Pensions & Investing

Guides and tools to help you get the best returns on your money

Voluntary national insurance contributions
 

You may be able to turn £800 in to £5,500 in your state pension

An important pensions warning

This is a warning for every worker in the UK. Have you turned down a pay rise without realising…

State pension

The state pension has been boosted by 10.1% – its biggest-ever increase. Most of us will receive…

Pension Credit

If you're retired and have income less than £204 a week as an individual, or £307 a week as…

What is pension auto-enrolment?

For the millions of people automatically enrolled into a workplace pension, the minimum amount…

How to get a hidden payrise

If you're under 22 or on a low income, a pension is probably the furthest thing from your mind,…

Investing for beginners

Are you thinking about investing for the first time? Our guide takes you through the 10 things…

Financial advisers

Taking financial advice does come with a cost. But when it comes to making life-changing financial…

Cheapest SIPPs

If you want to take more control of the money you're saving for retirement, a self-invested…

Top Lifetime ISAs

A Lifetime ISA (LISA) can be opened by anyone aged between 18 and 39. You can use it to save…

Pension liberation

Changes to pension rules introduced in 2015 mean you've greater access to your pension. But…

Share dealing

Trading in shares can be a good way to make a return on your money, but is less rewarding if…

Are you a married woman missing out on £1,000s of state pension?

More than 230,000 women (and some men) are thought to have been underpaid their state pension…

Premium Bonds

Line up everyone with £1,000 worth of Premium Bonds in order of their year's winnings, and…

Fund need-to-knows

With interest rates on savings accounts lagging behind inflation, many are turning to investments…

What type of ISA should I get?

Many people think ISAs are complicated, and that perception isn't helped by the maze of options…

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Here, we cover all your investment questions and guide you through the many ways to invest your money. An investment – or investing – is a long way from putting your cash in a bank account where it sits to earn interest. Instead, you’re taking a risk with your money in the hope that you’ll make more than what you put in (a juicy profit), but there's the possibility you end up with less (a nasty loss). You can invest in almost anything, from the more mainstream: shares, bonds, funds, government bonds (gilts) and the UK property market, to the more exotic, such as: farmland, vintage cars, wine, fledgling technology firms, and art. For most, investing means putting money in the stock market, our Investment Guide for Beginners takes you through the process and explains how the stock market work.