When I am asked what I do for a living and I respond “I’m a Stockbroker” most of the time I get a blank look and an admission of complete ignorance in my vocation. Almost thirty years in this profession, I admit, I am still learning, however one thing I can guarantee, it’s not as complicated as you might think - especially if you have help from a professional. The best place to start is small.  Learn as you go.

The stock market can be a daunting and complex place for beginners, but with the right assistance, approach and knowledge, it can also be a rewarding investment opportunity. Understanding the basics and having a well-defined strategy are crucial.

Step 1: Chose an Adviser and Investment firm

Selecting a trustworthy firm is vital. And your Adviser should also feel a good fit. Research different firms and people and consider factors such as fees, customer service, available research tools, and ease of use. A good Adviser will then assist you with steps 2-6 below.

Step 2. Educate Yourself on Stock Market Basics

Familiarise yourself with basic terms such as stocks, shares, dividends, market capitalisation. Reading books, attending seminars, and utilising reputable online resources can help you become more knowledgeable.

Step 2: Set Clear Financial Goals

Setting clear financial goals is a crucial step in any successful investment plan. Determine your investment horizon, risk tolerance, and desired returns. Additionally, outline a realistic plan for how much money and time you can commit to your stock market investments.

Step 3: Research Different Investment Strategies

There are several investment strategies available to stock market participants. Some common ones include value investing, growth investing, and dividend investing. Each strategy has its own set of principles and can cater to different risk profiles and financial goals. Research various investment strategies to find the one that aligns with your objectives.

Step 4: Create a Diversified Portfolio with a long term timeframe

Building a diversified portfolio can help mitigate risks and increase your chances of success in the stock market. Diversification involves spreading your investments across various asset classes, industry sectors, and geographic regions. This way, a decline in one investment will not significantly impact your entire portfolio.

Step 5: Start with Small Investments

As a beginner, it's advisable to start with small investments until you gain confidence and experience in the market. This approach will limit potential losses while allowing you to learn and adjust your investment strategies without risking a substantial amount of capital.

Step 6: Monitor and Adapt

Once you have a portfolio, it's crucial to regularly monitor your portfolio's performance and stay updated on market news and trends.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in investing in the market for the very first time.  For as low as $5 000 you can make a start in good quality, blue chip companies that pay wonderful dividends.  

Reach out.  We will hold your hand and get you started.

Kylie Harding is an Investment Adviser who believes in free access to information about building financial literacy at every stage in life has the potential to empower women and inspire economies.

Contact Kylie today on [email protected] or 02 9998 4206.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this report is provided to you by Morgans Financial Limited as general advice only, and is made without consideration of an individual's relevant personal circumstances. Morgans Financial Limited ABN 49 010 669 726, its related bodies corporate, directors and officers, employees, authorised representatives and agents (“Morgans”) do not accept any liability for any loss or damage arising from or in connection with any action taken or not taken on the basis of information contained in this report, or for any errors or omissions contained within. It is recommended that any persons who wish to act upon this report consult with their Morgans investment adviser before doing so.

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