Share investing strategies, specialties and topics

Top tips the internet has to offer on share investing

In this section, you’ll find resources and strategies relating to share investments. You’ll be able to explore shares and how to invest in them in some detail.

Shares have been traded on markets for many years and are a popular investment vehicle for investors. In one way or another, whether you own them directly or are exposed to them through your industry super fund, shares will more than likely be a significant component of your overall net worth.

Gaining an understanding of shares is important especially if you currently have or intend to have direct exposure to this asset class. Shares are often referred to as equities and there is a lot of information that has already been written on this topic.

Before you invest in shares, here’s some guidance

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Foreign exchange ‘Forex’

Foreign exchange trading MoneySmart(ASIC) Covers:

  • 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

Lessons from an analyst Jonathan Wilson, Analyst, StocksInValue March 2016

Indexes

Fundamental and Technical analysis

Company analysis

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)

Index Funds

Listed Investment Companies (LICs)

Property Trusts – Listed (REITs)

CFDs MoneySmart (ASIC)

Futures and Options MoneySmart (ASIC)

Share Trading

Not for the faint hearted!

High Frequency Trading MoneySmart (ASIC)

Seven Steps to Successful Trading by Dale Gilham – Wealth Within

Beware

Investment trading software – MoneySmart (ASIC)says:

“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.

Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)

The ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) has an online Education Centre with a lot of FREE material for both beginners and experienced investors:

Shares

Get started in shares

Share market basics

Getting into the share market (You Tube)

Marcus Padley’s blueprint for sharemarket beginners

Your investment strategy

ASX Investor Update podcasts and Newsletter

Online courses – free and start when you choose:

  • Shares

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.

  • Options

Discover how to magnify profits or protect your portfolio

  • Advancing in options

Explore multi-legged strategies (for investors with experience in options).

  • Futures

Learn about leveraged trading over a range of assets.

MoneySmart (ASIC) guides

How to Buy and Sell Shares

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:

  1. Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) – the main securities exchange in Australia
  2. Chi-X – an exchange that trades company shares already quoted on the ASX, but does not list or supervise the companies
  3. National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSXA) – a securities exchange that lists about 70 small to medium sized companies
  4. SIM Venture Securities Exchange (SIM VSE) – an exchange for innovative companies involved in the clean technology, renewable energy and bio science field
  5. 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:

  1. online or phone broking service or ‘discount’ or ‘execution only’ broker – make your own investment decisions, or
  2. 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.

Managed Funds
Australian Investors Association (AIA) Education & Resources

Shares

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.

Technical analysis – learn what technical analysis is and whether it might suit your investing style. [BiG – Contrarian view of technical analysis – A Mathematician Plays the Stockmarket]

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.”

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