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Canstar News - June 24th
The All Ordinaries Index finished at 6,734 points (up 1.53%) and the S&P/ASX 200 at 6,651 points (up 1.48% on the previous week's close), almost eclipsing the October 2007 highs of 6,779.1 and 6,754.1 points respectively....– Read more
Canstar News - June 17th
The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 and the broader All Ordinaries both closed 1.7% higher at 6,554 points and 6,634 points, respectively last week. Leading sector gains were the mining-related materials (up by more than 5%) thanks to a...– Read more
Canstar News - June 10th
The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.75% higher at 6,444 points last week, while the broader All Ordinaries index rose 0.53% to 6,525 points. AMP Capital Chief Economist Shane Oliver said the RBA's decision to cut the cash...– Read more
Investor Hub - June 5th
International trading can give investors access to investment opportunities that aren’t typically available in Australia. The NASDAQ and S&P 500, in particular, can open investors up to global brands like Apple, Netflix and Google. So, it’s no wonder some Australian investors are choosing to invest in US stock markets.– Read more
Canstar News - June 3rd
The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.92% lower at 6,397 points last week, while the broader All Ordinaries index fell 0.81% to 6,492 points. The energy sector took the biggest hit, dropping by about 6.5% last week,...– Read more
Online share trading is buying and selling shares in listed companies over the internet. It has given the ability to invest in the share market to anyone with a computer or smartphone connected to the internet.
When you buy a share in a company, you become a shareholder and you own a small part of that company. You will receive a share of the company’s profits as a dividend if the company does well, and you’ll have the right to vote at company meetings if you own the right type of share. However, if the company does poorly your shares are no longer worth as much, so you have effectively ‘lost’ the money you paid for them.
As a nation, Australia is buying and selling more shares online than ever before. The Investment Trends 2014 Second Half Online Broking Report, based on a survey of 11,879 traders and investors, showed that the number of active online share traders increased from 585,000 in June to 595,000 in November.
With over 2,000 companies listed on the Australian share market alone, there are plenty of investment options to choose from. Here at CANSTAR, we can’t tell you what to invest in, but we can tell you about trading platforms that offer outstanding value for money. Visit our website to compare online share trading platforms.
As with any other type of investment, online share trading offers some specific advantages. You should seek independent, professional financial advice tailored to your personal financial situation before making any investment decisions. Ask your adviser about the pros and cons for you specifically if you were to invest in shares. Some possible benefits are as follows.
You know the old saying, ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ It is still great advice when it comes to investing. The right balance of cash, shares, and property can give you the best returns depending on your personal risk profile.
According to the ASX 2015 long-term investing report, for the first time in decades, international shares have overtaken ASX shares as the best performing asset class over the 10 years studied (to December 2014). However, previous year’s long-term reports have shown terrific long-term performance from Australian shares, and as the 2015 report points out, a 20-year view shows Australian shares are a clear winner, along with Australian residential property.
So despite a short-term drop, Australian share trading is still looking pretty good over the long-term view. Click here to see our comparison of how various asset classes have performed over the past