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The dividend imputation system and proposals for change

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The Federal Labor Party has proposed to reform the dividend imputation system from 1 July 2019. Find out what the changes may mean for taxpayers, and how it could impact pensioners.

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Investing when the market is volatile Strategy & Education

Investing when the market is volatile

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Investors began 2018 in an upbeat mood, but global growth slowed throughout the year, and 2019 is likely to be characterised by further volatility. So what should investors look at in a volatile market?

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Why borrow to invest?

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Building a large, well-diversified portfolio can take a long time. But investors can potentially grow their portfolio faster by borrowing to invest.

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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 are corporate actions? Choosing investments

What are corporate actions?

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Corporate actions are initiated by a company or corporation, for the purpose of giving an entitlement to shareholders. There are two types of corporate actions – voluntary and mandatory.

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What is earnings per share? Choosing investments

What is earnings per share?

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One important method of fundamental analysis is assessing earnings per share. Earnings per share (EPS) is the proportion of a company’s profit that can be attributed to each outstanding ordinary share in the company.

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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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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  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.

Settlement for your trades takes place two (2) business days (T+2) after your order has been partially or fully executed. When you buy shares, cleared funds must be available in your nominated account by 8am on the second business day (settlement day). When you sell shares, the proceeds will be placed in your account overnight on the second business day after the sale, and will be available to you on the next business day. 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.

CommSec, unlike other brokers provides you an automatic trading limit of $25,000 which is allocated to leading stocks. Within this limit, $7,500 can also be used for non-leading stock. Find out more.

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