|Learn the basics|
A share is a part ownership in a company. Owning shares in a company allows you to profit from the its success, as a part owner.
The benefits of owning shares
As companies earn profits from their business, these profits are returned to their investors in 2 ways:
Share investment involves a range of risks. These include:
On average the higher the expected risk, the higher the expected benefits.
How do I get started?
There are several ways you can start investing in shares. The two main options are:
Direct investment is ideal if you have the time and interest to manage your own investments. By investing directly in shares you are responsible for:
This will involve at least a few hours every month.
Managed funds offer a way to invest, without the hassle doing it yourself. This option is ideal if you have limited time, money and interest to manage your own investments. This is how it works:
You may also prefer a combination of both. Combining both options allows you to pick a few stocks while having the rest of your funds professionally managed.