Psychology of Investing: 4. Keeping your Hobby in its Box

About the psychology of investing series This post is designed to be a companion to our main ‘How-to’ investment guides. If you haven’t read them already, I recommend you check them out now: How to invest in land How to invest in commodities How to invest in stocks & shares How to invest in property These are the core of …

Psychology of Investing: 3. The Dangers of Exuberance

About the psychology of investing series This blog post forms part of our investing psychology series designed to be read alongside our comprehensive investing ‘How-to’ articles that come with our free investing courses: How to invest in stocks & shares How to invest in property How to invest in land How to invest in commodities While these articles take you …

Psychology of Investing: 2. The Income Mindset

About the psychology of investing series This blog post forms part of a supplementary guide designed to be read alongside our comprehensive investing guides which explain from start to finish how to invest in various assets: How to invest in stocks & shares How to invest in property How to invest in land How to invest in commodities While these …

Do All Companies Pay Dividends?

This is a companion article to how to invest in shares which forms part of the free investing courses available on Financial Expert. If you follow dividend growth investing, or seek dividend income from the basic investment portfolio you’ve built, understanding which companies pay dividends will be crucial information you need. Do all equities produce dividend income? The simple answer …

When do Companies Pay Dividends?

Dividends are how companies distribute their profits to shareholders. For investors who desire an income from their investments (such as dividend growth investors), this is the most important part of stock-market returns. You might have many questions about the timing of dividends. When are dividends paid? Do all companies pay at the same time? How often do companies pay dividends? …

Is Your Share Portfolio Out of Date?

Legendary investors such as Warren Buffet follow the same principle as responsible dog owners; buying shares is for life. This mindset encourages us to think of buying shares as the start of a long journey. This is in contrast to those who treat the stock market like a game based on chance and timing. My view is that there’s no …

How to ‘re-balance’ your investment portfolio of shares

If you’ve researched about how to buy shares online, you may have come across the concept of ‘re-balancing’. This isn’t a new Yoga pose, nor is it as difficult as walking a tightrope! Re-balancing is actually a simple way to manage your risk after you’ve built a basic investment portfolio. Investing is rarely ‘Click and Forget’ Unless you have invested …

When Should Investors Buy Shares?

Many savers understand that shares are a good investment, but still hesitate before making their first purchase. The stock market can move upwards and downwards at a frightening pace – they’re certainly risky investments over the short term. When watching from the sideline, with a pile of cash at the ready, investors ponder: ‘Is now the right time to invest?’ …

Why are Shares a Good Investment?

In my ultimate guide to investing in shares & the stock market and our explainer ‘what are shares?’, I briefly address why shares are good investments. High expected returns Tax efficiency Liquidity Narrow pricing spreads Regulation Hands-free pricing Loyalty & novelty In this article, I will explore these reasons in detail to help explain why equities are the preferred investment …

What is an Exchange Traded Fund?

Exchange-Traded Funds (or ‘ETFs’ for short), are a popular method for investing in a wide range of asset classes. In the US alone, $4 trillion of assets are now held in ETFs. But what is an ETF and what are the benefits of using an ETF compared to another type of fund? Definition of an ETF An Exchange Traded Fund …