Guide to investment companies

Explore how investment companies work, and start to discover which one might be the right investment for you

Understand the language of investment companies see our glossary.

Investment companies are a way to make a single investment that gives you a share in a much larger portfolio. A type of collective investment, they let you spread your risk and access investment opportunities you wouldn't find on your own.

This guide is designed for investors without much experience, or people who haven't considered investment companies as an option yet.

Already know the basics? Find and compare investment companies


What are investment companies?

Investment companies – the basics of how they work
Split capital investment companies – companies that offer more than one type of share
Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) – investing in risky new businesses with potential for growth


Types of investment

Ways to invest – directly or using wrapper schemes? Regularly or all at once?
Wrapper schemes – what they are and why to use them

Getting started

Preparing to invest – steps to take before you begin
Common mistakes – know what not to do
Choosing a company – what to ask yourself when you make your choice

Getting the advice you need