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Take your first steps towards investing in the sharemarket Build the successful share portfolio you've always wanted, guided by this beginner's guide to the sharemarket. Getting Started in Shares For Dummies reveals the investing secrets you need to know -- how the market works, how the stock exchange operates and what brokers actually do. * Understand the sharemarket -- find out how the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) works * Develop your own successful investing strategy -- know how to assess potential share investments * Analyse the sharemarket and track trends -- make informed choices and grow your wealth * Choose the best broker for you -- get some professional help with investing * Know the risks -- learn how to diversify your portfolio * Realise the tax implications of share ownership -- understand how holding shares affects your tax liability Open the book and find: * Up-to-date analysis of the global financial crisis * The latest information about tax and superannuation policies * Tips for diversifying your share holdings * Guidance for choosing a stock broker * Methods for identifying when to buy and sell * Ways to pick winners for your portfolio Learn to: * Pick the best shares and diversify your portfolio * Minimise your risk and maximise your returns * Work with a broker * Reduce your capital gains tax bill
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Putting the Share in Sharemarket 7 Chapter 1: So, You Want to Invest in Shares 9 Chapter 2: Watching the Market Operate 25 Part II: Investing Strategies for Success 39 Chapter 3: Developing an Investment Strategy 41 Chapter 4: Assessing Your Risk 55 Chapter 5: Eggs and Baskets 83 Part III: Buying, Buying, Sold 107 Chapter 6: Buying and Selling Shares 109 Chapter 7: Knowing When to Buy and Sell Shares 125 Chapter 8: Buying What You Know 145 Chapter 9: Working with Brokers 181 Chapter 10: Taxing Matters 195 Part IV: The Part of Tens 211 Chapter 11: Ten Great Investors and Their Strategies 213 Chapter 12: Ten Things Not To Do, Ever 227 Index 235

About the Author

James Dunn is a freelance finance journalist and media consultant. He was founding editor of Shares magazine and writes for many other finance magazines and newspapers. He frequently appears on Australian radio and television, and also works as a media and investment consultant.

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