The Route to a Career in Economics

What is the Role of An Economist? The role of an economist is to apply economic knowledge and economic theory in order to give advice and generate reports. Economists research data and collect information in order to analyse current events and predict future trends. They use specialised software and methods to come up with their findings which they then use …

What’s the Difference Between Level 1 and Level 2 Market Data?

This is a definition of Level 1 and Level 2 market data for our guide on how to research company share prices and company information, which is part of our free investing course series. The quality of the financial data you can get hold of will impact the quality of your decision making. For day traders who buy shares on …

Where to Invest in Property

The question of where to invest is perhaps most relevant to property investors. As the famous saying goes: choosing a great property is about three factors: Location, Location, Location! But where should one invest? In the UK, property prices achieved a peaks in 2008, shortly followed by a small dip during the great recession. Prices then recovery and eventually exceeded 2008 levels at …

The Different Forms of Financial Protection

Financial protection is achieved through careful planning, a sensible balance between a basic investment portfolio, and insurance. There is nothing more despairing than the story of a retired individual who believed that they are covered in all circumstances, only to realise at the last possible moment that their policies weren’t as comprehensive or substantial as they needed them to be when an …

A Quick Guide to Absolute Return Funds

If you’ve been researching actively managed funds recently, you may have come across a relatively new breed called absolute return funds. What is an absolute return fund, and could they benefit an investment portfolio? Let’s find out. The absolute return strategy The phrase ‘absolute return’ refers to a group of investment strategies used by the fund manager when managing assets. …

What is a Rentier? And why you’ll love being one

You wake in the morning and take the time to cook yourself a proper breakfast. You turn on your laptop and have a glance at the financial markets. Stocks and shares have been taking a beating recently, but on average over the past 3 years, despite not holding a job, you’ve been waking up £100 richer than when you went …

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. If you look at the bestselling investing books on bookshop shelves, I would wager than over half deal with property investment. In our article how to build a basic investment portfolio, my illustrative …

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 …