Learn the basics of investing and how you can get started today

Introduction to investing

If you’re a rookie investor, you’re in the right place. Here are the basics so you can start putting together an investment plan. We’ve also taken the mystery out of how and where you can invest – and provided a five-step plan to get you on the way to achieving your dreams.

How to start investing: different ways your money can work for you

Investing can be a great way to grow your wealth and build for the future. It’s also easier than ever to dip your toes into the market, but before you try your hand at investing it’s important to understand the different investment options you can choose from.

What are the steps to investing?

Want to invest but don’t know where to start? The Investments team shares five basic steps for investing.

Understanding the sharemarket

Buying shares is simply buying into a business in the hope of sharing in its future success. While shares are classed as a growth asset and therefore carry a higher level of risk, becoming a share investor can be an easy way to grow your savings over the long term – even if you only start small. 

Financial terminology: Your A-Z jargon buster

Becoming a successful investor means getting your head around some commonly used investment terms. We’re here to help with this A-Z glossary.  

Understanding your risk appetite when investing

Take a look at how you can measure your risk appetite and use it to build your portfolio.

ETFs - Exchange Traded Funds explained

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become a popular and affordable way to instantly diversify your investment portfolio. They can also help individual investors get exposure to previously inaccessible markets or investments.

What's next?

Funds and performance

Funds and performance

Explore our investment options and access performance, unit prices and key information.



Get to know your risk appetite

Get to know your risk appetite

We all have a different appetite for risk, and it can change over time. Learn more about yours with our risk profiler tool so you can feel comfortable making investment decisions.

Retirement calculator

Retirement calculator

Quickly and easily estimate how much super you may have in retirement and how much you may need.


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Information on this webpage is provided by AIL and CFSIL. It may include general advice but does not consider your individual objectives, financial situation, needs or tax circumstances. You can find the target market determinations (TMD) for our financial products at  https://www.cfs.com.au/tmd which include a description of who a financial product might suit. You should read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Financial Services Guide (FSG) carefully, assess whether the information is appropriate for you, and consider talking to a financial adviser before making an investment decision. You can get the PDS and FSG at www.cfs.com.au or by calling us on 13 13 36.