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How Do I Invest In Stocks & Shares?

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Investing in stocks & shares is 10x easier than most people think! I usually buy stocks & shares online. These websites are called trading platforms, they are pretty cheap & very easy to use.

It’s a two step process, first you’ve got to pick what platform you’re going to use to buy your shares from. Then you’ve just got to choose the investments you want to buy.

Keep in mind that making an investment is usually not free, the platform you use will charge you a small fee for each investment (trade) that you make.

Once you’ve picked your platform, make sure you opened up a Stocks & Shares ISA on the trading platform. With the £20,000 allowance the ISA gives you, you won’t have to pay tax on profits you make.

What Trading Platform Should You Use?

The good thing is, there are quite a few pretty good platforms that you can use to make your investments. It all depends on what you want to invest in.

Traditional Trading Platforms – Shares, Bonds & Index Funds

These are traditional investment platforms that let you research & invest in the best shares, bonds and index funds.

My Recommendation: Hargreaves Lansdown

Property Crowdfunding

These allow you to invest in property, you can either invest in a share of a property or lend money towards buying a properly (a loan) & receive monthly interest payments.

My Recommendation: British Pearl

Automated Robo-Investors

Robo-Investors are a really good choice for people new to investing. They make everything really simple. You just choose how much you would like to invest & how much risk you would like them to take, we’re talking low, medium or high. They then take care of the rest for you.

My Recommendation: Nutmeg

Peer-to-Peer Lending

These companies allow you to loan your money to other people for a pretty good interest rates.

My Recommendation: RateSetter

Business Lending

Pretty much like peer-to peer lending, but this time you are lending your money to businesses!

My Recommendation: Funding Circle

What are the Best Share Trading Platforms?

Hargreaves Lansdown
All-in-One Solution

If your looking to start investing and want to research, and actually make your own investments in stocks & shares, then Hargreaves Landsdown is one of the best trading plaforms in my opinion. You can use your stocks & shares ISA allowance with HL which is a huge benefit!

Nutmeg
Invest with absolutely no hassle

I'm a big fan of Nutmeg, I started using them when I first started to invest a bit of my salary every month and just wanted to use something simple that delivered results. 

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