If you are an employee in the UK then the chances are you are an investor already – because you probably have a company pension. Auto-enrolment has meant that more and more workers have some pension savings invested – and the amounts contributed each month by both employee and employer went up at the start of the tax year, on 6 April.
If you strip away the jargon, investing is not as hard as it sounds, and there are lots of ways to start.
But bear in mind, this is just an introduction. You'll need to do your research or take financial advice before parting with any of your cash!
Buffett has spent $1 billion (£770 million) buying back shares in Berkshire Hathaway. Share or stock buybacks are the repurchasing of stocks or shares (same thing) by the company that issued them to public and private investors - either from the open market or from shareholders directly.
So, you’ve got some spare cash and you want to invest it for the long-term. Financial markets, and mostly the stock market, are the first place you look, right?
With its booms and busts you can make money, but you can lose money.
For some, it’s so daunting that they don’t bother, leaving the money under the mattress/in savings account. That might be the right answer if you’re not comfortable taking risks.
For most people, their twenties is the decade in which they can least afford to save into a pension. It is a shame, because it's by far the most important one.
Believe it or not, those first ten years of saving can potentially be more powerful than the next four decades combined!