Important legal information
Steps to Investing delivers information and provides education; it does not offer investment advice.
The information provided on this website is for general information only and is not intended to be relied upon by individual readers and users of this website in making or not making any investment decisions.
Please take a moment to read these terms and conditions, which govern your use of this website.
Please check these Terms and Conditions regularly for changes. Your continued use of this website after these Terms and Conditions have changed will confirm your agreement to the revised Terms and Conditions.
This website contains materials designed for UK investors only.
Please note the following in your use of this website:
- If after accessing this website or attending an event you decide to make an investment in any of the investment products or services mentioned on this website, you should visit the fund manager’s website and make sure you are happy with the risks involved.
- Tax assumptions and reliefs depend upon your particular circumstances and may change if those circumstances or the law change.
- Nothing on any part of this website is intended to be or should be understood as being investment advice.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Steps to Investing and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose.
Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
Intellectual property rights and use of content
Copyrights, trademarks, logos, service marks, trade names, or other intellectual property displayed on, or used in conjunction with, this website are proprietary to Steps to Investing and its Partners. The content of this website is protected by applicable intellectual property law; Steps to Investing reserves all rights with respect to intellectual property ownership of all material on this website, and will enforce such rights to the full extent permissible by law. Other company products and services, names and logos used and displayed on this website may be trademarks or service marks owned by others. Nothing on this website should be construed as granting any license or right to use any of these trademarks without the prior written permission in each instance of the owner(s) of such other trademarks. This website also contains text, software, graphics, images, and other material protected by copyrights or other proprietary rights and laws (collectively, the “Proprietary Material”), owned by Steps to Investing or its licensors. Any use of such Proprietary Material other than as permitted herein is expressly prohibited without the prior permission of Steps to Investing and/or the relevant rights holder in writing.
Normally, we are happy for you to download or print copies of a reasonable amount of the information contained on this website for your personal use.
Please note that you may not otherwise use the name of any Steps to Investing company nor the name ‘Steps to Investing’ itself, nor any Steps to Investing trademark, logo or design without our consent.
Third Party Content
This website contains or link to content which is generated by third parties. However, we do not approve this third party content and so we are not responsible or liable for that content or for the consequences of your use of it.
Any content provided third party fund management groups will be signposted as such, and approved by them for use on Steps to Investing.
Links to Other Websites
Nothing in these Terms and Conditions operates to exclude or restrict any liability which we are obliged by applicable laws or regulation to accept.
Our responsibility to you
We will always endeavour to provide a reliable and secure website. However, the internet is an imperfect medium and is susceptible to interruption and error. In particular, messages sent electronically may not be secure. We recommend that you do not send any confidential information to us via electronic methods. If you choose to send any confidential information to us this way, you do so at your own risk and in the knowledge that a third party may intercept this information.
The website may occasionally be unavailable for maintenance or other reasons. Where this happens, we regret any inconvenience caused but we are not responsible for any losses arising from this unavailability.
We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under a contract that is caused by any act or circumstance outside our reasonable control.
Further, Steps to Investing will be liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential loss suffered by any person in connection with the use of this website.
Whilst we believe that the information contained on this website is accurate, we do not guarantee its accuracy or completeness and we disclaim all representations and warranties of any kind in respect of that information. Please conduct your own checks on any information obtained from this website before relying or acting upon it in any way.
Who we are and how to get in touch
If you have any queries or complaints regarding this website or these Terms and Conditions, please do contact us at [email protected] .
This website is issued in the UK by Steps to Investing Limited (also referred to throughout these Terms and Conditions as ‘we’ or ‘us’).
At Steps to Investing, maintaining your privacy is important to us and we take precautions to safeguard your information. After all your relationship with us is built on trust and our goal is to preserve that trust. This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to your information; in other words, where we determine the purpose and means of the processing of that information. This policy sets out the basis on which your information is collected, stored and used by us.
1. Who we are and how to contact us
2. Information we collect
By “information” we mean all of the personal information about you that we collect, use, share and store. Most of the information collected by us is information which you have provided to us directly when you sign up online to receive information from us.
Information we collect from you when you visit and/or request to receive information from our website (by way of a non-exhaustive list):
- Personal contact information (e.g. first name, family name, email address); and
- How you access and use our website or other digital services (e.g. your IP address, your location, the device and software being used, pages visited, content viewed, links and buttons clicked through).
Information that we collect or generate about you includes (by way of a non-exhaustive list):
- The Steps to Investing services or products which you have engaged with and our interactions with you; and
If you become a subscriber to Steps to Investing, in addition to the above, we may also collect or generate additional information about you. This includes (by way of a non-exhaustive list):
- Information received via a third party to sign up;
- Background checks including information from social media; and
In addition to the categories of information described above, Steps to Investing will also process further anonymised information and data that is not processed by reference to a specific individual. Your information may be converted into statistical or aggregated data which cannot be used to re-identify you. It may then be used to produce statistical research and reports which may be shared within Steps to Investing.
3. How and why we use your information
We process your information to the extent necessary for us to carry out marketing and events, provide communications to you and for other legitimate purposes permitted by applicable law. Your information may be stored and processed by us in the following ways and for the following purposes (by way of a non-exhaustive list):
- understanding your needs and interests;
- allowing you to use and access the functionality provided by our website services;
- where you are an event delegate, to put you on our news and event email list and send marketing emails to you (unless you choose to opt out);
- communicating with you, where you have requested or consented, regarding any product or service or any other situation where you have engaged us to provide you with information;
- investigating any complaint, dispute and/or any concerns relating to your account and or activity on your account;
- maintaining a register of subscribers;
- managing and administering our business;
- complying and assessing compliance with applicable law, rules and regulations and internal policies and procedures;
- administering and maintaining databases that store information;
- anonymisation that enables us to undertake market research, analysis and developing statistics from information that is not referenced to a specific individual;
- for marketing communications (where it is lawful for us to do so and where you have not objected to the use of your information for these purposes);
- to deal with requests from you to exercise your rights under data protection laws.
Whenever we use information, we make sure that the usage complies with all applicable laws. Data protection laws require us to have one or more of the following reasons:
‘Legal obligation’ – we are required by law to process your information (e.g. to verify your identity).
‘Legitimate interest’- we’re allowed to use your information where, on balance, the benefits of us doing so are legitimate and not outweighed by your interests or legal rights (e.g. we have an interest in knowing what our subscribers do and don’t like so we can offer better products and services).
‘Consent’- in some cases we may obtain your consent to use information in a particular way or where the law requires consent to be obtained (Whenever ‘consent’ is the only reason for us using the information you have the right to change your mind and change or withdraw your consent).
4. Sharing of your information
We may share your information within Steps to Investing for the purposes described above. All of our employees and contractors are required to follow our data privacy and security policies when handling information.
We may also share your information outside of Steps to Investing under the following circumstances.
Legal obligations: we share information: (i) to the extent that we are required to do so by applicable law, by a governmental body or by a law enforcement agency, or for crime prevention purposes (including fraud protection); (ii) in connection with any legal proceedings (including prospective legal proceedings); or (iii) in order to establish or defend our legal rights.
Consent: when you request that we share your information with someone else.
Business sale: if we sell some or all of our business or assets we may need to disclose your information to a prospective buyer for due diligence purposes. If we are acquired by a third party, the information held by us about you will be disclosed to the third party buyer.
5. Your rights
You have the following rights under data protection laws within the EU. In most cases you can exercise them free of charge.
You have the right to:
- be informed about the processing of your information;
- have your information corrected if it is inaccurate and to have incomplete information completed;
- object to or restrict processing of your information. Please note that there may be circumstances where you object to, or ask us to restrict our processing of your information but we are legally entitled to refuse that request;
- withdraw your consent to processing of your information at any time. Please note, however, that we may still be entitled to process your information if we have another legitimate reason for doing so (e.g. we may need to retain information to comply with a legal obligation);
- have your information erased in certain circumstances. Please note that there may be circumstances where you ask us to erase your information but we are legally entitled to retain it;
- request access to your information and to obtain information about how we process it;
- move, copy or transfer your information;
- receive some information in a structured commonly used and machine-readable format and/or request that we transmit that data to a third party where technically feasible. Please note that this right only applies to information which you have provided directly to Steps to Investing and may not always apply;
- lodge a complaint with the relevant data protection regulator if you think any of your rights have been infringed by us; and
- be informed how your information is used in relation to automated decision making which has a legal effect on or otherwise significantly affects you.
Please note that if you withdraw your consent for the future processing of your information we may be unable to send you some marketing communications or information regarding events provided by Steps to Investing. Additionally note, when we send you marketing, you will always be provided with an option to unsubscribe or opt out of receiving further marketing from us.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights above please contact us at [email protected]
In the EU, you have the right to complain to the data protection regulator in your jurisdiction. As we are a UK business, you can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office which enforces data protection laws: https://ico.org.uk/.
6. Storage, transfers and retention
The information that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (the “EEA”). It may be processed by staff operations outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our service providers.
Where we transfer your information to another country outside the EEA, we will ensure that it is protected and transferred in a manner consistent with legal requirements. In relation to information being transferred outside of the EEA, for example, this may be done in one of the following ways:
the country that we send the information to might be approved by the European Commission as offering an adequate level of protection for information;
the recipient might have signed up to a contract based on “model contractual clauses” approved by the European Commission, obliging them to protect your information;
the country that we send the information to may subscribe to an “international framework” intended to enable secure data sharing;
where the recipient is located in the US, it might be a certified member of the EU-US Privacy Shield scheme; or
in other circumstances the law may permit us to otherwise transfer your information outside the EEA.
You can obtain more details of the protection given to your information when it is transferred outside the EEA (including a copy of the standard data protection clauses which we have entered into with recipients of your information) by contacting us via email at [email protected]
We will retain information as needed to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our business requirements, legal obligations, resolve disputes, protect our assets, and enforce our agreements. We will not retain your information for longer than is reasonably necessary.
We have physical, administrative, procedural and technical safeguards in place to protect your information from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. We also contractually require that our third party service providers protect such information to the standard required in the EEA. We regularly adapt these controls to respond to changing requirements and advances in technology.
As a condition of employment, the Steps to Investing team are required to follow all applicable laws and regulations, including data protection laws. Access to sensitive information is limited to those employees who need it to perform their roles. Unauthorised use or disclosure of confidential client information by a Steps to Investing employee is prohibited and may result in disciplinary measures.
8. Making changes to this information
We’ll keep this information up to date and it will always be available at www.stepstoinvesting.com or on request at any time.
We collect information about your computer including your Internet Protocol address (“IP address”), operating system, browser type, pages visited and average time spent on our websites. We use this information for a variety of purposes, such as maintaining the security of your online session, online advertising of our products and services, facilitating site navigation, improving our websites’ design and functionalities, and personalising your experience. On their own cookies do not contain or reveal any personally identifiable information. However, if you choose to furnish us with any personal information, this information can be associated with the data collected by the cookies.
2. Types of cookies we use
Strictly necessary cookies: Generally these cookies will be essential first party session cookies and are required for the operation of our website.
Analytical/performance cookies: These cookies can be first or third party, session or persistent cookies. To fall within this category their usage typically is limited to performance and website improvement. These cookies don’t collect any information that could be used to identify you – all the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve the performance of our websites. A first party example is a cookie that allows us to both count visitors and see how visitors navigate our websites. This helps us improve the way our websites work (e.g. improve the usability to ensure visitors easily find what they want).
Functional cookies: These cookies can be first party or third party, session or persistent cookies. These cookies allow us to provide you with a more personal experience so that you do not have to reset your preferences each time you visit one or more of our websites. To deliver a more personal experience, they enable us to personalise content for you, greet you by name, and remember your preferences (e.g. your choice of language or region).
Targeting cookies : These cookies can be first party or third party. They will always be persistent but time-limited cookies. Targeting cookies are used to send you relevant information and see which content you use. They do this by recording your visits to our websites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We then use the information collected to tailor both our website and the relevance of our advertising displayed to your interests. In order to make our advertising displayed more relevant, we provide the information collected to advertising networks. Please note these cookies do not contain any of your personal or financial information.
3. Cookies we use
The following cookies may be placed on your computer or device by us:
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|Steps to Investing||wp-settings-[UID]
|Used to customize the view of the interface of the website. The value represented by [UID] is the individual user ID of the user as given to them in the users database table.||Strictly necessary||1 year|
|Steps to Investing||wordpress_[hash]||WordPress cookie that stores authentication details. Its use is limited to the Administration Screen area, /wp-admin/.||Strictly necessary||Session|
|Steps to Investing||wordpress_logged_in_[hash]
|WordPress cookie for a logged in user. It indicates when the user is logged in, and their information.||Strictly necessary||Session|
|Steps to Investing||wordpress_test_cookie||WordPress test cookie to check if the cookies are enabled on the browser.||Strictly necessary||Session|
|Steps to Investing||__distillery||Cookie set by Wistia to support video functionality that may be found throughot the website. In addition to keeping track of the website visitor’s position in a video should playback be interrupted, this cookie also notes user behavior regarding the video itself.||Functionality||1 year|
|Steps to Investing||_gcl_au||Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services.||Targeting / Advertising||4 months|
|Steps to Investing||Google Analytics
|We use these cookies to collect information about how visitors use our websites. We use the information to compile reports to help us improve our websites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to our websites, how they came to our websites and the pages they visited.||Analytical / Performance||Different expiration times (from session to 2 years)|
|Steps to Investing||cookie-consent-status||Checks if the user has accepted the Cookie consent dialog||Strictly necessary||1 year|
|We use these cookies to collect anonymous visitor data to measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns and to tailor advertisements based on a visitor’s prior visits to our websites.||Targeting / Advertising||Different expiration times (from one week to 20 years)|
4. Managing cookies
The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other web-enabled devices are typically set up to accept cookies. You can manage cookies that are placed on your browser by activating the setting on your internet browser that allows you to refuse the setting of some or all cookies.
We understand that some internet browsers have incorporated ‘Do Not Track’ features. Most of these features, when turned on, send a signal or preference to the websites you visit indicating that you do not wish to be tracked. This is different from blocking or deleting cookies, as browsers with a ‘Do Not Track’ feature enabled may still accept cookies. Our websites do not currently recognise and respond to ‘Do Not Track’ requests.
First and third party cookies – whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the domain placing the cookie. First party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the visitor at the time – the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the visitor. If a visitor visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.
Session cookies —these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a visitor during a browser session. A browser session starts when a visitor opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted
Persistent cookies – these cookies remain on a visitor’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. On the date specified in the expiration, the cookie will be removed from the visitor’s disk unless deleted before by the visitor.