Understanding the basics

Share investing for beginners 

Provides an overview of the fundamentals of investing.

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Different types of investments

See the difference between defensive and growth investments.

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How much do you need to start?

Tips to help you decide if you're ready to start investing.

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Managing returns

What's shareholder return? 

Discover how shares might work for you.

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What to know about dividends

Outlines how dividend payments work.

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What's capital gains tax? 

Find out how income earned from shares is taxed.

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Things you should know

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