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The best way to get started is to sign up with a stock broker. Broker platforms come in many different forms, but all of them are simple to use and you can create an account in just a few minutes. It’s easy to buy and sell stocks whenever you want and manage your portfolio from anywhere.
There are lots more ways to invest beyond holding shares directly. If you have a short term focus, you can use contracts for difference as an alternative way to benefit from price movements. Or you can create a low-risk, diverse portfolio instantly with a professionally managed fund. The links below direct you to individual pages which explain how to get started in more detail.
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General Electric is a multinational conglomerate that does business in several different industries. One of the largest companies in the United States, GE manufactures everything from electric motors to aircraft engines, wind turbines and other renewable energy machinery, and even software and financial ventures.
Before you start, read our Stock Markets 101 course to familiarise yourself with the market and how it works. It offers a series of simple tips and pointers on what to look out for and how to start investing.
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The list below shows you all the different ways of buying General Electric. Read through them all to find out what’s available to you and which method suits your style best.
- Stock brokers. The easiest and most affordable way to invest in General Electric shares is through an online broker. Investing with a broker requires just a few clicks to place a trade, and usually costs no more than a few pounds each time. The best online brokers also offer useful research tools and beginner accounts, where you can start investing with ‘virtual’ money to practice.
- Mutual funds. A mutual fund is a professionally managed investment vehicle that lets you contribute to a pool of money alongside other investors. A mutual fund manager invests that money into many different stocks at once to create a diversified portfolio. Find a top-performing mutual fund that holds shares of General Electric, and you can own a piece of GE while still managing your risk.
- Investment trusts. A trust is like a fund but is ‘closed-end’, which means the total amount of investors in it is fixed. The manager has a set amount of money to invest and the only way to gain access is to buy your share in the fund from someone else.
- Energy ETFs. Exchange-traded funds trade like individual stocks, making them a simple investment strategy for beginner investors. The advantage of an ETF is that it owns all of the stocks in a particular market or index, so you can easily access a wide range of companies that might otherwise be out of your price range. As with a mutual fund, investing in an ETF allows you to limit risk through diversification. An energy ETF, for example, might own shares of General Electric.
- CFDs. A CFD is an agreement between a buyer and a seller where the former pays the latter the difference between the current value of an asset and the value of that asset on the date specified in the contract. Unlike using an online broker, a CFD lets you benefit from movement in General Electric’s stock price without requiring you to own physical shares. A CFD also means you can trade with leverage, which is when you borrow money from a broker in an effort to increase the size of your gains. But trading with leverage carries increased risk, and so we don’t recommend it for beginners.
- ISAs. An ISA (Individual Savings Account) is a tax-free savings account for UK residents that lets you allocate part of your income for investments. Within your ISA you can own stocks, plus other investment assets, and up to £20,000 per year is tax free.
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