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Stocks and Shares ISA

Your guide to investing

Discover what it is, how to do it and what you need to know with our plain-English, step-by-step introduction to investing.

Important Information: Please remember that the value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. If you are unsure of the suitability of your investment please seek advice. Tax rules can change and the value of any benefits depends on individual circumstances.

Investing for beginners

You’ve worked hard for your money – now investing can get your money working harder for you.

Whether you're thinking about investing for a wealthier retirement, to build a nest egg or to give your children a great financial start in life, we believe you’ll be better off having the best information to hand to make investment decisions.

Our guide to investing money is designed to help novice investors just like you and get you started in building an investment portfolio.

What is an investment?

This guide will help you to...

  • Understand the basics with jargon demystified - just look out for the dotted underline for definitions
  • Choose the right investments for your circumstances
  • Make confident investment decisions
  • Learn how to get started and how to profit from your money

Explore your simple guide to investing

Helping you understand how to invest



Why do people invest?

The alternatives to cash accounts


What do you want from your investments?

Investing for income or growth

See how much your savings could be worth

Use our calculator to see how investing could benefit you and read our guide to find out more about regular savings.

Regular savings calculator

Use our regular savings calculator to see what your
investments could be worth


Guide to ISAs

Regular savings guide

Discover how starting a regular savings plan could help you turn stock market volatility to your advantage

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