Select from thousands of Shares from Multiple Exchanges Online.
Advantages of Trading Shares with Rockfort Markets
Utilise margin lending and take advantage of low interest rates to leverage your investment (but be aware leverage increases your risk).
TRADE OR INVEST
Take advantage of low brokerage fees for short term trading and investing.
LOW COST TRADING
Some of the lowest brokerage fees in New Zealand for US, Australian and International Stocks.
STREAMING OR DELAYED
Free delayed data or streaming data. Low non-professional exchange fees available to keep costs down.
What is Share Trading?
When you buy shares in a company listed on a stock exchange you receive a partial ownership in the company you bought into. This gives you the ability to participate in the upside (or downside) of any share price movement and allows you to receive a dividend (if any). Owning shares also allows you to participate in voting around important decisions for the company so you can have a small influence on major decisions the company makes.
Shares in listed companies are for the most part purchased through a broker, who then places the order on the stock exchange on your behalf. With the advent of electronic trading this process is fully automated using online trading platforms provided by the broker. Rockfort Markets offers the Trader Workstation platform where you can buy and sell shares across many markets in the world at discounted brokerage rates.
What are Dividends?
When you own shares in a company it can give you an entitlement to receive a dividend. A dividend is a distribution made by the company at set interval, for example quarterly, semi annually or yearly and typically follows soon after an earnings announcement. The dividend you receive is typically paid out of the profits of the company and you can sometimes choose to reinvest the dividend into more shares or receive a cash distribution. Whilst buying shares that pay the highest dividend may seem like a good idea, it is not always advisable. Often shares paying out very high dividends have a high payout ratio, which refers to the portion of net profit the company is paying out as a dividend so sometimes it is better to buy dividend stocks that have a lower dividend and lower payout ratio but more capacity to grow their dividend over time. It depends on what your own investing objectives are.
Low Brokerage Rates
AU$18.95 or 0.1895%, whichever is greater
US$9.95 or US$0.02 per share, whichever is greater
Fees are subject to change
1. INVESTING IN SHARES
2. TRADING SHARES
Share trading is a more active approach to the market than long term investing. The general goal of most share traders is to generate an income from the market now, as opposed to some time in the future in order to supplement their current income or, if the trader is exceptionally good as a way to generate a primary income. Another difference is share traders look to generate income from buying and selling shares for a profit (at least in aggregate), as opposed to counting on dividend distributions as the source of income. There are many different approaches to trading and some of the mechanics are outlined below: