How to invest in index funds

Index funds are a low cost, diversified way to invest in the stock market.  The reality is that most retail investors who try and pick stocks on their own will end up either losing money or not beating the market index.  That’s why index funds are a great option for investing.    They’re hands off and contain a well rounded selection of stocks.  And the numbers don’t like – individual investors see better returns when investing in index funds!

So how do you invest in these type of funds?  Well here are our favourite options for investing in index funds for Australians:

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Trading on eToro in Australia

eToro is a trading platform that is available in Australia.  You can trade stocks, currencies, cryptocurrencies, commodities and ETFs.  But is it a good option for investing and trading?  We break down the pros and cons.

What is eToro

eToro is an online trading platform.  You can buy and sell stocks, forex (currency like the AUD), cryptos (like bitcoin) and commodities (such as Gold and Oil).  It’s also a “copy trading platform”.  This means you can copy trades made by more experienced traders.  Whenever they make a trade, your account also makes a trade.

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Should you invest with Brickx

Brickx is an Australian startup that lets you invest in property with as little as $75.  On the surface that sounds like a great way for the non-baby boomer crowd to get access to the property market.  But is it really a good investment?  Find out if you should be investing in Brickx with our review.

What is Brickx

Brickx is a marketplace to buy “bricks” or shares in a property.    It’s basically a fractional investment platform for property in Australia.  You can browse through the properties listed and purchase a share based on the value of the property.

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The best investing apps in 2019

It’s amazing that in 2019 it’s possible to invest in a complex, diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds with just a couple of taps on your phone.  In fact investing has never been easier.  You don’t need lots of money to start investing anymore.  In fact you can get started with as little as $5.

In this post I’m going to share with you my two favourite investing apps for 2019 and why you should be using them.

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Losing Money on Raiz? Here is what todo

Have you started using Raiz but noticed that your account balance has gone down?  In this post I’m going to explain what’s going on and what you should do.

What you’re investing in

When you invest using Raiz, your money is invested in a diverse portfolio of stocks and bonds.  So it’s important to understand that the stock market does go up and down.  So if you’ve invested right before the market has a downturn then your account balance on raiz will go down a little bit.

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Raiz launches a messenger chatbot

My favourite investing app, Raiz, has launched a Facebook messenger chatbot.

You can use the bot for things like:

  • Ask what your Raiz balance is
  • Ask how much you spent on shopping last week
  • Ask the total of your roundups for the week
  • Ask if you can afford to go out tonight

This is a really nifty idea.  When I first heard about the chatbot, I didn’t think anyone would need it, but looking into how much it can actually do, it really does seem useful.  As well as questions about your account, you can also ask support questions on how to use Raiz and even general finance questions like “what is a stock”.

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Get $20 free to start investing on Spaceship Voyager

Update: Check out this post for the latest promo code

Spaceship Voyager is a great little app that lets you invest small amounts in “futuristic” companies.  Why invest where the world has been when you can invest in where the world is going?!

Read on to find out how you can get $20 to start investing on Spaceship Voyager.

How to Get $20 Free on SpaceshipVoyager

Here is how to get a $20 bonus on SpaceshipVoyager:

  1. Sign up through this link
  2. Link your bank account and transfer $5
  3. $20 will automatically be added to your account

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