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Shares

Learn about the essentials of investing in shares.

This tutorial gives you a quick understanding of how the sharemarket works and what you will need to start trading.  If you wish to view more short videos check out our “Get the basics” page.

If you prefer longer courses – the courses below are suitable for first-time investors, or as a refresher for active investors. We welcome your feedback.

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1. What is a share?

Learn about what a share is, what the sharemarket is and how you can buy and sell shares.

Estimated time to complete: 10mins.

What is a share? - text version (pdf 518.96KB)

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2. Why and how to invest

Learning how to invest is an important skill. This module looks at the reasons people invest in shares, the main investment areas and how to start investing. Learn the key features of an investment plan including how to analyse the risk you are comfortable with.

Estimated time to complete: 10mins.

Why and how to invest - text version (pdf 459.00KB)

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3. Risks and benefits of shares

Shares present benefits as well as risks. Learn about these important considerations as well as some insights into why share prices go up and down. Find out what dividends are and how franking credits work.

Estimated time to complete: 10mins.

Risks and benefits of shares - text version (pdf 567.73KB)

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4. What to consider in an investment

Evaluating investment opportunities is easier if you use a standard set of criteria to measure and compare them. This module looks at the main methods of investment evaluation.

Estimated time to complete: 15mins.

What to consider in an investment - text version (pdf 407.83KB)

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5. How to buy and sell shares

This module looks in detail at the process of buying and selling shares. It explores choosing a stockbroker, buying and selling shares, settlement of your trade, CHESS, and off-market transfer of shares.

Estimated time to complete: 15mins.

How to buy and sell shares - text version (pdf 521.76KB)

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6. Trading simulation

It's time to practise what you have learnt. Use this course to practice the steps in researching shares and placing orders to buy shares with your stockbroker.

Estimated time to complete: 15mins.

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7. Record keeping

As an investor in the sharemarket you will need to follow some simple record keeping practices. This module steps you through this process. The module will also look at reading the financial press and describes the different types of shares that can be traded.

Estimated time to complete: 15mins.

Record keeping - text version (pdf 417.92KB)

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8. Market indices and market sectors

Keeping track of your share portfolio is easier if you understand the language of the sharemarket. This module describes what the All Ordinaries is and how to follow the market using the sharemarket indices.

Estimated time to complete: 15mins.

Market indices and market sectors - text version (pdf 545.46KB)

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9. Sharemarket investment strategies

There are a number of different approaches to investing in the sharemarket. This module introduces the importance of understanding the sharemarket's context in the broader economy. The module also details the pros and cons of investing directly or via a managed fund.

Estimated time to complete: 15mins.

Sharemarket investment strategies - text version (pdf 643.60KB)

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10. Fundamental analysis

Annual reports, balance sheet analysis, dividend yield, PE ratio - learning to assess a company's financials is an important skill. This module introduces the concepts of fundamental analysis.

Estimated time to complete: 15mins.

Fundamental analysis - text version (pdf 636.28KB)

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11. Technical analysis

Every picture tells a story - sharemarket price charts can be a valuable tool for assisting your investment decisions. Technical analysis is the study of price charts. This module will introduce learners to different chart types, moving averages, support and resistance lines.

Estimated time to complete: 15mins.

Technical analysis - text version (pdf 513.92KB)