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There is more to the sharemarket than shares.

ASX can help you develop your investment strategy and diversify your portfolio with a wide range of products and asset classes.

Income

Tailor your investment strategy for income.

For retirees and those looking for regular income streams, there are a range of products and asset classes to help you invest for income. These include bonds, hybrid securities, warrants and strategic exchange-traded funds and managed funds.

International exposure

Get exposure to international markets via ASX quoted products.

Exchange-traded products (ETPs) including exchange-traded funds (ETFs), managed funds and mFunds offer exposure to overseas markets by investing directly in either all of the securities or a representative sample of the securities included in an international index or benchmark. The fund may target one sector or be diversified across one country or an entire region.

Sector exposure

Diversify your portfolio and gain exposure to a diverse range of securities or other asset classes.

Sector exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can help you build your portfolio to allow for increased exposure to certain industries not usually accessible to individual investors e.g. listed property while still achieving a broad diversification across companies.

Portfolio hedge / protection

Help your portfolio respond to changing market conditions.

Options have the power to protect, grow or even diversify your position, and can be used regardless of sharemarket conditions. Options can generate income in rising and falling markets and hedge against share price falls. There are options strategies for bullish, neutral and bearish markets.

Leverage

Make your money work harder by borrowing to invest.

Margin lending is a conventional route for creating a leveraged share portfolio. You can learn more about margin lending from Julie McKay ‘How borrowing to buy shares can boost your wealth’ and Cathy Kovacs ‘Borrowing to buy shares, why do it & how to do it sensibly’.

Warrants offer an alternative way to borrow to invest in some of Australia’s leading companies and a variety of other underlying assets, such as, indices, currencies, commodities and listed managed investments.

mFund

mFund Settlement Service gives you access to unlisted managed funds and allows you to buy, hold and sell units through a process similar to buying and selling shares.

Risk

More complex investment strategies can mean more complex risk.

Before trading you should ensure you fully understand the product and its specific risks, and consult your broker.