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Myths of investing

There are widely held assumptions about investing that mean many people miss out on growing their money over the longer term. Almost everyone should consider investing once they have paid off expensive debts and saved up a rainy-day fund.

Isn’t cash always safer than investing?

Having cash available is important, but interest on cash does not usually keep up with the rise in the cost of living.

Investing could provide you with a better return through the growth of companies and the profits they make. It’s not guaranteed, though, so you could lose value, especially over shorter periods.

Isn’t investing only for experts?

You don’t need to be an expert to invest, by investing in a fund you are spreading your money and risk across dozens of different companies either managed by an expert or designed to track an index.

Our range of cost-conscious funds are designed to achieve a broad investment objective and keep to a certain level of risk

Don’t I need to be rich to invest?

You can start your investment journey with our Direct Investment Service with a relatively small sum of £500; you might look to set up a monthly Direct Debit to help build your savings gradually.

Our low-cost funds and free fund trading, combined with our competitive platform fee to make investing affordable for all.

Follow Erica on her investment journey

What is risk and how is it important? What type of account should you open? What should you invest in? Follow Erica as she embarks on her own investment journey and seeks answers to these same questions.

If you are unsure of the suitability of your investment please seek professional financial advice. Investors should be aware that past performance is not a guide to the future and that the price of shares and other investments, and the income derived from them, may fall as well as rise and the amount realised may be less than the original sum invested.

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At Charles Stanley we have been providing financial support to our clients for over 200 years. We are here to help you start your investment journey. 

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  4. Choose your investment; buying a fixed amount or monthly investments.