This article was published on 17 October 2019. Some information may be out of date.

The Best Way to Invest in Shares

A listener’s letter and Mary’s response:

  • Starting early is good
  • Drip feeding is good
  • You don’t need to research companies
  • Buy more or less randomly — but vary industries
  • Understand a share’s volatility

Note: There is a brief addition to this topic at the start of the next session.

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Mary Holm is a freelance journalist, a director of Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL), a seminar presenter and a bestselling author on personal finance. From 2011 to 2019 she was a founding director of the Financial Markets Authority. Her opinions are personal, and do not reflect the position of any organisation in which she holds office. Mary’s advice is of a general nature, and she is not responsible for any loss that any reader may suffer from following it.