What you can invest in

Risk and Investment Types

All investments involve a degree of risk and returns can never be guaranteed so it is important to choose investments that suit your circumstances. Below is a quick-glance guide to a range of investment types and their associated risks.

Investment Type

Objective

Maximum Loss

Fixed Interest Bonds & Gilts

Rising bond markets, fixed interest payments

Initial Investment

Investment Trusts, Unit Trusts & ICVCs

Rising investment prices, income from dividends

Initial Investment

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Rising index or sector prices

Initial Investment

IrishUK International Stocks

Rising share prices or dividends

Initial Investment

Covered Warrants

Rising or falling prices of the underlying financial investment

Initial Investment

Company Warrants

Rising or falling prices of the underlying financial investment

Initial Investment

This table gives you an idea of the risk versus return for different types of investment.
Click on the investment types to learn more about their risks, trading methods and stamp duty.

Higher Risk Investment

Financial Spread Trading and Derivatives Trading provide potential for higher returns. Paying a margin for your investments rather than the full value allows you to make larger postions. However, this type of investment is much riskier as profits and losses are magnified in exactly the same way.

Full Range of Investments

Cash
Fixed Interest Bonds & Gilts
Investment Trusts
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
Irish Stocks
UK Stocks
International Stocks
Company Warrants
Covered Warrants  
Contracts for Difference (CFDs) 
Financial Spread Trading 
Futures Trading 
Forex Trading