Shares have been traded on markets for many years and are a popular investment vehicle for investors. In one way or another, whether you own them directly or are exposed to them through your industry super fund, shares will more than likely be a significant component of your overall net worth.

Gaining an understanding of shares is important especially if you currently have or intend to have direct exposure to this asset class. Shares are often referred to as equities and there is a lot of information that has already been written on this topic.

This section allows you to explore shares and how to invest in them in some detail and to make it easy to find your way around we’ve organised the information into key topic areas. Where relevant we’ve provided links to other useful sources of information.