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Market capitalisation

Industry bods and CNBC commentators call it "market cap", perhaps because it sounds better or they don't have time to finish the word "capitalisation". Market capitalisation is the total market value of a company's outstanding shares ...

Micro-investing

Micro-investing is where you invest small amounts regularly, for example by using apps that "round up" your card payments to the nearest pound and invest the digital "change". The apps are normally a type of robo-adviser and tend to target young people who feel they don't earn enough to invest in funds or shares yet or don't know how to ...

Multi-asset

You've got a lot to offer. Brains, brawn, beauty, and some people think you're pretty funny too. And these are just your best assets.

In this way, you're similar to a multi-asset class or fund, which is a combination or portfolio of asset classes (cash, shares, bonds etc) that increases the diversification (and prospective value) of your portfolio overall.

Mutual fund

For anyone who prefers to play their personal investment game on easy mode, mutual funds (US) and unit trusts (UK) are two different names for the same kind of low-effort investment funds. They take money from a large group of investors, and then typically invest it in a wide variety of stocks or bonds ...