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Investing Discussion Boards

September 13, 2006

Here at the Fool we have hundreds of different discussion boards that cover virtually every subject you can think of. On the investing side, we have boards for individual companies where people can discuss what they think the prospects are for a company's shares.

However, we also have numerous boards that cover more general investing topics. Below we've listed a selection of the most popular ones. Posting your question on the most relevant discussion board is the best way to tap in to the collective knowledge of the Fool community.

Beginners

Absolute Beginners Investing
If you're completely new to investing, this board is an excellent place to start. You may also find these guides helpful, too: How, When And Where To Invest and How To Profit From Shares.

Analysing Reports & Accounts
Are you stuck with what a figure in a set of company accounts means? If so, this is the board for you. See also our annual reports guide and Free Annual Reports Service.

Ask A Foolish Question
Our original discussion board is based on the ethos that the only stupid question is the one you don't ask. It's ideal for questions where you are unsure which is the best discussion board to post on.

Investing For Children
Children can invest as well. Or, more precisely, you can invest on their behalf. This board can help you on basic legal issues to consider and on recent innovations, such as the Child Trust Fund.

Investment Clubs
Joining an investment club is a great way to start investing in the stock market. See also our Investment Club guide.

General

A fool And His Money...
Unfortunately many investors are targeted by scammers. If you're unsure about any investment scheme or want to warn others about scams you've encountered, this is the board to visit.

Communion Of Bears
Many investors like to make gloomy predictions about individual shares, sectors or the whole market. If you're one of them then this is the board to vent your pessimism!

Expat Investors
Are you counting your cash in the sun? Then join like-minded Fools on our expat board.

Gilts & Corporate Bonds
Most of our investing boards are devoted to shares. But if you're a fan of bonds then try out this discussion board.

KingMcKong's Katastrophe Korner
A highly entertaining and educational board where people confess to their greatest (investing-related) boo boos. It's said that we can all learn from our mistakes - this board helps you learn from everybody else's, too!

Paulypilot's Pub
A very active board that is mainly devoted to spotting investment opportunities among smaller companies. Although it's relaxed in its nature, as this is one of our busiest boards, please respect the convention of sticking to investing issues when the market is open.

United States, Australia/NZ, Europe, Ireland
Do you like to invest further afield than the UK? If so, then check out our various International boards.

Investing Products

Brokers
If you've got a query about how your broker has handled something or you're looking to see which broker has a good reputation for customer service, then this board is the place to go.

Index Trackers
The Fool has always been a big fan of index trackers. For more details on how they work and which ones to look at, visit this discussion board.

Investment Trusts and Unit Trusts
The best place to chat about individual investment funds and their performance.

ISAs (and PEPs)
Fools like protecting their investments from the taxman by sheltering them in ISAs. Find out more here.

SIPPs
Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) are ideal for those who want to take more control of their retirement funds.

Venture Capital
Venture capital trusts are a specialised sort of investment fund that attracts income and capital gains tax reliefs, subject to certain restrictions. Keep abreast of developments here.

Sectors

AIM Companies
The Alternative Investment Market has attracted large numbers of small companies in recent years. Companies listed on this market also enjoy certain tax breaks.

All UK Shares
If the company you want to discuss doesn't have its own dedicated discussion board then why not try this one?

Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Many investors are interested in the high-rish, high-reward potential of the drug sector. This board is the best place to discuss which companies have the brightest prospects.

Mining
Mining shares have been one of the biggest gainers of the last few years, riding on the back of rapid increases in commodity prices.

Mid Cap Movers
A board which specialised in mid-cap companies which are typically valued between £400m and £2bn and included in the FTSE 250 index. Discussion of many FTSE 100 companies also takes place here though.

Oil & Gas Companies and Market & Trends
Oil and gas shares have been enormously popular among Fool users in recent years. To ease the volume of traffic we have separate boards for discussing companies and for wider issues, such as the future direction of oil prices. Note that many individual oil companies have their own discussion boards as well.

Strategies

Ethical Investing
For Fools who prefer to invest with a conscience, our Ethical Investing board can be a useful resource.

Growth Shares
Many investors like to put their money in fast-growing companies. Discuss potential wonder shares of the future here.

High Yield Portfolio
The High Yield Portfolio is a low-maintenance investment strategy designed to produce a high and increasing level of income. For more background information, see this summary article.

Investment Psychology
Behavioural finance has become steadily more popular in recent years as academics have delved more deeply into what make prices move and why investors keep on making the same old mistakes.

Investment Strategies
If you're keen to discuss the mechanics of how to create an investment strategy, or just to comment on other people's, this board will keep you occupied into the wee hours of the morning.

Mechanical Investing
Mechanical Investing is a collective term for a type of investment strategy that involves sticking to rigid rules regarding which investments are to be bought and sold. It was more popular in the early days of the Fool but still has many dedicated fans.

Technical Analysis
If charts are your thing (they're not ours) then try out this discussion board.

Value Shares
Value investing has always been popular with our users. This board loosely follows the principles laid out in our regular value investing articles. As with many boards, it's well worth reading the board's FAQ before posting.

Value Shares List
A superb example of how the power of community can help you become a better investor. On this board, our users vote for their favourite value share, usually on a monthly basis.

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