Invest in stocks & shares

A beginners’ guide to investing in the stock market, along with up-to-date price data and the latest news.

If you’re completely new to investing in stocks, this page offers a beginner-friendly guide to take you through everything you need to know. And for more experienced investors there are links to in-depth market analysis and live price data.

By: Max Adams
Max Adams
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Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Ways to invest in stocks

Then the first step is always to sign up to an online broker. Stock brokers allow users to buy, sell, and trade stocks in a variety of ways – with some platforms supporting options such as CFD trading, ETFs, mutual funds, ISAs, and other financial products.

Whatever your goals, it’s important to understand the different types of stocks available, which companies you can get shares in, and how to choose the right broker. Taking the time to consider these things helps you make wiser choices when investing your money, and the links below each take you to detailed guides on these topics.

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A beginners’ guide to investing in the stock market

What are stocks?

A stock (or a share) is a unit representing part ownership of a publicly-traded company. Shares in such companies are traded on stock exchanges, with the price set by supply and demand: if more people buy a stock then its price will go up, whereas if lots of people sell their shares then the price will fall. 

Companies issue stock in order to raise money to grow and expand; instead of borrowing money and having to pay it back with interest, a business can create and sell shares. This essentially means trading a percentage of the company for capital which can be invested in anything from new machinery or staff to research and development or marketing campaigns.

Stocks are a great way for regular people to invest their money for the future, as shares in companies that perform well over time will rise in value with the business’ success. Building a portfolio of stocks helps people pursue long term goals such as owning a house or retiring; alternatively, stocks can also be traded in the short term in pursuit of quick profits.

How do I make an investment?

There are two main ways to invest in the stock market: buying shares as an investment to hold for the long term, or trading stocks frequently as their prices rise and fall in the short term. Which of these approaches is right for you will depend on your investment goals and the amount of time you want to spend pursuing them.

Latest stocks & shares news >

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news from stock markets around the world. Our team is constantly publishing news updates as events unfold, so you can build your investment strategy on reliable information.

Market analysis >

Our experts help you see beyond the headlines with regular analysis pieces to help you spot value in the markets. Read our latest articles before deciding where to invest your money.

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Today’s stock prices

Browse live share prices, exchanges, and data for the top stocks you can trade. Stay in touch with the winners and losers worldwide in real-time.

Online stocks and trading courses >

If you are new to investing in stocks and shares then you have come to the right place. Get started with our beginner-friendly courses, which take you through everything you need to know to become a successful investor.

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Luckily, it’s far easier to begin trading than it was in the 90s when Wall Street and big money were the only options. Get started with our introduction to stock trading. You’ll come away feeling more confident about the task ahead, while acquiring a base knowledge of all the most…

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Fact-checking & references

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Risk disclaimer

Invezz is a place where people can find reliable, unbiased information about finance, trading, and investing – but we do not offer financial advice and users should always carry out their own research. The assets covered on this website, including stocks, cryptocurrencies, and commodities can be highly volatile and new investors often lose money. Success in the financial markets is not guaranteed, and users should never invest more than they can afford to lose. You should consider your own personal circumstances and take the time to explore all your options before making any investment. Read our risk disclaimer >

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Max has a keen interest in the transformative power of technology and is the founder of a platform called Current Frequencies. When not at his desk,… read more.