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5 steps to start investing in ASX shares

Getting started in the investment world can be overwhelming – there’s a constant stream of information and so much to learn. But getting started investing in ASX shares doesn’t have to be hard. We put together 5 simple steps to get you on the road to mastering your own share portfolio.

1. Figure out your goals

Understand why you’re investing. Is it to provide for retirement, save for a home deposit, or accumulate assets for the next generation? Once you know why you’re investing, you can figure out the best way to achieve your goals. 

2. Understand your risk tolerance

Investing in financial instruments comes with risk. Unforeseen outcomes can occur that damage returns or wipe out your capital entirely. Risk and return are correlated, however, so oftentimes with higher risk comes higher reward. You need to understand how much risk you are willing to take. 

3. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket 

Even when starting out, you should look to diversify your portfolio so that it contains ASX shares across a range of sectors and industries. This is because different companies perform well in different economic conditions. By spreading your capital around, you reduce overall risk. 

4. Think about what types of ASX shares work for you

This will depend on why you’re investing. If it’s to provide an income in retirement, you might look at dividend shares like AGL Energy Limited (ASX: AGL) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG). If you are looking to invest for capital appreciation you might consider high growth shares like Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) or Megaport Ltd (ASX: MP1)

5. Do your research

Even if you’re investing in a blue chip company like Coles Group Ltd (ASX: COL) or Woolworths Group Ltd (ASX: WOW), it can pay to look into the company’s recent reports and announcements. This way you will know if there have been any recent events which may have impacted the share price. 

Foolish takeaway

Investing in ASX shares doesn’t have to be complicated. Taking the time to understand your actions and make considered decisions will help you make choices in line with your goals. Whether blue chip or small cap, your investing decisions should help you achieve your financial aims.  

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