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What are index funds?

Traditionally, if you want to play the stock market, you have to invest in one company at a time. However, an index fund is an investment product that lets you invest in multiple companies simultaneously.

What are the pros and cons of buying shares?

The stock market can be your best friend when prices are rising and your worst enemy when they’re falling.

What are franking credits?

Franking credits, also known as imputation credits, are a tax credit people can earn while investing in shares.

What is a financial planner?

It can be hard to ask for help, but when it comes to personal finances, reaching out to a professional could save you big in the long run.

What is the All Ordinaries?

The All Ordinaries is an index made up of the share prices for 500 of the largest companies listed on the ASX.

Why Albert Einstein loved compound interest

Albert Einstein is said to have once described compound interest as “the eighth wonder of the world”.

Equity crowdfunding: your next investment opportunity?

As the Federal Government works to pass legislation regulating equity crowdfunding in Australia, now's a good time to get your head around what this form of investment could mean for you. Equity crowdfunding has boomed in countries such as New Zealand and Sweden so with the precedent already set, there's no reason why Australia won't take to this fairly new investment model like a duck to water.

Following the crowd could be a costly investment

Following the crowd is a trait we've inherited from hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. But as an investment strategy, it's not effective.

Ethical investing: Where does your moral compass lie?

If you're toying with the idea of managed superannuation and investment funds, pay attention to the ethical trend sweeping the globe.

Billionaire tracker: investment choices revealed

A new exchange-traded fund iBillionaire Index ETF opened for trading on August 1, which uses publicly available information about the US' most successful billionaires.