When you buy shares, you buy a piece of ownership in a company. Also commonly known as stocks, investors in shares can profit from capital gains if the value of their shares go up. Many companies also pay dividends to their shareholders every 3-6 months, which is a portion of the company’s profits.

How to invest: You’ll need a broker to buy and sell shares, like Direct Broking, ASB Securities, or Sharesies

Investing in individual companies vs funds – What’s better?

In July 2019, Sharesies started allowing their users to invest in individual companies listed on the NZX, New Zealand's sharemarket. Sharesies have already done a spectacular job in making funds ...
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Buying shares on the NZX – Sharesies vs ASB Securities and Jarden Direct

There's a new kid on the block. Previously ASB Securities (owned by ASB Bank) and Jarden Direct (formerly Direct Broking) were the cheapest brokers to buy and sell shares in ...
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Dealing with Dividends – 5 things to know about them

Dividends - everyone loves them, and they are a crucial aspect of investing as they are one of the two ways you can make money from shares (the other being ...
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What’s inside your property fund? 5 things to know about REITs

Property is a Kiwi obsession. Yet it is unaffordable for so many of us. Therefore it's not uncommon for us to look at adding Property funds and REITs (Real Estate ...
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How to invest in Australian shares from New Zealand

As a New Zealander, there's many reasons why you might want to invest in Australian companies. Firstly, a number of NZ companies like Xero list on the Australian sharemarket (the ...
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Due diligence on shares – How I evaluate companies before investing

When looking at buying a house or car, we conduct due diligence. For a house this might involve researching the local schools, and obtaining a builder's report. And for a ...
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Rights issues, share buybacks, and acquisitions – 5 things to know about Corporate Actions

Do you own shares in individual companies? Sometimes events called Corporate Actions pop up that affect your shareholding. These events could be as simple as a payment of a dividend, ...
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Why I don’t invest in US and ASX Shares

Back when I first started investing, buying shares in US listed companies was awfully expensive. You had to invest at least tens of thousands to make the fees (which were ...
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Prices don’t matter! 4 things to know about share prices (part 1)

Shares represent a unit of ownership in a company, and thanks to sharemarkets like the NZX, everyday people can buy and sell shares in publicly listed companies. One of the ...
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