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DIY Investor: How to Take Control of Your Investments and Plan for a Financially Secure Future 2ed

by Andy Bell Harriman House
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Pbk 200 pages
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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.


"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


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 £20bn of assets under administration. AJ Bell has offices in Manchester, Tunbridge Wells and London, employing approximately 500 staff. It looks after a wide variety of 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 (>, formerly known as Sippdeal.


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 lives in Lancashire with his wife Tracey, their four children, a dog and an ever-growing menagerie of farmyard animals. His interests are skiing, playing 5-a-side football, flying helicopters, boxing (training, not fighting) and watching Everton and St Helens RLFC.


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