10 stocks to get you started investing in 2018

For those wanting to start investing in 2018, I’ve compiled a list of ten ASX-listed companies to begin researching:

Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) is a high-growth stock that has traditionally developed gaming machines. The company has recently made significant investments in acquiring two online social gaming firms, so it will be interesting to see how this new strategy plays out in 2018.

Webjet Limited (ASX: WEB) believes it can comprehensively beat the broader travel booking industry in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales over the next three years. If Webjet can achieve its lofty targets, it should be a big outperformer.

Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd (ASX: SOL) is an investment conglomerate with significant interests in ASX-listed companies, private equity and property. The firm takes a value-oriented, long-term approach to investing which has produced a 12.8% per annum return over the last 15 years. It boasts of being one of just two ASX-listed companies to have increased its dividend every year for the past 17 years.

MNF Group Ltd (ASX: MNF) and TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM) are two telecommunication companies, though that’s about where the similarities end. MNF is a fast-growing, small-cap firm that provides VOIP solutions for households and businesses, while TPG is Australia’s second-largest fixed-line broadband provider. TPG has historically been the lowest-cost operator in its industry, which could mean trouble for the competition when it becomes Australia’s fourth mobile network operator in 2018.

Bapcor Ltd (ASX: BAP) is an automotive parts and service provider that listed on the ASX on 2014. Since then, the company’s share price has increased 175% and I believe further gains are on the way. 80% of Bapcor’s revenue is derived from its trade and wholesale business segments, which consists of recurring sales and requires a high level of expertise and customer service.

Challenger Ltd (ASX: CGF) was an early mover in annuity sales in Australia, and is benefitting from rising demand for these guaranteed return investments. Assets under management (AUM) is a key earnings metric for investment firms, and Challenger has made a strong start to FY2018, increasing AUM by 5% in the first quarter.

Platinum Capital Limited (ASX: PMC), MFF Capital Investments Ltd (ASX: MFF) and WAM MICRO FPO (ASX: WMI) are all Listed Investment Companies but with different investment strategies. Platinum invests in overseas markets with a particular focus on Asia, MFF’s largest holdings are in the United States and WAM Micro seeks undervalued Australian companies with a market capitalisation less than $300 million.

OUR #1 dividend pick to grow your wealth over the new financial year is revealed for FREE here!

Financial year 2018 is here and The Motley Fool's dividend detective Andrew Page has revealed his must buy dividend share to grow your wealth in 2018.

You might not know this market leader's name, but it's rapidly expanding into a highly profitable niche market here in Australia. Even better, the shares boast a strong, fully franked dividend that should balloon in the years to come. In other words, we're looking at the holy grail of incredible long-term growth potential AND income you can watch accruing in your account in real time!

Simply click here to grab your FREE copy of this up-to-the-minute research report on our #1 dividend share recommendation now.

Motley Fool contributor Ian Crane owns shares in TPG Telecom Ltd and MFF Capital Investments Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Bapcor, Challenger Limited, MNF Group Limited, TPG Telecom Limited, and Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Webjet Ltd. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

Two New Stock Picks Every Month!

Not to alarm you, but you’re about to miss a very important event! Chief Investment Advisor Scott Phillips and his team at Motley Fool Share Advisor are about to reveal their latest official stock recommendation. The premium “buy alert” will be unveiled to members and you can be among the first to act on the tip.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – this is your chance to get in early!

Simply enter your email now to find out how you can get instant access.

By clicking this button, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We will use your email address only to keep you informed about updates to our website and about other products and services we think might interest you. You can unsubscribe from Take Stock at anytime. Please refer to our Financial Services Guide (FSG) for more information.