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We've been operating for 25 years and one of the most common questions we hear from investors after joining is 'What now?'

Well here is everything you need to get started in the one place. Enjoy.

Ready, set, trade

Keen to get started, but need some inspiration? We’ve compiled some food for thought… 

Market volatility and what it could mean for you

What exactly are blue chip shares?

Get equipped to move with the market



The fundamentals

We have handpicked some of our most popular resources to help boost your investment knowledge.

The how to

Ready to buy and/or sell? Here’s some handy how-to guides to help you along the way.

Making sense of market movements

It may be of no surprise to you that share markets go up and down – that's just what they do.

Given the outlook is dynamic, at CommSec we want to help you make sense of market movements and what's driving them. So, that's why we created our 'Market News' hub, a quick way to get to the market news that matters.

Updated by our leading market experts throughout the day and featuring short videos, market insights and detailed reports, this page is a great place for you to get a quick wrap-up of the latest market moving events and trends driving the economy.

Watch and learn

Grow your investing know-how or add to your market knowledge by checking out our informative webinar series. Each webinar covers a different investing topic and, in addition to getting up to speed, you'll have the opportunity to ask our experts any questions you may have.

Your questions answered

What's on your mind? Here are some common questions we hear from new investors...

You can access CommSec from NetBank if you’re a CommBank customer. When you’re logged into NetBank, select CommSec at the top left corner of the page. Find out more.

CHESS (Clearing House Electronic Subregister System) is the computer system used by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) to record shareholdings and manage the settlement of share transactions. Find out more.

Your initial purchase of any particular shareholding must be at least $500 worth of shares, known as a 'minimum marketable parcel of shares'. CommSec may then allow you to purchase smaller amounts of shares to top up existing shareholdings. For example, if you hold $500 worth of shares in XYZ you may be able to purchase a smaller amount of XYZ to increase your existing holding. Find out more.

Market orders will go into the market to execute at the best available price, however the execution and the price is not guaranteed. Market orders cannot be accepted outside of market hours or when trading in a particular stock is halted or suspended.

Limit orders allow you to set a maximum purchase price for your buy order, or a minimum sale price for your sell orders. If the market doesn't reach your limit price, your order will not be executed.  Find out more.

T+2 settlement is a standard process that applies to all Australian sharemarket trades. When you buy or sell securities, there are two key dates:

  1. The trade date (known as T) – the date when your order trades on the market.
  2. The settlement date (known as T+2) - when money is exchanged for ownership of the investment. T+2 means the trade date plus two business days. Find out more.

On your settlement date (T+2), we will automatically direct debit the amount for your purchase from your nominated settlement bank account. Find out more.

This information is not advice and has been prepared without taking account of the objectives, financial or taxation situation or needs of any particular individual. For this reason, any individual should, before acting on this information, consider the appropriateness of the information, having regards to the individual's objectives, financial or taxation situation and needs, and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice. Commonwealth Securities Limited ABN 60 067 254 399 AFSL 238814 (CommSec) is a wholly owned but non-guaranteed subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL 234945 and a participant of the ASX Group and Chi-X Australia.



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