I am looking to start an investment portfolio with around £1000 of my savings going into the stock market and was wondering how I would go about doing this.
I would like to spread this money across a few moderate to high risk investments with the hope of high returns, I also will be placing around £4000 into an ISA to maximise savings.
My current financial situation is fairly stable, I don't have debt other than a student loan but I also don't own property. I will be setting up a pension plan within a couple of months and my employer will also contribute to that.
My aim is to be able to save using the ISA for the deposit on a house, and if needed have investments I can sell off to contribute to this.
My main questions are:
- Is this amount an adequate starting amount to begin investing with?
- Which services should I use to start buying shares? (Currently my bank offers this service but I'm willing to use other sources)
- I would like to regularly increase the amount invested in shares. Is it worth doing this in say £200 increments?
- When buying shares should I focus on say two or three companies, or diversify more?
But any other advice would be appreciated Thanks