The Different Types of Stockbroker

Thanks to the evolution of the British stockbroker market, alongside improvements in technology and changes in investor appetite, the current selection of stockbrokers to choose from in the UK is …

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 …

Commodities Trading

This article about commodities trading is applicable worldwide unless stated otherwise. Investing in commodities is a risky and speculative activity, which may cause you to lose more capital than you originally invested …

Do Banks have Financial Advisers?

This article is part of my Q&A series on financial advice. Today’s question is ‘Do banks have financial advisers?’ With each year that passes, we seem to visit the bank …

How Much Does Financial Advice Cost?

This article is part of my Q&A series on financial advice. Today’s question is ‘How much does financial advice cost?’ Cost is perhaps the number one consideration when people are …

Becoming the Bank for Mum and Dad

The natural order of things suggests that your parents look after you, financially as well as physically, before they set you on the road to independence. Parents teach you the …

What is the FTSE 100?

FTSE 100 is a registered trademark, owned by FTSE Russell, which is in turn owned by the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The name refers to an index of the share …

Who is the Best Financial Guru?

This article will help you discover who is the best financial guru. I’ll begin by explaining what a financial guru is. Next, I’ll highlight five excellent sources of financial wisdom …

What is a Financial Expert -Definition

This article answers the question: What is a Financial Expert? As this site is actually named Financial Expert, it makes sense to publish this definition here. Definition of a Financial …

How to Become a Good Saver

My personal views on saving are made very clear on Financial Expert. In my article ‘How to Retire at 50‘, I explain that our ability to save will dramatically affect …

Save for Your Future

Due to the current economic climate, many people are struggling to save a portion of their salary, which may lead them into problems later in life. Prudential recently carried out …

Investing – ISAs explained

ISA stands for “individual savings account”. These are special accounts that have a limit on how much money you can deposit into them each year but also come with tax …

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 …

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 …

What Type of Saver Are You?

When it comes to putting money away everyone is different, from the amount saved each year or month to the reasons behind saving at all. So, which type of saver …

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 …

How to Become a Financial Adviser (UK)

Becoming a financial adviser is a very rewarding experience. A financial planning career can provide you with a rich and varied experience that you would expect from a highly professionalised …

How to Retire at 50 (Or Sooner)

Is it possible to retire at 50 without bringing in a lucrative salary, or pinning hopes on the lottery? It is possible, and it’s backed by the simple personal finance …

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 …

What is a Hedge Fund?

Hedge funds are pooled investments, where a number of investors entrust their money to a fund manager, who invests in various traded securities. Hedge fund managers will use active fund …

What is a Sophisticated Investor?

If you have recently chosen a stockbroker or signed up for peer to peer lending platforms, you may have been asked to certify whether you are a ‘Sophisticated Investor.’ This …

Easter Giveaway Competition!

It goes without saying that March 2020 has certainly thrown us a curveball. The pandemic is causing many of us to alter our lifestyle in a way we hadn’t even …

Investment Definitions & Glossary

The free investing courses available on Financial Expert are aimed at beginner and amateur investors. What makes our investment training programs unique is our approach to the learning process. We …

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 …

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 …