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Knowing what other investors are trading may give you useful insights into companies and sectors to research. It may help you spot opportunities, or help you consider where to start.

Take a closer look at the most commonly traded Australian shares based on contract note volumes (bought or sold) by CommSec clients to inspire you and kick start your share portfolio.

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  1. Isignthis Ltd (ISX) was the most heavily traded stock on the ASX last week. The company provides online businesses with transactional banking services. Its shares slumped by 25%. ISX denied allegations its ownership was opaque. (Source: IRESS)

  2. Appen (APX) slumped by 16% over the week despite no major news from the language services technology group. APX shares are still up 64% so far this year. (Source: IRESS)

  3. Commonwealth Bank (CBA) had its best weekly advance since May, with its shares lifting by 3.3%. Sellers accounted for 85% of contract notes. (Source: IRESS)

  4. Afterpay Touch (APT) fell by close to 6% last week, making it the fourth most traded company on the market. The buy-now-pay-later company has regularly been one of the most actively traded stocks on the ASX in 2019. (Source: IRESS)

  5. National Australia Bank (NAB) shares rose by 5% while sellers accounted for 80% of CommSec trades. NAB economists said they are now expecting the cash rate to fall to 0.5% by February 2020 (currently at 1%). (Source: IRESS)  

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