Are Commodities a Safe Investment?

Investing in shares requires confidence. I mean, what are shares if not a test of your faith in the economy? In contrast, commodities are real, tangible objects. They’re solid assets that you can touch with your bare hands. But does that make commodities a safe investment? This short article expands upon my guide on how to invest in commodities by …

The Ultimate Guide to Dividend Growth Investing

Introduction The ‘Dividend Growth Investing‘ strategy (DGI) has taken root as a favourite strategy across money blogs, particularly websites which are dedicated to saving for retirement. In August 2019 Vanguard reopened its Dividend Growth Fund (Ticker: VDIGX) to new investors, showing a willingness to cash in on its resurgence. Depending on where you look online, you will find many viewpoints …

Is Now a Good Time to Invest in the Stock Market?

“Is now a good time to invest in the stock market?” as well as “Should I save or invest?” are probably the most common question I am asked by readers, friends and family. In this article, I will tackle this subject and provide a few market timing tips. I hope to convince you that this question is the wrong one …

How to Research Share Prices and Company Information

Two hundred years ago, shares were traded between an elite group of wealthy individuals through social groups which often met in coffee houses. How to research share prices back then was to order an espresso and ask the right individual! Now, a small investor only needs a good internet connection to gain access to almost unlimited amounts of information, analysis, …

Passive Funds versus Active Funds

An argument which has long raged in the halls of asset managers is the debate between investing styles. In particular; passive versus active investing. Financial Expert encourages one of these styles – we will use this article to explain which style we prefer, and why it has won our support. An active investor uses discretion to select individual investments that …

Investing Risk Appetite Questionnaire

Take our investing risk appetite questionnaire to discover how your attitude towards risk should influence your investing approach. Imagine for a moment: It is 2 am and you cannot get to sleep. You are being kept awake by a stubborn worry that will not leave you alone. You fear that the stock market may fall soon, taking a big portion …

What are Shares and Why do People Invest in Shares?

If you’ve ever wondered ‘What are shares’ or ‘why are shares so popular?’ – this ultimate guide to shares is the right place to begin! What are Shares? You gain partial or full ownership of a company by owning shares, also known as ‘stocks’ in the US. To delve deeper, we need to understand what companies are and why shares …

What is an Investment Time Horizon and how does it Impact a Portfolio?

When designing an investment portfolio, one of the factors you must consider is your investment time horizon. The consequence of overlooking your time horizon is discovering that your investments have produced a disappointing return at the point you need to sell your investments and use the funds for their intended purpose. What is my investment time horizon? Your time horizon …

What is a Stock Market Index and Why are Stock Market Indices Important?

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’ve ever picked upon a copy of the Financial Times, or have perused the business news on the Wall Street Journal, you’ll have likely read something about a stock market index. But what is a stock …