Taking your first steps with investing needn’t be a frightening experience if you know what’s involved. Shares has created a step-by-step guide covering all the main points you need to think about. It also suggests five funds to start your investment journey.

Also this week: the investors queuing up to buy stock from Woodford’s suspended fund; and proposals for a new fund structure that could lock up your money for longer.

Read part two of Shares’ ESG investing guide which includes its favourite active and passive funds to play different ESG themes.

You can also read about Royal Mail, Tesco, Carnival, cutting funeral costs and why gold is soaring.