How to Invest and Grow Wealth With Shares in Australia

Learn everything you need to know to begin investing in ASX and international shares, and make money from the stock market

Want more than what your bank can give you? Perhaps you’re already keen to invest but don’t know where to start? Or you know you really want to invest but you think right now is “too risky”?

Let us walk you through all your questions!

As Naval Ravikant has said before: ‘Making money is not a thing that you do – it’s a skill that you learn’.

Start learning with Selfwealth and take charge of your wealth creation journey. We cover all the basics with our video tutorials on how to start investing and our most popular learning articles. You can also explore our various content categories and expand your knowledge of the market and stocks.

Over 128,000 Australian investors trust us with more than $8.7 billion in assets.

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Selfwealth is publicly listed on the ASX (ASX: SWF)

What You Will Learn

These five videos contain all the basic info you need to start your wealth building journey. By starting with these fundamental principles, you’re already a few steps ahead of the pack. So, what do you think? Is it time to boost your earning potential?

1. Investing vs trading: what’s the difference?

2. Five things you need to know before investing

3. Growth or dividend income?

4. How to build your portfolio

5. Sharpening your investment edge

6. Tutorial: how to buy shares on Selfwealth

Investing Vs. Trading: What's the Difference?

ASX studies report that many local investors don’t know how the share market works. In reality, it’s not too hard to grasp: a share is a part ownership of a business, and the market is a place where people exchange those pieces of ownership. One easy way to get into the right mindset is to think of it as “the business market”, rather than the share market.

Traders and investors are motivated by different factors, but the main difference is how they use the market.

In this video, Owen Rask explains these distinctions and outlines other key terminology you need to know before setting off on your investment journey.



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What is a share?

A share represents a small portion of a company or corporation. The public can buy and own shares in a company to become shareholders.

Is it safe for beginners to invest in stocks and shares?

It’s important to understand that all forms of investment carry risk. Even within the share market, there are high-risk investments, while others are considered more conservative. The more you educate yourself on the nature of the market, the greater your ability will be to mitigate risk. However, you need to begin your journey with the understanding that it’s possible to lose money on shares, and never invest more than you could afford to lose.

Are stock investing apps safe?

We can’t speak for other platforms, but we can assure you that Selfwealth is safe and secure beyond industry standard. With us, you’re using a CHESS-sponsored trading platform, which means all your shares actually belong to you. Your cash is securely tucked away in a trust with ANZ, in which you’re named as the beneficiary. Selfwealth cannot access your funds. We also offer two-factor authentication, which makes your account extra secure.

Is it worth investing in small amounts?

It sure is! And the earlier you start investing the better. Thanks to the nature of compounding interest, even a small investment can grow if you’re patient. There are many different ways to invest, but investing small amounts over a long period is a great idea.

What are the best stock market investments?

There’s no definitive answer to this question, since the stock market is so fluid. It’s for this reason that investors seek to diversify their portfolios, as diversification can reduce market risk. The more you learn about the market, the greater your ability will be to pick the best investments for you at any one time.

How do I choose stock investments?

First, you need to figure out what kind of investor you are, your goals, and your risk tolerance. These are the lenses through which you will view potential investments.

What stocks should I invest in?

Since everyone’s personal situation and desired outcomes are different, your answer to this question will be unique. Our mission is to give you the tools you need to figure out which investments are best for you. By utilising the educational resources available through Selfwealth, you’ll be able to figure it out for yourself.

Can I open a brokerage account to buy US stocks if I live outside the US?

Absolutely. Selfwealth is an Australian company designed to help Australians invest in a diverse range of securities listed on the ASX, NYSE, and Nasdaq, including: Australian Ordinary Shares, Australian Listed Property Shares, Australian Listed Investment Company shares (LICs), Australian Listed Debt Securities, Australian Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Exchange-Traded Australian Government Bonds (eAGBs), US Ordinary Shares, US ETFs, US Notes and American Depository Receipts (ADRs).


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