A Comprehensive Beginners Guide to Investing

I offer three free investing courses on Financial Expert, which will take you through a variety of investing topics in careful order to introduce you to investing principles in a careful and efficient way. However, perhaps you’ve already mastered the basics, or maybe you’re interested in just a single topic? To help you, I’ve pulled together the key content around …

The 5 Best Free Investing Courses

The web is packed with interesting investing content. This ranges from topic blogs, online definitions and full-blown course. This article will explore some of best free online investing courses available today. The criteria for best free investing courses To appear in this list and get the chance to be selected as one of the best free online investing courses: Content …

Investment Definitions & Glossary

The free investing courses available on Financial Expert are aimed at beginner and amateur investors. A key part of the learning process is mastering the many technical terms found in fund fact sheets, financial journalism and regulatory guidance. I’ve brought together all the definition articles which explain these building blocks with zero assumed knowledge. Investing in companies My ultimate guide …

Definition of a Real Estate Investment Trust

In my ultimate guide on how to invest in property, I list REITs as one of the popular methods. But what does REIT mean? What does REIT stand for, and what are the characteristics that define a REIT? Definition of a Real Estate Investment Trust REIT stands for Real Estate Investment Trust. As the name suggests, they are a type …

Definition of a Unit Trust

Unit trust is a term you may see on the fact sheets of funds or collective investment vehicles. But what does unit trust mean? And what are the characteristics of a unit trust? What is the definition of a unit trust? Unit trusts are a popular type of collective investment scheme, and are commonly referred to as ‘funds’. The name …

Definition of Investment Trusts

Investment Trust or ‘Investment Trust Company’ is a term you may see when researching investment opportunities or collective investment vehicles. But what does Investment Trust mean? And what are the characteristics of an Investment Trust? The definition of an investment trust An investment trust is a collective investment which pools the money of many investors, spreading it across a diversified …

Definition of OEIC (Open Ended Investment Company)

OEIC is a term you may see on the fact sheets of funds or collective investment vehicles. But what does OEIC mean? And what are the characteristics of an OEIC? What is the definition of an OEIC? OEIC stands for Open Ended Investment Company. OEICs are a popular type of collective investment scheme, and are commonly referred to as ‘funds’. …

Definition of Junk Bond (Investor Perspective)

At first glance, the label ‘junk bond’ appears to look like a warning. “Stay away! This bond is a load of junk!” You might be surprised to hear that junk bonds are actually becoming very popular investments. But, like other risky investments like shares, they’re not suitable for everyone. Definition of a junk bond A junk bond is a type …

Definition of Corporate Bond (Investor Perspective)

Corporate bonds are a classic element of most simple investment portfolios. They tend to provide a superior return to savings accounts and government bonds, whilst containing less risk than investing in shares. Definition of corporate bond A corporate bond is a loan between a group of investors (the bondholders) and a company (the bond issuer). A corporate bond is an …

What is a Bond Coupon Rate?

When researching bonds, you will notice that each bond will state its coupon rate. Beware the coupon rate Below, I’ll explain exactly what a coupon rate is. But I’ll also explain what it is not. A trap that many new bond investors can fall into is confusing coupon rates with a rate of return. With some investments, such as a …