Australian shares are one of the most popular asset classes. When you buy shares – also referred to as ‘equities’ or ‘stocks’ – you are buying a portion of a company. As part owner, you can be entitled to participate in shareholders’ voting and receive dividends paid by the company.
When a company is publicly listed on a share market – also referred to as a ‘stock exchange’ – its shares can be traded through brokers such as Westpac Share Trading. The value of the shares depends on several factors, but one of the most significant is how much money the company earns or is expected to earn in the future.
Key features of a share market
The share market is a transparent and regulated marketplace through which shares in public companies are bought and sold. In Australia, two of the main exchanges are the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Chi-X Australia, which are both accessible through Westpac Online Investing.
Once you own shares in a particular company, you can sell them to other investors in the share market.
You don’t need a lot of money to get started – for example, the minimum trade on Westpac Share Trading is $500 – and trading shares can give you flexibility and control through direct ownership.
Westpac Share Trading can make buying and selling shares easy and straightforward. You can visit our platform features webpage to see how easy it is to trade with Westpac Share Trading.
Things you should know
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