How to Buy Australian Shares

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How to Buy Australian Shares
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International investing is on the rise. Investing in Australia is an option many investors consider, as it's a country rich in resources and a direct beneficiary of China's growth.

Choose an Online Broker

Investing in foreign markets requires the services of an online broker. lists their pick of top online brokers, which includes Fidelity, Charles Schwab, Scottrade, E*Trade, TD Ameritrade and Share Builder.

Research Investments

Research companies trading in Australia. Most of these companies end in .AX, Australia. For example, the ticker symbol of BHP Billiton is BHP.AX. Look at various investment websites on the Web, such as Yahoo Finance and, and read what the experts have to say. Consult your financial adviser for additional input.

Purchase Shares

After you've researched Australian companies and have chosen your investments, purchase shares of these companies through your online broker. Enter the ticker in the ticker box and the number of shares you'd like to purchase, then click the buy button.

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