have undertaken them.

Forex Trading

I came upon forex trading when looking online for making money back in 2015. I was planning to retire in 2018 and had already looked at affiliate marketing but started getting emails and adverts showing me forex trading:

Forex trading

Forex trading is the buying and selling of currencies, for example, the British pound and the United States dollar GBP/USD. There are 8 major currencies traded and 24 minor currencies and then there are the exotic pairs.

Then there are different time frames to trade, short time for scalping, intermediate and long term. The next post will concentrate on Forex Trading.

Stock Trading

This is Financial trading and investing in shares of stocks. This means buying and selling of stocks Normally a minimum of 100 shares. Again this can be short term intraday or long term several days, weeks, months or even years.

Some stocks pay dividends, another way of profiting from your stocks. Stocks can either be bought from a broker over the phone or online via a stock trading platform. We will look into this form of trading in more detail in later posts.

Option Trading

Is the right but not the obligation to buy or sell shares of a stock not belonging to you but being able to profit from the move of the stock. They are bought as contracts of a minimum of 100 shares.

Options can also be traded short term, intra-day, daily, weekly or monthly, however, options will be affected by time delay and can sometimes expire worthless but again I will go into greater depth in future posts.

Futures Trading

I have not ventured into Futures trading at this time however I can give a brief outline of what they involve and again go into greater depth later.

In financial trading and investing, a futures contract is a standardised forward contract, a legal agreement to buy or sell something at a predetermined price at a specified time in the future, between parties not known to each other. The asset transacted is usually a commodity or financial instrument.Wikipedia


The aim of investing is to build wealth. This can be as simple as saving money in a bank or building society to earn interest.

Sadly the rate of interest paid from a bank or building society nowadays is negligible. Investing can include the buying and selling of real estate or property.

If you bought a property and improved it by renovation and then sold the property or rented out the property the difference minus tax is the profit. It would be seen as an asset, either in the rental from the property or the cash made, over and above the money laid out for the purchase of the property and the renovation costs.


However, if you bought a property to live in then this could be seen as liability initially as there would be ongoing cost in maintaining the property and possibly a loss in market value.

When the property is finally sold or valued in later years if the property has gained value in the market place then it will have proved to be an asset.

Investing for Retirement

You may feel you have been investing in your retirement by taking out a pension or be in a workplace pension. On retirement, you will possibly receive a lump sum plus a pension paid monthly in some circumstances or you may have a lump sum that you now need to invest in an annuity to receive the monthly income from that pension.


Other than my own experience in retiring from the national health service and receiving the lump sum and a monthly pension I do not know enough about annuities to comment here.

We talked earlier about stocks and options, stock and option investing can be rewarding but also carries risk.

Investors buy shares of stocks or options in a company. If this particular company pays dividends, then they will be rewarded regardless as long as you keep your stocks in their company.

Another way of being involved in a company is by being an angel investor.


This is where you are involved at the start of the company and invest an amount of money while the company is developing and before they get involved in the stock exchanges or may remain a private company.

Your money will grow as the company grows. It should be realised that more companies than not fail to reach this point, for every 10 companies starting out 70% approximately will fail. Of the other 30%, very good profits can be made but this is not a short term investment and could take at least 5-10 years.

Gold Trading

Investing in Gold and precious metals is another way of investing. Gold prices go up and down as with most investments but overall they can be a good stable investment.


Buying physical Gold can be bought as bullion or coins depending on your means. Gold coins for the smaller investor are more convenient, gold bullion for the more affluent and experienced investor. We will look at this in later posts as to the buying and storage of the gold.

Investing in ourselves

The greatest investment we can make is in ourselves. Financial education, knowledge and experience gained from this are one of the most important investments we can make.

It is not only about making money but also about keeping your money. Being aware of the tax liabilities and also legal tax deductions.


Finding the right accountant for this speciality can save you and your financial investments. It can be the difference in success or failure.

There is also an investment in our health and mental well-being to be able to enjoy the profits from our financial trading and investing.

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