The good news is that you don’t have to go out and start spending all your money on Australian goods to support the economy. Instead, you can make smart financial investments that will benefit your financial well-being and that of Australia.
Purchase Australian Stocks
Probably the most popular way to invest is to purchase stocks in large established companies. If you want to make money with investments and support the economy back home, you could purchase stocks of Australian companies.
If you want to purchase Australian stocks getting started is very easy. You simply sign up to a low-cost online broker that offers the types of financial securities and markets you want to invest in, deposit money in your brokerage account and start trading online. Then you can purchase the stocks you want to invest in.
Some of the largest publicly traded Australian companies you could invest in include the big four banks (CBA, Westpac, ANZ and NAB), Telstra, BHP Billiton, Wesfarmers, and Rio Tinto. You could buy a subset of the largest stocks or purchase shares in individual companies that you believe will outperform their peers. Alternatively, you could purchase a mutual fund or an ETF (exchange-traded fund), which invests specifically in the Australian stock market.
By investing in Australian stocks, you are giving these companies money in exchange for a share in their company. Through your investment, these companies can grow, create more jobs and thereby boost the Australian economy.
Lend To Australian SMEs
Through a new form of investing called peer-to-peer lending, you can lend directly to small and medium-sized businesses without the need for a traditional financial intermediary.
Peer-to-peer loans currently offer higher yields than traditional fixed income investments, such as government bonds or corporate bonds. Hence, they are an excellent addition to your investment portfolio. But also, through lending to small and medium-sized Australian businesses you are giving the Australian economy a boost. Currently, two-thirds of SME business owners regularly have to use personal finances to fund their businesses. However, with the increase of peer-to-peer lending activity, SMEs will no longer rely on personal finds of owners but can instead receive much-needed funding externally.
Invest In Australian Start-Ups
Alternatively to lending to start-ups and SMEs, you could invest in them directly by purchasing equity via online crowdfunding platforms. Crowdfunding refers to the funding of projects or businesses using small financial contributions by a large number of private individuals through the use of online crowdfunding platforms.
If you invest directly in early-stage Australian start-ups or SMEs that are looking to expand operations you are doing your small part in giving the Australian economy a boost. Furthermore, you may also give you wallet a boost as start-up investments can generate exceptionally high returns on investment.
If you know a thing or two about businesses and want to invest in innovative new ideas, then investing in start-ups should be right up your alley. However, it should be noted that the majority of start-ups fail so it is important to spread out your risk across various start-up investments, as opposed to putting all your eggs in one basket.
Whatever type of investment you choose to put your money in, always make sure you do your research so that you understand the financial product you are investing in and the risks involved. Also, make sure you are aware of the costs of the investments you intend to make, as high costs can greatly affect your long-term investment profits.