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How to manage margin loan risks Strategy & Education

How to manage margin loan risks

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Using a margin loan involves potential risks as well as benefits. Find out what strategies are available to investors to reduce their exposure to market risks and minimise their chance of losses.

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How to use ETFs in an SMSF Strategy & Education

How to use ETFs in an SMSF

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Find out how SMSFs can be used to give your SMSF diversity and access to other asset classes, including alternatives. Plus, learn how SMSFs can be used for a variety of investment strategies.

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Ten terms to learn when you start investing Strategy & Education

Ten terms to learn when you start investing

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The investing world is full of jargon, and it can be confusing when you’re new to shares. We explain ten common investing terms to help you make sense of your research.

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Learn the basics

Get an introduction to market and investing concepts with our easy-to-read collection of Learn articles.

Investing basics

What is a dividend reinvestment plan?

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Dividend reinvestment plans allow you to increase your investment in a company over time by automatically reinvesting cash dividends in new shares rather than receiving the dividends in cash.

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What is an IPO? Choosing investments

What is an IPO?

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An initial public offering (IPO), or ‘float’, is when a private company lists on a stock exchange to raise funds by selling shares to investors, including members of the public.

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What are investing misconceptions? Choosing investments

What are investing misconceptions?

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There’s lots of great information available about investing in the share market, but there are also some commonly held misconceptions which may be holding you back - especially if you’re new to trading.

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Understanding sharemarket volatility

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A solid overview of the role of volatility in the sharemarket. Find out what volatility means, how it’s measured, and how the markets are dictated by it.

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ETF selection and finding opportunities

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Trying to choose an ETF? Find out where the best opportunities lie, what criteria to look out for in an ETF, and how to do your due diligence before you buy.

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Exploring the power of the CommSec platform

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Learn how to get the most out of CommSec’s best tools and features. We’ll show you how to use stock screeners, alerts, interactive charting, company research and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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CommSec offers a 'One Off Trade' (OOT) service for clients who do not wish to open a trading account but have an issuer sponsored holding they wish to sell. In order to sell your shares via the One Off Trade service you must have an existing account with the Commonwealth Bank or have a CommSec trading account. The shares you wish to sell must be held in a different name to your existing trading account. Find out more.

A dividend is a portion of the company's profits paid out to shareholders. To be eligible for a dividend, you must purchase the stock during or prior to the cum-dividend trading period and hold the stock on the ex-dividend date. Find out more.

To transfer shares held with another broker to your CommSec trading account you need to complete a Broker to Broker Transfer Form. Find out more.

A cross trade occurs when a broker executes an order to buy and sell the same security at the same time, in which both the buyer and seller are clients of the broker. Find out more.

A trading halt may occur at the request of the company or when the ASX receives an announcement from a related entity that is deemed to be market sensitive. Find out more.

Corporate actions such as dividends are handled directly by the share registry. You can access your historical dividend payments by contacting the share registries that the company is associated with. The share registry will be able to provide you with information such as payment history and tax statements. Find out more.

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