Invest in stocks

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

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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.
Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Ways to invest in stocks

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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

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What are stocks?

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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?

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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 stock market news >

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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.

Bitcoin has slipped rather significantly over the past couple of months – weakness that MicroStrategy Inc (NASDAQ: MSTR) used to increase its exposure to the world’s largest cryptocurrency. MicroStrategy has been buying Bitcoin The Nasdaq-listed firm has bought another 5,445 bitcoins (ap Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) continues to deliver on its commitment to expanding its footprint in artificial intelligence. Amazon forms a strategic alliance with Anthropic On Monday, the tech behemoth revealed plans of investing $4.0 billion in Anthropic – an AI startup based out of San Franc
Media stocks are celebrating this morning after the Hollywood writers and studios announced to have reached a preliminary agreement. Hollywood writers are not returning to work just yet The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Partners (AMPTP) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) are still wo
The recent sell-off in Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE: RL) has created a great opportunity for investors to buy a quality name at a deep discount, as per a Raymond James analyst. Ralph Lauren stock could return to $135 Rick Patel is convinced that shares of the fashion company are currently trading below t
Oil prices will continue to surge not just in the near term but over the next two to three years, says Christyan Malek. He’s the Global Head of Energy Strategy at JPMorgan.   Malek is bullish on the energy sector Malek raised his rating on the global energy space this morning to “ov
Don’t hold your breath for a swift recovery in shares of Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) that have lost more than 15% in under two months, says a CFRA Research analyst. Boeing stock received a downgrade on Friday Stewart Glickman downgraded the aerospace giant this morning to “hold” and lower
The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission just ordered Citadel Securities and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) to pay $7.0 million and $6.0 million in fines, respectively. Here’s why the SEC fined Citadel Citadel incorrectly marked millions of long and short sale orders over a period of
United Auto Workers has decided to expand its strike against two of the three legacy automakers – General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Stellantis NV. Why is the UAW skipping Ford? The union is not being as aggressive against Ford Motor Co (NYSE: F), though, because it has shown real interest

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Improve your stock trading profits by following along with our trading ideas. Get clear entry and exit points from pro-traders via our stock market trade set-ups & technical analysis. 

Abrdn (LON: ABDN) share price has been a major underperformer in London, where it has lagged the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indices. The stock plunged to a low of 154.95, the lowest level since November 2022. It has slipped by more than 32% from the highest level this year. Challenging environment Abrdn,
Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) stock price sell-off gained steam on Friday as the company reported more bad news. The shares plunged to a low of $7.31, the lowest level since July 2020. It has dropped by more than 90% from its all-time high, bringing its total market cap to over $4.5 billion. Plug Power
BuzzFeed (NASDAQ: BZFD) has had a dramatic collapse from a disruptor in the media space to a company on the verge of collapse. Its stock has crashed from an all-time high of $14.78 in December 2021 to $0.30. Its valuation has plunged from over $1 billion into a penny stock valued at over $47 million
ING Group (AMS: INGA) share price nosedived on Friday, becoming one of the worst-performing European bank stocks. The shares crashed to a low of €12.43, the lowest level it has been since August 2nd. It has dropped by more than 7.5% from its highest level this year. Netherlands new banking taxe

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