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2006 Australian Share Ownership Study
This is the tenth study in a series dating back to 1991. Conducted late last year, the 2006 Study provides the latest information on the attitudes, knowledge and behaviour of retail participants towards share investing in Australia.
As in previous years, the most recent study makes for fascinating and insightful reading. Approximately 7.3 million people or 46% of the Australian population own shares directly or indirectly via a managed fund or self-managed superannuation fund. In terms of direct share ownership, 6 million people or 38% of the Australian population were direct investors.
While some retail investors have left the market since the last Study in 2004, the results show that today’s share holders are generally more active, more sophisticated and more knowledgeable about the market than ever before. It underlines the strong level of engagement retail investors have with the market and the overall maturity of the Australian marketplace.
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