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As a central knowledge portal to the retirement and related industries, EBnet publishes a range of daily articles submitted by a range of industry organisations, experts and contributors. Readers can also comment on and contribute to articles.

Whether you’re a late investment bloomer or you’re hoping to join the working world and begin building your financial dynasty in 2020, it’s never too early – or too late – to start learning about the world of investing and how to achieve your financial goals.

To get you started on your journey, here’s a quick breakdown of the basic concepts and jargon you need to know:

1. What is investing?

Saving involves gathering together or hoarding funds, usually by setting aside a portion of each of your pay checks. By contrast, investing means buying financial assets such as shares, bonds, property or cash...

As rocketing fuel and electricity prices place even greater demand on stretched pockets, the task of saving money and building your wealth may seem more daunting than ever.

But in tough economic times, the key to keeping your financial goals on track is to work smarter, not harder.

With this in mind, here are three simple, yet powerful tips for optimising your savings:

1. Trim the fat

It’s often more difficult to increase your income than it is to cut down on spending.

Trim the fat from your budget by consciously cutting out wasteful or unnecessary expenditure. Shop around and compare monthly premi...

As even the most experienced investors will attest, the world of investing is riddled with hidden pitfalls that can easily trap the unwary and prevent you from achieving your investment goals.

Here are five common investment mistakes, as well as some tips for avoiding them on your own investment journey: 

1. Ignoring your investment goals

The first step in any successful investment strategy is to set clear investment goals, unique to your financial situation.

Without these goals, or a clear sense of direction for your investment strategy, you could quickly fall prey to chasing fleeting market tren...

We have witnessed a long wave of increased global trade over the past two hundred years, facilitated in part by ongoing advances in transportation and technology, such as the steel hulled ship, containerisation, refrigeration and jet travel. At the same time, economies of scale and scope have driven down relative trade costs, which have fallen   by 85% between the early 1800s and now, opening up a world of opportunity.

However, this process has not all been smooth sailing (pun intended), with regular outbreaks of trade wars over the centuries. The most recent episode, of course, is the tra...

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