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Getting started in investing can be daunting. By dipping your toe in the water of shares, funds, property and other investments you can learn as you go.

Not long ago you really needed $1000 or more as a minimum investment and the brokerage fees made buying and selling small investments unprofitable. Thanks to disrupters such as Sharesies, Hatch and other investing "platforms", first-time investors can get started for quite literally a few dollars at a time.

Low-cost online platform Sharesies in particular has grabbed the hearts and minds of many first-time investors. The idea is you buy small amounts

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Individual shares

Funds

Property

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