Australia is the world’s seventh and Asia-Pacific’s first most prosperous economy. Its wealth of natural resources (including coal, iron ore, copper, gold, natural gas, and uranium) as well as its trade and investment ties with Asia has powered its economic growth and development.
As a country known for its rich natural resources, Australia is home to a number of mining companies including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals and Newcrest Mining. Oil and energy companies such as Santos Limited, Origin Energy and Woodside Petroleum also count Australia as their home country.
Although the resource-rich nation is well-known for its minerals and fuels that made up over half of its exports, this triple-A rated economy is predominantly services based. 80% of its GDP is generated by service sectors including finance, construction, health-care, transport and warehouse, wholesale and retail, education and training, information and telecom.
The Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) is the main market exchange where you can invest in Australian publicly listed companies.
As one of the developed economies in the world, Australia has a strong regulatory and compliance system that governs its financial markets. Its high standing and positive reputation in the global financial markets has attracted international businesses to list in the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). This also means a strong inflow of international investments to Australian companies and businesses.
If you are looking to invest in the Australian stock market, you will have access to some of the world’s leading companies including miners, banks and other investment management firms. While buying and selling stocks listed in the ASX is the most direct way of participating in this market, you can also trade Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs), options and other instruments to diversify your portfolio.
If you want to diversify your portfolio and want to consider investing in Australia, here are some of the leading Australian companies you can invest in:
To invest in the Australian Stock Exchange, you can use the Monex Securities Australia multi-market platform. This easy to use platform gives you access to more than 50,000 listed securities in 12 global markets including the US, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.