Welcome to AXA Investment Managers’ Learning Lab.

If you’re looking to get a potentially better return from your cash, you might consider investing it. Taking your first steps into this world can seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Arguably the most important factors to consider are your financial goals and what your risk appetite is.

Always remember that unlike saving, you could lose some or all of your money, so working with your financial adviser to find the most suitable investments for your needs is vital. If you want to find out more about different asset classes, such as equities and bonds and how they differ in terms of risk and return, our Learning Lab’s jargon-free guides outline what you need to know. 

Whether you’re already invested or just thinking about it, it is always worth reminding yourself of the basics.

Visit the following sections to find out more:

• What is a bond?

• What you need to know about investing in equities

• Why consider investing in multi-asset funds?

• How do interest rates affect your investments?

• What are the benefits of investing in funds rather than directly in shares?

• What you need to know about real estate investing

• Why it's important to invest for the long term

How financial market volatility can impact investments 

How inflation affects your investments

• Benefits of regular investing explained

• Pandemic bonds: Helping to finance the fight against coronavirus

• What are inflation-linked bonds and how do they work?