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Our investing guides cut through the jargon and explain in clear terms each type of investment, from financial spread betting and binary options to forex trading and much more.

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How are investments taxed?

You may have to pay extra types of tax if you make money from your investments. Here is how your investments are taxed and how your tax band can affect what you pay.

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What is a Lifetime ISA

Lifetime ISAs can help you save for your first home or your retirement. Here's how they work.

What is a Junior ISA?

You can save on behalf of your child with a tax free Junior ISA and build up a pot of money ready for their 18th birthday. Here is what you need to know before you apply.

How a stocks and shares ISA works

If you are not put off by risk you could get a higher interest return by using your ISA allowance to invest in stocks and shares. Here is how a stocks and shares ISA works.

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What are endowment policies?

You can get a new endowment as an investment that includes life insurance. If you have one already, there are several ways you can get a payout. Here is everything you need to know about how they work.

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Should you sell your endowment?

Selling your endowment policy gets you a lump sum now. You could get more than if you cancel the policy, but less than if you wait until it matures. Here is how to decide what to do.

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Endowment tax issues explained

An overview of the possible tax issues associated with endowment policies.

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How to sell your endowment

You could get a cash lump sum now by selling your endowment policy. Here is how selling to a third party could make you more money than selling it back to your provider.

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How to invest in property

If you have grand designs on property investment, you'll need to get your finances into gear. We show you how to work out if property development is a realistic dream and how to make it happen.

Investing in property abroad: pros & cons

Have you had enough of staring at poor weather and the low savings rates available in the UK, buying a property abroad could not only improve your view but your wallet too! We look at the pros and cons of investing in property overseas.

Should you invest in a buy-to-let property?

Investing in a buy to let property can be a profitable way to use your money, but there are downsides you need to consider. Here are the pros and cons of buying a property to rent out.

Should you invest in a unit trust?

Unit trusts let you invest your money alongside other investors and offer the chance of making big profits, but are they worth the risk? Here is how they can work for you as easily as they could work against you.