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Getting a start in the sharemarket

ALMOST everywhere I go these days there are those who ask how they could get into the sharemarket and what they need to so do.

Often listening to radio programs and watching TV programs, or reading august publications such as Business News, has enabled them to glean the little knowledge they have of the market.

Now, the ASX is reminding everyone of the courses that they run and the “investor day” that is coming up soon.

This year the ASX Investor Day is on July 14 at the Burswood Convention Centre. The day is a one-day sharemarket exhibition organised by the ASX and is designed to educate and inform those people interested in share investment about how the sharemarket actually works.

It is seen as a day that allows new and existing investors to meet those people who can help them with their involvement in the market. Exhibitors from various parts of the financial world, such as Australian Securities and Investments Commission, stockbrokers, listed companies and fund managers, will be represented. This is obviously a good opportunity for all interested participants to get answers to the questions that have intrigued them about the market and find out how the experts in Australia do it.

The ASX also will be doing a number of demonstration sessions at the exhibition. These sessions will operate right through the day. These are mainly designed to assist newer investors to understand the issues related to the share trading system (SEATS) and the settlement system (CHESS) and other ASX initiatives, such as interest rate securities, Exchange Traded Funds and ASX World Link.

One of the other highlights of the ASX Investor day is the investment talk area. The keynote speaker this year is Noel Whittaker, author of a number of books including Making Money Made Simple. These investment talks will allow investors to hear prominent speakers provide some insight and education as to the workings of the market.

The courses run by the ASX cover a range of times and types. There are distance courses, face-to-face courses and a variety of others. These courses can be a short-hour course through to full-day courses.

Twice a month the ASX holds investor hours on different aspects of the financial markets. These are short sessions designed to provide up to date material on different aspects of the Australian sharemarket. The longer courses can be designed to suit the individual. There are beginner courses through to intermediate level investor courses.

More information about the courses and the ASX Investor Day can be obtained from the ASX on 9224 0000 or by going to the website at www.asx.com.au

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