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  • Greed

    Helen Pridham uncovers the hidden costs encountered by investors in tax-efficient wrappers - from pensions and ISAs and child trust funds - and explains how to circumvent the industry's...

  • Small plant pot

    Investors with smaller ISA pots can achieve healthy diversification through a variety of strategies. Sam Barrett explains the multiple-choice options.

  • Blackboard

    Take the time to understand what you can and can't do with your ISA allowance and you'll reap the full benefit of your savings without the taxman taking a cut, reports Sam Barrett.

  • Unicorn

    Esther Armstrong dispels some common misunderstandings about ISAs, from their perceived riskiness and complexity to transfers and tax status.

  • Concerned man

    The collapse of Keydata has left thousands of people out of pocket. Tanya Powley investigates whether they can get their money back.

  • Man on scales

    Pound cost averaging is a good way to save regularly and grow your money, but it has a tendency to confuse people. Investment specialist Philip Pearson explains how it works and how it could...

  • A couple chatting with an IFA

    A Moneywise reader wants to know what impact paying commission has on investments. IFA Joanne Roberts offers her advice.

  • How can I plan my portfolio to make the most of my ISA allowance?

    To make the most of your ISA allowance, plan your portfolio to suit your investment objectives and your appetite for risk. Sam Barrett explains how taking a broader view of your investments could...

  • Chicken and three baskets of eggs

    In the volatile world of stockmarkets it makes sense to spread your bets. Diversifying your investments can prove to be a great form of security for you. Jeff Salway introduces the five core...

  • I'm happy to take more risk - is a stocks and shares ISA for me?

    Going for a stocks and shares ISA rather than a plain cash ISA can seem a bold step. But while a stocks and shares ISA is more risky, it potentially offers greater returns, says Sam Barrett.