Why is Property Investment so Popular?

If you’ve ever discussed financial investments with friends of colleagues, I am willing to bet that the topic of how to invest in property entered that conversation. In our article how to build a basic investment portfolio, my illustrative portfolios never contain more than 20% property. Even for adventurous investors. I state that this is because buying shares promises a …

Psychology of Investing: 5. Investing on Autopilot

About the psychology of investing series I’m writing this exciting series of articles to add a new twist on the fundamentals of investing, which you may have read about in my core ‘How-To’ guides: How to invest in land How to invest in commodities How to invest in stocks & shares How to invest in property These guides sit at …

How Much of Your Investment Portfolio Should be in Property?

Are you wondering what proportion of your investment portfolio should be invested in brick and mortar assets such as residential and commercial property? If you’re interested in property asset allocation – this article is a great place to start. Buyers often find themselves in a quandary regarding property allocation; in part due to the high prices of properties in the …

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 …

How Much of Your Savings Should you Spend on your First Home?

Are you wondering what proportion of your savings should you offer as a house deposit as a first-time buyer? Buyers often find themselves in this quandary, in part due to the high prices of properties in the UK. Because the average price of a home in Britain is now £230,000 (2019), the deposit required to buy an ‘average home’ has …

Is Property A Safe Investment?

How much truth sits behind the common maxim as safe as houses? In investor-speak, a bricks and mortar investment is an opportunity to buy something tangible and real. It signals security and lower risk. But how closely does this reflect reality? Master the basics of property investment This is a companion article to our ‘How to invest in property‘ ultimate …

Psychology of Investing: 1. Dealing with Loss

About the psychology of investing series This article is part of a companion series to our ultimate investing guides which cover the basics of investing in a variety of asset classes: How to invest in stocks & shares How to invest in property How to invest in land How to invest in commodities Those guides explain how to access those …

The Gold Fish Dilemma – Why It’s Impossible to Spot a Successful Fund Manager

In my article Passive funds versus active funds, I explain that the majority of active funds underperform the market. This news might feel very counterintuitive. I was certainly shocked when I first discovered this uncomfortable truth. Perhaps it feels so absurd because the active fund management industry is geared up to provide superior returns: Fund managers pay well and are …

Investing in Peer to Peer Lending Platforms

Peer to Peer lending (P2P), is a new form of investment which appeared one decade ago. The return on investment falls somewhere in between bank interest account and the returns from investing in shares on the stock market. Unlike bank accounts, the FSCS £85,000 compensation scheme does not generally cover peer to peer lending investments. Some investors see peer to …