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Australian Shares

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Shares, also known as stocks or equities, over time have outperformed most other asset classes and typically form a key part of both short and long term investment portfolios.  Shares’ investment benefits may include capital growth, dividend income, tax friendly treatment of dividend income and the ability to build an investment portfolio with small transaction and no holding costs.


  • Enjoy the best value brokerage of the Big Four banks as rated by clients.^ 
  • Start with as little as a $500 investment.
  • Australia's only free real-time ASX live/dynamic streaming data service available to all clients.
  • Direct Market Access (DMA) share trading to local and global stock exchanges via nabtrade’s web, mobile and active trader platforms.
  • Best execution - unlike some other brokers, nabtrade places client orders to achieve the best total consideration across both the ASX and Chi-X exchanges.  For more info click here  
  • A fully integrated cash account for domestic and international settlement or a fully integrated nabtrade margin loan.
  • An integrated linked online High Interest account.
  • Free paperless direct dividend crediting into your nabtrade cash account.
  • Access to our new global stock scanner that allows you to easily filter, sort and compare thousands of investments and return those meeting your investment criteria.
  • Free buy, sell, hold and technical research recommendations powered by the research methodologies of Morningstar, Columbine Capital, Trading Central, Thomson Reuters, Wise Owl, SmartText, Broker Consensus and nabtrade’s Research Team reports.
  • Access to nabtrade’s IPOs / company floats service.

^ Investment Trends 2015 Second Half Australia Online Broking Report, based on a survey of 13,910 investors.

Why own shares?

The main reason people buy and sell shares is to generate wealth through potential share price appreciation or income paid as dividends or both.

As with any investment, there are risks associated with trading shares.  These risks can result in capital losses on your investment.  Over the long-term, the Australian share market as a whole has gained in value and outperformed other asset classes including cash and bonds as shown in the table below.

Asset Class 1 Year 5 Years 10 Years 20 Years
Australian Shares 5.6% 6.8% 7.6% 9.8%
International Shares 15.0% 12.5% 5.5% 6.7%
Australian Bonds 9.8% 7.3% 6.5% 7.6%
Australian Listed Property 27.0% 12.2% 2.0% 7.9%
Cash 2.7% 3.8% 4.9% 5.3%

* Source - nab asset management

However, past performance does not guarantee future performance and for this reason, you as the investor should choose your investments carefully and monitor their performance so you can adjust your portfolio if required.

The ASX’s Australian Share Ownership Study shows that 6.7 million Australian’s, or 38 per cent, of the adult Australian population participated in the Australian share market in 2012.  Share holdings were either direct via services like nabtrade or via managed funds.  So share trading in Australia is a well-established and accepted way of investing to meet various financial objectives such as investing for retirement or short-term profits.


  1. Capital gains (profits) – your investments may increase in value due to factors affecting the  securities you’ve invested in and/or the overall performance of the market.
  2. Dividend income – depending on the shares you’ve selected, you may be able to generate a regular dividend income stream as cash or opt to reinvest distributions in more shares via a company Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRP).
  3. Tax credits – through dividend imputation, also referred to as franking credits, these are attached to dividends and may help to reduce your tax liability.
  4. Fractional disposal – unlike unlisted property and some other assets, you can sell a part (or all) of your shareholding to meet any urgent cash needs. You do not need to sell the whole shareholding or portfolio as you would with real-estate for example.
  5. Information transparency – all securities listed on stock exchanges are required to keep the market (including shareholders) informed about their financial health and any material (to the share price) information quickly.
  6. Legal & beneficial ownership - when you buy a share on the ASX, you own it legally and beneficially in your name (or the name of the entity you transact on behalf of – like your SMSF or company).  You are a shareholder of the company, that is, you own a part of the company.
  7. Guaranteed settlement & clean title – In Australia, we have a central clearing house called CHESS.  As long as you pay for the shares you bought or deliver the shares you sold you are guaranteed settlement and therefore ‘clean’ title to the shares.  We automatically manage the settlement process for you.  For overseas share trading and ownership, we have simplified both the transaction and settlement process by holding your international shares in a global custodian.  We do this by holding your shares in custody which means that you have full beneficial ownership of the securities and the custodian (HSBC or NAB) holds the legal title.  This ownership structure is common and means that you’re legal interests in the securities are managed by the custodian.
  8. An asset – a share you own is an asset and like many assets some of your shares can be used as security for borrowing money.  nabtrade offers a nabtrade margin loan which if suitable for you and your circumstances means that you can borrow money and use your shares as security for the loan.  For more information on nabtrade’s margin loan click here
  9. Trade anywhere, anytime – via your Internet enabled desktop, tablet, mobile device or over the phone.
  10. Integrated Total Wealth experience – nabtrade provides a free, fully integrated online Total Wealth view where you can see all your assets and accounts, including linked nab bank accounts and external assets & liabilities (such as your home, investment properties and other assets or loans) in one seamless web page.


  1. Capital loss - you may experience capital losses on your investments due to factors affecting the overall performance of the market and/or the companies you’ve selected.
  2. Liquidity risk – although rare, the risk that there may not be a buyer when you wish to sell your shares or the company’s shares may be suspended from trading.
  3. Increased tax liability – you may be required to pay Capital Gains Tax if you sell your shares for a profit and/or additional income tax on trading profits and dividend income received.
  4. Liability beyond your initial investment – although not applicable to ordinary shares, you may be liable for losses beyond your initial investment capital for certain types of investments such as, but not limited to: Partly Paid Securities, some Warrants and Options.
  5. FX or foreign exchange movement risks – the value of your share investments may be affected by changes in FX rates.  This may happen where the company has receipts or costs in one or more foreign currencies or where the share is traded on a foreign market and a different currency is required to trade/settle it.

Tools and Resources 

nabtrade provides educational material and links to resources at the following locations.

Share education information

 Products - Shares - click here

 Getting Started in shares -  PDF - 937KB

nabtrade YouTube channel - click here  

nabtrade’s public Insights & Ideas section - click here

How to invest in shares with nabtrade

  1. Open a nabtrade account - click here
  2. If you chose to fund your trades with a cash account, transfer funds via a linked nab account, BPay or direct credit from another institutions' account or if you selected a nabtrade margin loan, you may transfer securities or cash to the loan account – click here to learn how.
  3. Login to nabtrade from, choose your investment using nabtrade’s market data, news and research services and buy or sell using the Order Pad.


* Equity trades up to and including $5,000 are $14.95 (incl GST) per online trade. For trades over $5,000, brokerage is $19.95 (incl GST) per online trade (up to and including $20,000). Over this amount, brokerage of 0.11% of trade value per online trade applies. For more details on fees and charges refer to the nabtrade Financial Services Guide.