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The share market - what's it all about?

Many Australians own shares as a way to build wealth over the long term. You could start to build a share portfolio with as little as $1,000.

What is the share market?

In a nutshell, the share market is a 'one stop shop' for anyone who wants to buy or sell shares.

How share trading works

There's more to share trading than buying and selling. Find out about the steps involved.

Managing risk and volatility

It's important to have strategies in place for managing risk and volatility.

Benefits and risks

Before starting an investment portfolio, weigh up the benefits and risks involved.

Developing an investment strategy

There are 6 steps involved in developing an investment strategy. It's important to plan ahead and consider your options.


Want to learn how IPO's work? As an investor you may be able to access shares in an IPO, either directly or via your broker.

How dividends work

Dividends are a way companies reward shareholders for investing in the company.

What else can you invest in on the share market?

The share market  allows investors to not only buy and sell shares in companies, but also a range of other investments. 

Things you should know

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