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Ambitious young investors turn to shares

12 July 2017 |Investor insights
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Ambitious young investors turn to shares

12 July 2017 |Investor insights

A recent report from the ASX has shown that the number of young investors using shares is on the rise. In fact the report has shown that the number of investors aged 18 to 24 has doubled since 2012.

According to the report, young investors are turning to equity investments to reach three primary goals:

1. Accumulating wealth
2. Saving for a home deposit
3. Saving for travel


This trend may be caused by the fact that many young investors feel that they are being squeezed out of the property market. This means that shares are the preferred method for wealth accumulation considering they have a much lower initial outlay to get started when compared to property. Others are using shares as a tool to help save for a home deposit or for their next trip. Another contributing factor is low interest rates, which makes saving through a traditional cash account less effective and gearing into shares through a margin loan more attractive.

The success of property investing can be attributed to the effects of gearing into a growth asset. Investors generally put down a 20% deposit and borrow the remaining 80%. For example an investor may put down $100,000 and borrow $400,000 to purchase a $500,000 property. If the property grows on average at 10%pa the client makes an average profit of $50,000 per year on their original $100,000 investment. For an investment property, the owners can use the rent to help cover the interest expense and the interest may be tax deductable.

Young investors are pleasantly surprised to find that they can take a similar approach when investing into shares with a margin loan. Similarly, investors receive dividends instead of rental returns to help cover the interest expense and the interest is also potentially tax deductable given that the loan is used for investment purposes. Shares have a similar long term growth rate to property (11.3%pa vs 11%pa) Gearing into a growth asset such property or shares makes a lot of sense for a lot of the same reasons.

With shares, investors can start with as little as $500 and look to invest regularly through a gearing plan. This is where investors make a contribution each month and use a margin loan to match that contribution and average into the market. New tools like the use of ETFs also help, these allow investors to be diversified with ease and take out a lot of the complexity around equity investments. For younger investors, flexibility, low maintenance and low commitment has been the most attractive components to this trend.

Growing financial advice

This is also good news for advisers who are looking to grow their business by reaching millennials as well as children or grandchildren of their existing clients. Gearing into shares may offer a practical solution for younger investors looking to accumulate wealth, save for a home deposit or their next trip overseas.

In a digital age, millennials have been raised with an abundance of quick information. They prefer the flexibility to move their money around or have the flexibility to travel without being tied down to a long term financial commitment. Shares act as a great alternative given the lower transaction costs and higher liquidity.

According to the ASX report, the top 3 reasons for using financial advice are:

Obtain advice tailored to their personal circumstances
Get investment ideas
Help them diversify their portfolios and minimise risk

Financial advisers can look at margin lending for suitable clients as it may help them reach personal goals such as saving for a home or their next trip. It allows advisers to apply an investment strategy rather than just stock selection to stand out from their peers.

Gearing also allows investors to add diversification to a portfolio, meaning they can use funds to buy a broader range of shares to spread their exposure.

Just like investing to borrow in property, borrowing to invest in shares also offers investors potential access to tax efficiencies.

Most importantly it allows them to leverage into a growth asset.

To discuss how your clients can make the most of gearing, call us on 1300 307 807.

This information is correct as at 12 July 2017.

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