The 'Getting started in shares' online course is the perfect primer for first-time investors and a useful refresher for active investors. Its 10 modules cover the basics of share trading, how to invest and how to track share performance.
  • 1. What is a share?

    Learn what a share is, how the sharemarket works and how to buy and sell shares.
    Estimated time to complete: 10mins.
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  • 2. Why and how to invest

    This module looks at the reasons people invest in shares, the main types of investment assets and how to start investing. You will also learn how to make an investment plan and find your risk comfort level.
    Estimated time to complete: 10mins.
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  • 3. Risks and benefits of shares

    Share prices can go down and well as up; discover why in this module. You will also learn about the key benefits and risks of shares, and find out about dividends and franking credits.
    Estimated time to complete: 10mins.
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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 compare them. This module looks at the main evaluation methods.
    Estimated time to complete: 15mins.
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  • 5. How to buy and sell shares

    This module looks in detail at buying and selling shares. It explains how to choose a broker; how to buy and sell shares; the trade settlement process and CHESS; and how to transfer shares off-market.
    Estimated time to complete: 15mins.
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  • 6. Record keeping

    This module provides a step-by-step guide to common record-keeping practices used by investors. It also looks at reading the financial press, and describes the different types of shares.
    Estimated time to complete: 15mins.
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  • 7. Market indices and market sectors

    Keeping track of your investments is easier if you understand sharemarket jargon. This module describes what the 'All Ordinaries' is and how to follow market performance using indicies.
    Estimated time to complete: 15mins.
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  • 8. Sharemarket investment strategies

    Investment strategies vary from investor to investor, but almost all strategies rely on understanding the broader economic picture. This module explains how the economy affects the sharemarket, suggests some investment strategies, and details the pros and cons of investing directly or via a managed fund.
    Estimated time to complete: 15mins.
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  • 9. Fundamental analysis

    Being able to assess a company's financial position and future prospects is an important investment skill. This module introduces the concepts of fundamental analysis.
    Estimated time to complete: 15mins.
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  • 10. Technical analysis

    Every picture tells a story, and sharemarket price charts are no different. This module explains the basics of analysing different types of price charts, as well as concepts such as moving averages, trend analysis, and support and resistance lines.
    Estimated time to complete: 15mins.
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