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Queenslanders falling behind on shares

The 2012 Australian Share Ownership Study that was released yesterday by the ASX (ASX: ASX) outlined the typical profile of a direct share owner, in which it was interesting to note the states and territories where higher incidence in direct share ownership occurred.

It was revealed that falling behind the pack were Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory, whilst Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia all had highest incidence. The top performing regions were Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory, which both recorded 45% of adults being direct shareholders, whilst only 26% of Queenslanders fit the profile – far below the nation’s average of 34%.

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