Look at our summary of the main investment types, including cash, funds and ETFs, stocks and shares, gilts and bonds.
Choosing Investments

Choosing investments

There are lots of different types of investments to choose from. Before you take a look at our full range of investments, here's a quick summary of the main ones we offer:

Main investment types

There are a few different types of investment and they have different levels of risk and return.

By spreading your money across a range of investments, you can create a portfolio that balances risk, growth and income in line with your investment goals. Of course even a balanced portfolio carries risk. The value of your investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invested. Bear in mind too that investing is not for everyone. If you are unsure whether an investment's right for you, you should seek independent financial advice.

Funds and ETFs

The easy way to diversify your portfolio by investing in shares, bonds or property, funds also let you benefit from professional management.

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Stocks and shares

Stocks and shares are high-risk investments which normally offer the opportunity for growth, but can also offer income via dividends.

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Cash

Cash is a safe and popular asset. The returns are low but there is not the risk of losing money.


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Gilts and bonds

Gilts and bonds are generally considered less risky than stocks and shares and can provide you with a regular steady income.

More on gilts and bonds

Research

Investment research
Invest with confidence with the latest research at your fingertips. Use it to narrow down your search and weigh up your choices.

Investment research

Funds research
We have over 2,000 funds on our Funds Market, from over 100 fund managers. And we bring you detailed funds research to help you find the ones you feel are right for you.

Funds research

Things to remember

  • Investing is not for everyone. If you are unsure whether an investment's right for you, you should seek independent financial advice
  • The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you initially invested.

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