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In this section, you’ll find resources and strategies relating to share (otherwise known as ‘equities’) investing. You’ll be able to explore shares, the different types and how to invest in them. Shares and other types of assets are also covered in Wealth creation and Analysts and Commentators
Shares have been traded on markets for decades. You can own them directly and if you’ve got superannuation, chances are your fund has some.
Gaining an understanding of shares is important especially if you currently have or intend to have direct exposure to this asset class.
Before you invest in shares, here’s some guidance
MoneySmart (ASIC) guides | Buying and Selling Shares, Finding a Broker
On a share exchange
There are five public share exchanges in Australia. Four of them directly supervise the companies that issue the shares that trade on their markets. The fifth exchange, Chi-X, currently only provides the infrastructure for trading shares already quoted on the ASX.
The five exchanges:
- Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) – the main securities exchange in Australia
- Chi-X – an exchange that trades company shares already quoted on the ASX, but does not list or supervise the companies
- National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSXA) – a securities exchange that lists about 70 small to medium sized companies
- SIM Venture Securities Exchange (SIM VSE) – an exchange for innovative companies involved in the clean technology, renewable energy and bio science field
- Asia Pacific Stock Exchange (APX) – a securities exchange with a focus on growth oriented companies from the Asia-Pacific region”
Using a broker
Important considerations by ASX
2 types of brokers:
- online or phone broking service or ‘discount’ or ‘execution only’ broker – make your own investment decisions, or
- full service broker – they provide advice and recommendations
Find a broker
The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) find a broker tool
Check if the broker uses dark pools or internalisation to execute trades, as this may have an impact on the price you pay for shares.
Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) | Online Education Centre and many Resources
Getting into the share market (You Tube)
Online courses – free and start when you choose:
Our most popular course. Covers shares, analysis techniques and strategies.
- Bonds and hybrids
Learn about securing a regular income stream from bonds and hybrids.
- Australian Government Bonds
Find out about one of the lowest-risk investments available.
- Exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products
Learn how to build a portfolio with a single trade. Updated course now covers fixed income ETFs.
- Warrants and instalments
Learn about using leverage to boost returns and dividends.
Discover how to magnify profits or protect your portfolio
- Advancing in options
Explore multi-legged strategies (for investors with experience in options).
Learn about leveraged trading over a range of assets.
Australian Investors Association (AIA) | Education & Resources
Understanding shares – Before you jump in and buy your first share it is important to understand the basics – different types, pros and cons, franking credits and ASX sectors.
Mechanics of share investing – gain a practical understanding of the mechanics of share investing including how to buy and sell, choosing a broker, initial public offerings and corporate actions.
Fundamental analysis – learn more about fundamental analysis including fundamental investing strategies that might be right for you.
Combining fundamental & technical analysis – learn more about the practicalities of combining fundamental and technical analysis in your investment strategy.
Getting started with shares – use this section as a ‘check list’ to help you get started, including investment plans, paper trading and sources of information.
Exchange traded funds – find out what ETFs are and how they might be used in an investment portfolio.
Listed investment companies – find out how LICs are a great way to gain market exposure when you are first starting out or as part of your long-term investment strategy.
Derivatives – gain an understanding of how derivatives may be used as an investment on their own or as a mechanism to strategically protect your portfolio.”
Beware | Share trading software and bogus claims
“Some investment trading software programs suggest you can make lots of money through active share trading. Be careful about believing such claims.
Here are some home truths about these programs that are often sold in investment seminars.
Foreign exchange ‘Forex’
- What is forex trading?
- Risks of forex trading.
- Dealing with forex providers.
- Is forex trading right for you?
- Forex trading software programs, seminars and courses.
Shares and the stock market in general
- Understanding the All Ordinaries shares index gives an investment edge by Anthony Keane Daily Telegraph
Fundamental and Technical analysis
- Four classic mistakes in company analysis by Michael Kemp
Online stockbroking scams by MoneySmart (ASIC)
How to find good growth stocks – Elite Wealth
How many stocks should you hold? Dale Gilham
Managed Funds (not listed on ASX) – retail, wholesale, superannuation
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
- Four Tips or First Time Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Investors by Share Wealth Systems
- Manage your own ’Balanced’ Super fund using index ETFs by Gary Stone
- (US) Forget the lottery invest in billionaire ETF?
Listed Investment Companies (LICs)
Property Trusts – Listed (REITs)
CFDs MoneySmart (ASIC)
Futures and Options MoneySmart (ASIC)
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