Empowering Aspiring Stock Market Investors

Completely Free Resource

Everything you need to know to start investing in shares

Saving vs Stock Investing

£100 per month into a savings account for 10 years
£12,302 (+2.5% Gain)

£100 per month into the stock market for 10 years
£17,793 (+48% Gain)


The stock market offers unrivalled investment opportunities. Unlike property, it’s totally liquid and totally flexible, so you can change or exit your investments instantly. Unlike traditional savings accounts and the cash ISA, you can earn significant gains.

There is an extremely wide choice of companies to choose from and these can easily be diversified to minimise risk. Finding the best companies to invest in, is relatively straight forward, using free stock screening tools.

Your money can grow in two ways. The value of the shares can increase, giving you a capital gain and most companies also pay out a share of the profits in the form of dividends, giving you a regular income.

It’s very easy to open a share trading account and if you open a Stocks & Shares ISA, all of your profits will be totally tax-free.

Why Buy Shares

What Shares To Buy

Where To Buy Shares

Free Guides

Beginners Guide to Shares Cover
  • Beginners Guide to Shares
  • Contains all the info you need to select and buy your first shares.
  • Explains how to build and manage an entire share portfolio.
  • Includes my share screening criteria and simple shares checklist.
  • Very specific, giving actual figures to look for when choosing shares.
  • Links to the best shares related websites.
  • Written concisely with no padding or case studies.
  • Takes less than 2 hours to read.
  • Completely free of charge to download and keep.
  • The Quick Guide to Easy Investing
  • Not everybody has the time, money or interest in investing in shares.
  • Everything you need to know if you want an easy investing solution.
  • Clearly explains the very simple and proven strategy.
  • Passive investing in a world index tracker fund.
  • Suggests 4 actual funds to suit anyone.
  • Start with as little as £25 per month to invest.
  • Takes less than half an hour to read.
  • Completely free of charge to download and keep.


Useful Websites

Useful Websites

ADVFN https://uk.advfn.com starstarstarstarstar
Excellent customisable stock screener, price & news alerts by e-mail, customisable highlighting on company reports. Great free resources and a multitude of paid services available including live pricing and Level 2.
FilterX Screener https://uk.advfn.com/p.php?pid=filterx
Highlight Phrases https://uk.advfn.com/p.php?pid=nphrases

DeGiro https://www.degiro.co.uk starstarstarstar
Stockbroker with low transaction fees, making it suitable for small transactions as well as large, mobile App.

Digital Look https://www.digitallook.com starstarstar
Detailed company information & news.

Hargreaves Lansdown https://www.hl.co.uk starstarstarstarstar
Stockbroker, detailed company information, excellent mobile app.

Investing.com https://uk.investing.com starstarstarstar
Economic calendar & various other information.

Investors Chronicle https://www.investorschronicle.co.uk starstarstarstar
Stock screening tool & various other information.

Shares Magazine https://www.sharesmagazine.co.uk starstarstarstar
Detailed company information presented very well. They also produce a weekly e-magazine you can subscribe to at a cost, which is very informative and easy to read.

Stockflare https://stockflare.com starstarstarstar
Detailed company information, star ratings, great mobile app.

SwingTradeBot https://lse.swingtradebot.com starstarstarstar
Highly detailed and well presented technical analysis of stocks. Extremely useful for getting a technical overview if you’re a solely fundamental analyst like me.

Stockomendation https://www.stockomendation.com starstarstarstar
Share tips from expert tipsters.

Stockopedia http://www.stockopedia.com starstarstarstarstar
By far the best information resource available. Ranks, screens, tools, ratings, tips.

Upcoming Dividends http://www.upcomingdividends.co.uk starstarstarstar
Ex-dividend dates for all London Stock Exchange companies.

Vox Markets https://www.voxmarkets.co.uk starstarstarstar
Detailed company information, news, fantastic mobile app.



CEY Centamin
CMC Markets
Direct Line Insurance
HSS Hire Group
IG Group Holdings
MNDI Mondi
PAF Pan Africa Resources
RDW Redrow
RIO Rio Tinto


ISF iShares Core FTSE 100 ETF
VMID Vanguard FTSE 250 ETF
CRHG iShares Global Corporate Bond ETF
SLXX iShares Core Corporate Bond ETF
GB00BHZ7N946 Morgan Stanley Corp Bond Fund
GB00B3Z9PT62 Fidelity MoneyBuilder Income Fund
GB00BJT0KR04 Artemis High Income Fund
IE00BJBQC361 Royal London Extra Yield Bond Fund


SAFE Safestore Holding

You can see all of my bought & sold transactions with profits/losses on my blog posts.
Shares Bought & Sold – Funds Bought & Sold

Frequently Asked Questions

What is investing?
What are the 3 most important things you look for in a company?
What do you think of robo-investing services like Moneyfarm?
Why do you have shares in your portfolio and watchlist that don’t match the criteria in your book?
What is investing?

Put simply, investing is putting your money in a place where it will hopefully achieve a profit. Don’t be fooled into thinking that investing is the preserve of the wealthy, putting a pound into an instant savings account is investing. No matter how much or how little money you have, investing can increase it.
See my blog post.

What are the 3 most important things you look for in a company?

1) It must be making a profit, I never buy shares in a company that is making a loss.

2) It must not have excessive borrowing/debt, ideally less than 3 times profit.

3) It must be good value, not overpriced, ideally less than 15 times profit.

What do you think of robo-investing services like Moneyfarm?

It probably isn’t for me personally, because I prefer to make my own selections but I understand that not everyone does. I opened a small (£1000) Moneyfarm account in March 2016, to see how it performed so that I could recommend it or not, to those people that don’t want to research and choose their own shares. I expected it to generate a better return than a savings account and it greatly exceeded my expectations. I have to take into account the extraordinary event of the EU referendum after 3 months, though. I have posted a detailed 12 month report in posts.

Why do you have shares in your portfolio and watchlist that don’t match the criteria in your book?

A combination of opportunism, experimentation, diversification and mistakes!

Blog Posts

Sean Towers Bio


Sean Towers is the General Manager of Kudox, one of the largest central heating radiator suppliers in the UK. He has worked in the plumbing and heating industry for 33 years.

An active stock market investor in his spare time and the author of Beginners Guide to Shares. A concise but comprehensive guide covering everything you need to know to start investing in shares.

A relatively unremarkable person yet a passionate philanthropist. Trustee, Honorary Chairman and hands-on volunteer at Giving Back Crawley, helping homeless people in the Crawley West Sussex.


The Oxford Dictionary defines philanthropy as ‘The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes’.

Whilst I don’t disagree, my definition is a little simpler ‘Being lucky enough to have the opportunity to help someone else and acting upon it’.

I work hard for my money and once earned, I work equally hard investing my money. There aren’t many hours in the day that I’m not trying to make money. However, the most important thing I’ve learnt about money is that there’s no better way to spend it than helping someone else. I’m not rich by any measure but I have enough and if everyone who had enough, gave a little to those that don’t, everyone would have enough.

Giving Back Crawley

I am a Trustee and Honorary Chairman of this small local charity. We operate at the sharp end of the poverty problem, often dealing with people who possess nothing more than the clothes they are wearing.

Our primary focus is rough sleepers/street homeless, closely followed by hidden homeless and those in temporary accommodation. We serve our guests with a free meal and give them some of the essential items they need to get by. We also recommend other organisations that can help with their specific challenges. Another incredibly important aspect is taking the time to talk to them and reducing the social isolation they endure. We give them respect and compassion, friendship and hope.

Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way to help some of the world’s poorest people work their way out of poverty with dignity. Lendwithcare allows you to lend as little as £15 to fund a small business and once your money is repaid you can choose to recycle your loan to support another poor entrepreneur or withdraw your money.

I’ve been lending for several years now, for two main reasons.

1) I’m helping people to help themselves. Giving them a chance to grow their own business.

2) Because it’s lending not giving, I’m able to inject significantly more cash than I could afford to give to a charity.

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