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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 69% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 69% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Investing in the UK: everything you need to know

Investing is one of two ways you can get exposure to financial markets. Learn how to get started, the different investment vehicles you can get exposure to, and the risk involved.

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Investing essentials

When investing with us, you’ll buy assets like shares, funds or bond ETFs to own outright, with the aim of making a profit over time. There are two ways to make money from an investment – when the value of the asset appreciates, and from dividend payments if the company grants them.

How to start investing: shares, ETFs and bonds

How to invest in shares

Discover how to buy and own company shares with us using our share dealing account. There are 13,000+ international shares to invest in to own a piece of the company.

How to invest in ETFs and funds

Use exchange traded funds (ETFs) to invest in a collection of stocks that fit a particular theme to get exposure through a single point of entry.

How to invest in bonds

Learn how to buy and sell corporate and government bonds and bond ETFs to diversify your portfolio and receive interest on the investment for the duration of the term.

How to invest in property

Learn more about buying income-producing real estate assets that are publicly listed and get dividend payments paid out to investors from rental income.

Investment products in the UK

Share dealing

Buy and hold thousands of global shares, funds, and investment trusts using our share dealing platform. You can earn profit from share price increases and dividends.

Smart Portfolios

Reach your financial goals sooner. Choose from a wide range of tailored portfolios that suit your risk profile and are expertly handled by our wealth managers.

ISA and pension funds

ISAs

Open an Individual Savings Account to get favourable tax breaks from the government and protect your investment when you earn income, dividends or capital gains.1

SIPPs

Create a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) to buy and own assets intended for your retirement and get tax relief on your investment.

Live share, ETF and bond ETF prices

Invest in thousands of global brands, ETFs and bonds ETFs using our share dealing account and earn dividend payments if the company grants them. You can buy and own a small piece of the brands you love and have voting rights on company matters. We offer more than 13,000 markets that you can invest in.

Out-of-hours share prices

Take advantage of multiple investment opportunities when the market has closed so that you don’t miss out on getting exposure. Our after-hours offering gives you access to the most popular US shares, ETFs and bond ETFs when there’s a lot of volatility in price due to the low number of active investors.

When there’s volatility, there tends to be a lot of risk involved in investing after-hours. This is because there’s reduced liquidity and wider spreads, which can move the price quickly in either direction. You’ll have to take necessary steps to manage your risk.

Here’s a list of top US shares you can trade out-of-hours with us:

Free investing resources for UK traders

  • Improve your knowledge base on how investing works using our extensive resource tools that are available on IG Academy
  • Stay in the know on everything that’s happening in different markets by checking out our news updates before you get exposure
  • Learn more about different investment strategies and styles you can use when investing, and learn how to improve your chances of success

FAQs

What is investing?

Investing is buying and holding an asset with the aim of making a profit in the long run when the market price has appreciated. You can invest in shares, ETFs, bonds and more.

How can beginners start investing in the UK?

You can start investing in the UK by picking the asset you want to get exposure to and researching its performance over time. You’d then open a share dealing account that enables you to get access to over 13,000 markets with us. To get exposure, you’d go long, and commit the full value of your position upfront.

How can I choose the best investment platform?

When looking for the best investment platform, you need to consider the types of investments it offers, the fees charged, the usability of the platform and customer support to clients.

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1 Invest up to £20,000 in an ISA in 2020/21 without incurring capital gains or income tax. Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
2 Best trading platform as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2022 and Professional Trader Awards 2019. Best trading app as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2022.