Our new series on investment for beginners takes you through the steps of getting started.
So, you think you might like to invest in shares, you've seen lots of waffle about earnings and dividends and ratios and all that, but you're stuck at the first hurdle thinking: "Yes, but what do I actually do?" Well, you're not alone, and this new series on investment for beginners is for you.
Over the coming weeks, we'll take a look at what shares are and how stock markets work, with the emphasis on what you actually do and how you go about setting up the necessary accounts, transferring money around, and actually buying and selling shares.
And we'll even set up a sample portfolio, containing shares in five or six well-known companies, with the aim of keeping track of what news becomes available and what you should do about it when you get it. The focus will be on the practical operation of the portfolio, not on tracking its performance (though we hope that will be reasonable, too).
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