Back to Basics: Stock Investing

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Emma Wall 13 February, 2018 | 9:24AM
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New to investing? We're here to help. You may be fed up with the returns offered on cash savings, have inherited a lump-sum you or looking to better understand your workplace pension – whatever the reason for your financial education, you’re in the right place.

We will begin with a caveat – the length of your investment horizon determines the investments you should hold in your portfolio. Are you looking to save a specific sum in a short amount of time? Stock investing may not be for you. You should hold lower risk investments and prioritise capital preservation. Cash and bonds may be a better bet.

But if you are investing for a much longer-term goal, such as a pension, you can afford to invest in riskier assets such as stocks, also known as equities. These may fluctuate in value over time but over the long term can deliver much greater returns.

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar