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About Australian shares

When you buy shares in a company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), you become a shareholder and part owner of that company.

The main reason people buy and sell shares is to generate wealth through potential share price appreciation or additional income through dividend payments, or both. With your shareholding, you also gain rights such as the right to vote on executive pay and proposed mergers, and the right to participate in capital raisings.

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 sharemarket as a whole has gained in value and outperformed other asset classes including cash and bonds as shown in the table. However, past performance is not indicative of future performance.

Performance of Australian shares over time

Asset class 1 year 5 years 10 years 15 years
Australian shares1 20.49% 11.10% 4.32% 8.31%
International shares2 15.73% 16.27% 4.81% 3.75%
Australian bonds3 2.09% 5.05% 6.15% 6.06%
Australian listed property4 6.31% 16.87% 0.48% 6.26%
Cash5 1.94% 2.30% 2.65% 4.51%

Sources: FactSet. One-year returns are total returns from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. 5, 10 and 15 year returns are average annual compound returns to 31 March 2017. 1S&P/ASX Accumulation 200 Index. 2MSCI World Index NR (unhedged). 3Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+Y Index. 4S&P/ASX 300 A-REIT Accumulation Index. 5Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+Y Index.          

Benefits

Capital gains

If your shares increase in value you may be able to realise a capital gain.

Dividend income

Many companies pay regular dividends, allowing you to generate an income stream. Some companies also provide franking credits along with their dividends, which can help reduce the income tax payable.

Liquidity

You can generally transact in shares quickly and more cost-effectively than other investments such as property.

Risks

Volatility

While shares offer the potential for relatively high returns, share prices can fluctuate due to market forces. 

Liquidity risk

There may be instances where you’re unable to sell your shares due to very low trading volumes or if a company enters a trading halt.

Credit risk

Shares rank at the bottom of a company’s capital structure. This means that in the event of bankruptcy, shareholders are the last in line to be paid out.

 

FAQs

Popular Australian shares held by nabtrade clients

BHP:ASX
TLS:ASX
WES:ASX
ANZ:ASX
CBA:ASX
NAB:ASX
WBC:ASX
CSL:ASX
Note: Data shown has a 20 minute delay.

Pricing

  • Brokerage
  • Trade size
  • $5,000
  • $10,000
  • $20,000
  • $50,000

Next steps Get started with nabtrade

Every new nabtrade customer receives:

  • A domestic trading account
  • An international trading account
  • An integrated cash account

Additional service options include:

  • nabtrade High Interest Account
  • nabtrade IRESS Trader/ViewPoint
  • NAB investment lending solutions
  • Self Managed Super Fund setup and management services

Get started today

1. Apply online - Complete our online application form - you can select from an Individual, Joint, Company or SMSF/Trust account.

2. Add cash to your account - watch the tutorial.

3. Start trading

Funding options for Australian shares

There are two ways to fund your investment:

Add cash to your account

Every nabtrade account comes with a linked cash account.

Cash management

Borrow to invest

With a NAB Margin Loan you can borrow to invest in over 400 Australian shares.

Margin lending