Investment guide

When is a good time to invest?

Is now a good time to invest?

No one could have imagined that after strong market performance in 2019, the first few months of 2020 would have been dominated by COVID-19. Right now nothing is certain but uncertainty‘s no reason to put your future plans on hold. 

Any investment should be looked at as a medium to longer-term goal (five years or more). The sooner you start investing, the sooner your money could be working for you.

How to start investing

Some people try to ‘time the market’ – they watch how share prices are moving to find the perfect time to invest. We believe good investing is about “time in the market”, rather than “timing the market”.

Read the investment information below to help you get started and make investing part of your financial planning.

In this article we’ll explain a few investment truths, in terms that should make sense to everyone.


Seize the opportunities

By trying to time the market you can miss possible opportunities.

The right option

Is investing the right option for you?

When it comes to the potential for investment growth, timing is less of an issue than not being invested at all.

Financial planning

Investing should be part of your financial planning

Investing shouldn’t just be seen as a short cut to the potential for higher returns.

Key takeaways

  • Make sure you can afford to invest for the long term, before you invest. 
  • Make sure you’re aware of the potential highs and lows of markets, any time could be a good time to invest. 
  • It's better to consider when investing might serve your wider financial planning needs. 
  • Have patience with your investments and give them time to bear fruit.

Investing with NatWest

For help with simple and affordable investing, and to choose your investment personality, head over to NatWest Invest. There you can:
  • Choose how much to invest 
  • Choose your level of risk
  • Get help with online automated advice

Then let us help get your money working harder.

Already a NatWest Invest customer?

Log in to NatWest Invest

If you're an existing customer, log in to track the progress of your investment as and when you want with your online investment account.

Check out past fund performance

As investment returns aren’t certain, this shouldn’t be used to guide what you could get back in the future. Log in to NatWest Invest to view our investment forecast tool.

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