THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS AND THE INCOME THEY PRODUCE CAN FALL AS WELL AS RISE. YOU MAY GET BACK LESS THAN YOU INVESTED.

TAX TREATMENT VARIES ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Investing in Equities

Investing in equities means buying stocks and shares in companies listed on the stock exchange. Historically this brings greater rewards than investing in bank accounts and bonds as you have the possibility of gaining not only a dividend - a proportion of the company's after tax profits distributed to shareholders - but also a capital appreciation. If the price of the shares goes up after you buy them then you have made, on paper at least, a capital gain.

But with these increased rewards comes greater risk as the value of shares can go down as well as up, which means you risk losing your investment if the price of the shares falls.

STOCK DATA
Value Move %
FTSE 100
7223.57 -32.39 -0.446
FTSE 250
23492.49 -82.129 -0.348
FTSE 350
4153.16 -17.88 -0.429
FTSE All Shares
4135.12 -17.68 -0.426
Dow Jones
35601.98 -268.969 -0.75
Nasdaq
16057.4375 63.728 0.398