Avoiding these common pitfalls could be a key to long-term investment success.
1. Too many eggs in one basket
6. Paying too much tax
Quite simply, the less tax you pay on your investments, the higher your returns will be. Fortunately the government offers a number of tax breaks to encourage investment. Two of the most popular are ISAs and pensions.
Pensions offer similar tax benefits to ISAs, with a few important extras. Firstly when you add money to a pension you receive income tax relief, at a rate that depends on how much income tax you pay. So, for example, if you are a higher rate tax payer you could receive up to 40% tax relief on any contributions you make. It's also worth remembering that with pensions you can't access your capital until you retire. When you do, up to 25% can be taken as a tax free lump sum, with the remainder used to provide you with a taxable income in retirement.