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Morningstar's Guide to Your Financial Education

Get back to school with Morningstar's guide to all things investing and pensions. Brush up on your basic financial knowledge and expand your learning with help from our experts

Emma Wall 7 September, 2015 | 10:19AM

Do you know your asset allocation from you elbow? Do you know the difference between a bond’s coupon and its yield? Prepare to impress your friends and family – and win pub quizzes based within the square mile – it’s Financial Education Week here at Morningstar.co.uk and we’re going back to basics.

Whether you are new to investing and building up a small pension pot thanks to an auto-enrolment scheme at work, or have been stock picking for decades, there is always something new to learn when it comes to the world of finance.

The complexity of stock markets can put off new investors, but armed with a bit of know-how, a sensible head and a long-term horizon just about anyone can make a profit. This week’s content isn’t just for newbies either – there is plenty to satisfy the seasoned investor, with fund updates and stock ideas alongside details on how to make the most of your pension both saving for and in retirement. So read on for the tools you need to become a private investor extraordinaire.

Monday: Why Should I Invest?

The importance of taking control of your financial health and happiness

Why You Can't Afford Not to Invest

How to Start Investing for the First Time

Introduction to ISAs

How to Pay Less Income Tax

Tuesday: How to Be a Successful Stock Picker

How to ensure you don’t fall for the wrong stocks

Back to Basics: Investing in Stocks

What is Value Investing?

3 Wide Moat Stocks for the Core of Your Portfolio

Using Dividends to Double Your Money

Top 20 FTSE 350 Dividend Paying Stocks

Wednesday: Taking the Boring Out of Bonds

Even in a market where bonds prices are falling, you need secure income

What is a Bond?

What Next for Corporate Bonds?

The Importance of Diversification

Which Emerging Market Bond Funds Survived the China Storm?

Investor Views: "I'm Making Investments for Life"

Thursday: Fund Investing Made Easy

Getting the biggest portfolio for the smallest amount of capital

What is the Difference Between an ETF and a Tracker Fund?

Physical vs Synthetically Backed ETFs

Fund Basics

Closed-end Funds Outperform Over 10 Years

Gold Rated Fund Profits from Unloved Stocks

Friday: Securing the Best Income in Retirement

Saving for a goal decades away is hard to do, but essential to avoid pension poverty

How to Save for Retirement

How to Invest Post-Retirement

How to Blend Assets for Portfolio Success

When is It OK to Run Out of Money in Retirement?

Changing Social Norms to Boost Pension Income

The information contained within is for educational and informational purposes ONLY. It is not intended nor should it be considered an invitation or inducement to buy or sell a security or securities noted within nor should it be viewed as a communication intended to persuade or incite you to buy or sell security or securities noted within. Any commentary provided is the opinion of the author and should not be considered a personalised recommendation. The information contained within should not be a person's sole basis for making an investment decision. Please contact your financial professional before making an investment decision.

About Author

Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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