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Growing your financial knowledge

can also pay dividends

Share trading can be a good way to build wealth. As with all investments, growing your financial knowledge can also pay dividends but there are risks involved. Shares can decline in value and should generally be regarded as a long term investment.

What is a trading platfrom?

A trading platform lets you buy, sell and manage your share portfolio online.

What type of accounts can I trade with?

Trade with your own money
Choose to trade with an existing St.George, Bank of Melbourne or BankSA account or Cash Investment Account to settle your trades.
Trade with a loan

A margin loan lets you borrow money to invest in approved shares or managed funds, using existing cash, shares or managed funds as security.



What can I invest in?


When you buy shares, you’re buying a portion of ownership in a company. With over 2,200 companies currently listed on the ASX, there’s an extensive selection of Australian shares to invest in.


Options are a type of derivative security. Options are contracts that grant the right, but not the obligation to buy or sell an underlying asset at a set price on or before a certain date.

Exchange traded funds

EFTs are managed funds that are listed on the share market. You buy and sell units in the fund itself.

Initial public offering

An Initial Public Offering (IPO or float) is a process where a company raises equity by offering shares to the public for the first time. Through IPOs you can gain exposure to companies when they’re first introduced on the market.


A warrant is a structured product that is issued over an underlying instrument such as a share, index, currency or commodity. They can be a good way to diversify your portfolio.

What type of fees are associated with trading?

  • Internet or phone brokerage fees
  • Fees based on investment product
  • Options platform fees
  • Fees for premium tax tools

Tools & Resources

The key is to start with the basics and build up your trading knowledge over time.
Commonly traded stock lists
Access ‘top 10’ lists of directshares customers’ most commonly traded stocks, plus all the main indices showing what the market is doing.
Free independent research
Access an extensive range of independent research including the latest stock picks from experts as well as the latest buy or sell recommendations on individual shares.
Financial news
directshares keeps you up-to-date with the latest market news. You can also get ASX company announcements and the latest updates on individual shares.