Investment guides

We believe in empowering the individual investor at Money Morning. Unlike most of the financial industry, we don’t want to manage your money for a commission. Instead, we prefer to show you our best ideas, and let you make the investment choices yourself. The how-to investment guides you’ll find on this page are intended to help prepare you to do exactly that.

These educational guides will cover everything how to invest in shares locally and internationally, what ‘blue chips’ are and why you should consider owning them, to the basics of cryptocurrencies, these guides aim to give you a solid foundation in the basics you’ll need to get started as an educated, independent investor.

Read our latest investment guides here:

Cryptocurrency Guides

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How to Mine Bitcoin

If you’ve done any light reading on cryptocurrencies, you’ve probably seen the term ‘mining’ chucked around a bit. The truth is, crypto mining has nothing to do with mines, digging, nor anything that requires a headlamp. Crypto mining doesn’t require any physical exertion at all. Your computer does all the work for you.

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How Does Bitcoin Work?

If you’ve heard about bitcoin, chances are that you’ve also heard of a ‘blockchain’. It was probably heralded as ‘the next internet’, or ‘the biggest revolution since the combustion engine’. Both of those comparisons are valid.

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What is Blockchain?

People write to me regularly and suggest that they can’t wrap their head around blockchain technology. The problem with most explanations is they provide more detail than most people want or need.

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Where Do I Buy Cryptocurrency?

By now you’ve probably heard, read or seen a lot about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Have you been wondering where to buy cryptocurrency? Read on to find out what to look out for when buying cryptocurrency, our six favourite cryptocurrency exchanges and more...

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Ethereum vs Bitcoin: What's the Difference?

Cryptocurrency was born in 2009, but 2017 was the year the masses suddenly took it seriously. While most people had at least heard of bitcoin, suddenly there was hundreds of new altcoins – a term for cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin – launched.

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How Do I Buy Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurreny expert Sam Volkering explains the steps to take when buying crytocurrency like Bitcoin for the first time, setting you up for success.

Stock Market Guides

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What Are Blue Chip Shares?

If the complexity of stock markets sometimes has you baffled, you’re not alone. The world of investing is littered with jargon which can put off newcomers.

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An Introduction to Tech Stocks

Tech investing comes with high risk, along with its high potential returns. Getting in early with the next big thing could mean life-changing investment returns. But if you guess wrong, your investment can quickly turn to nothing.

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Join the 'Secret Payroll' with a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRP)

Australian shares offer among the best dividend yields in the world. Investors, both locally and abroad, have been chasing yield aggressively ever since global economies started to scratch and claw their way out of the GFC in 2009.

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How to Boost Your Income Using Dividends

Investors will trade shares purely for capital gains, whereas someone who needs an income from their investments may focus on shares that produce an income. Companies that have a history of regular, and increasing, dividends are viewed favourably among investors.

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Your Complete Guide to Trading Options on the ASX

Options quite often get put in the ‘too hard’ basket for many investors. There is a lot of jargon that gets thrown around. Some option strategies sound more like exotic species than anything to do with the markets.

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How to Find the Best Dividend Stocks in Australia

The best dividend stocks in the market are not always the most obvious. Learn how to apply these 5 golden rules when making any dividend investing decision to maximise your gains and lock in your profits. Plus, discover the top 5 dividend stocks in Australia for 2016.

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How to Buy and Sell Shares

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked goes something like this: “I’m a newcomer to this shares lark, how do you buy shares?” Well, let’s answer that question here.

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Everything You Need to Know About Buying Iron Ore Stocks

Iron ore is, simply put, the foundation metal of Australia’s export industry, and it has been for the past 10–15 years. It’s arguably been the biggest driver of our mining boom.

Investment Guides

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A Beginner’s Guide to Stock Market Investing

The outcome is never certain when investing. There is absolutely no promise of a win, no matter how successful the company you’re investing in is. This is part and parcel of why investing can be so lucrative — because the risk is so substantial.

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How to Invest in Gold

So you’ve decided it’s time to invest in gold. Good thinking. But now you’re wondering, ‘What gold product should I buy?’ In Australia, we have many options available when it comes to buying physical gold or investing in an exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks the gold price.

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Your Five Step Beginner’s Guide to Technical Analysis

In this five part video series Money Morning’s Shae Smith guides you through everything you need to know about technical analysis — so you can start using it as part of your investment toolkit today.

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How to Start an Investment Portfolio

Starting an investment portfolio isn’t easy. There are a few steps to follow, and you’ll be on your way. We outline how to start and what steps to take.

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How to Invest in Lithium Stocks

Small-cap specialist Sam Volkering teaches you how to buy Lithium Stocks. In this guide you will find the most profitable way to invest in lithium.

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How to Invest in Tech Stocks

When it comes to tech stocks, we’re talking about companies that make and sell tech hardware, software or even services. Corporations that are in the business of technology. These are companies that are often on the cutting edge.

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The Investors Guide to Investing and Profiting From Australian Small-Cap Stocks

What are small caps? Learn all about investing in small-cap stocks and how you can profit from them too. Know what to look for and how to avoid the pitfalls. Plus discover the top three Australian small-cap stocks of 2016.

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How to Buy Gold and Silver

Discover the range of options that are out there to buy, sell and invest in gold and silver. Plus learn how you can profit from buying gold and silver in the future.

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How to Invest In Biotech Stocks

Investing in biotech stocks can be a mixed bag. Sometimes you can really win it big. Other times you’ll end up holding a fizzer. Why are there few in between? It’s because of how the industry is set up.

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Why does Everyone Want Lithium, and How Do Investors Profit from It?

As we move further toward renewable energy and the dream of a clean energy future, lithium is fast becoming one of our most vital resources. Several mining companies have poured money into lithium on the back of global demand.