CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. The vast majority of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs.
You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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What is share trading?


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What is share trading?

Share trading is the buying or selling of company shares on a stock exchange. Currently there are 2 exchanges in Australia: the main one is the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and the other one is Chi-X, which launched into the Australian market in 2011. The two exchanges provide improved market liquidity and competition, which drives transaction costs down.

To buy and sell shares, investors need to open an account with a market participant or a broker. There are different types of brokers. A full-service broker can provide you with investment advice and manage your orders for a fee. Online platforms such as ThinkMarkets allow self-directed investors to place their own orders at a cost-effective brokerage fee compared to a full-service broker.

Investors in shares can receive two types of returns, capital gains via movement in share prices and income via dividend payments.

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What affects stock prices?

Share prices fluctuate constantly in the short term due to investor supply and demand. They are driven by factors like news events, performance, market fundamentals, economic factors and market sentiment. 

Download our popular guides to learn how to navigate the markets when making your investment decisions. 


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What is a dividend?

A dividend is the distribution of a portion of a company’s earnings. The dividend amount is different for each company and can change from year to year depending on the company’s earnings and pay-out ratio.

Not all companies pay dividends. Dividends are usually paid by companies that do not need to retain their full earnings to keep their business functioning. As they are typically well-established companies their share price is usually stable, compared to growth companies whose share price is prone to price fluctuations. 


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