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The DIY Investor

How to get started in investing and plan for a financially secure future

By Andy Bell

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The DIY Investor

How to get started in investing and plan for a financially secure future

By Andy Bell

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Investing expert Andy Bell shows you how to plan your financial future in this updated edition of his bestselling guide to do-it-yourself investing.

Andy shows you how to build a long-term investment portfolio using a range of low-cost, tax-efficient strategies. He provides expert guidance and industry insights suitable for first-time investors and those who are more experienced. The DIY Investor teaches you the skills and strategies you need to take control of your investments and manage your money in the years ahead.

About the author

Born in Liverpool in 1966, Andy Bell was educated at Rainford High School and then went onto study at Nottingham University. He graduated with a first-class degree in Mathematics in 1987 and subsequently joined a large insurance company as a trainee actuary.

Somewhat disillusioned with the financial services industry, Andy took a sabbatical in 1990, which lasted for three years on and off, to coach football and tennis (of a fashion) in America, followed by an extended period of travel and growing up.

When Andy returned to the UK, he resurrected his actuarial career and qualified as Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1993, while working at a small actuarial consultancy.

AJ Bell was established in 1995 by Andy Bell and Nicholas Littlefair in a 149 square-foot office, funded by £10,000 of personal loans. It has since grown into one of the largest investment platforms in the UK, with over £36bn of assets under administration and 152,000 retail clients, many of them DIY investors.

AJ Bell ( offers investment solutions to DIY investors as well as clients of financial advisers and other financial services companies. Its award-winning DIY investment platform is called AJ Bell Youinvest (

AJ Bell also owns the popular Shares magazine ( and specialist investment information websites MoneyAM (, StockMarketWire (, Broker Forecasts (, Director Holdings ( and DIYinvestor (

Andy was ninth in Management Today’s 2010 Britain’s top 100 entreprenuers and AJ Bell is one of only a handful of companies ever to appear in the Sunday Times Profit Track and Fast Track (top 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits and revenues respectively) in the same year – 2010. Both Andy and the company have won numerous other business and industry awards.

Andy set up his own charitable trust in 2011 and has a number of other charitable and business interests.


“The DIY Investor is an excellent book for anyone looking to take to control of their financial future. …All in all buying this book should be a no brainer for those who want to nail down plans to go on a self investment journey.”

Richard Gill, Master Investor magazine

“A great new edition of this valuable guide for private investors”

Neil Woodford CBE

“Provides you with the knowledge to enter the personal finance maze with confidence and come out of it a richer person.”

Jeff Prestridge, Personal Finance Editor, The Mail on Sunday

“Provides readers with valuable lessons in constructing a portfolio, investing in a tax-efficient manner, focusing on low-cost investments and executing deals, all without having to pay for professional help.”

Holly Cook, Morningstar

“Bell has produced an incredibly useful volume from which anyone from beginner to experienced investor can learn.”

Mindful Money

“Andy Bell is a DIY investment pioneer … If you are thinking of starting out on the road to DIY investing, or are already part-way along the road, I can heartily recommend this book.”

John Edwards, author of DIY Simple Investing

“Bell’s book is admirably clear … providing clear explanations and detail on the route you must take to ensure you do not fall into too many traps”

Stephen Spurdon, Money Market

Media coverage

From The Independent:

Investing is a difficult topic to digest at the best of times-so at first, the thought of reading a whole book on the topic didn’t fill us with excitement. However, Bell-founder of one of the UK’s largest investment platforms-is well aware of the barriers that prevent many getting involved in the investing world and offers… Read more »

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From The Financial Times:

Andy Bell, author of the best selling book The DIY Investor, naturally wants to democratise investing. So what better way than to offer shares in AJ Bell, the investment platform he founded, to its customers?

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From ShareSoc:

A practical “how to” guide, explaining how modern platforms, investment products and tools can be used for equity investment.

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From This is Money:

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From Jeremy Prescott, Private Investor:

This is the updated, second edition of a very useful and clearly written book, providing detailed guidance for “people who want to invest for the future and then get on with the rest of their lives” … Throughout the book there is a wealth of sensible advice, practical experience, wise counsel, useful tax hints and… Read more »

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From Master Investor:

The DIY Investor is an excellent book for anyone looking to take to control of their financial future. For beginners, it provides a thorough and insightful view into the sometimes confusing worlds of personal finance and investment, offering a multitude of practical tips on how to make the best of their savings. It is also useful as a reference and planning guide for… Read more »

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From The Telegraph:

The first thing to do is decide why you are investing. Then decide what type of investor you are, in direct stocks or a more hands-off approach using funds and whether the funds should be passive or active. The third thing is the most difficult: deciding on risk appetite. It is quite difficult for non-experts… Read more »

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From Informed Choice Radio:

Andy Bell provides expert guidance and industry insight for nervous newcomers and those hungry for help. Listen here

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Published: 19/06/2017
Edition: 2nd
Pages: 288
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857196019
ebook - ISBN 9780857196026
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