All that was new in 2022
The Sharesies platform turned five in 2022—and not only has the number of investors using the platform grown to over half a million, but what’s offered to those investors has also expanded.
Join us as we take stock of everything that’s been rolled out this year, and look ahead to what’s coming through the pipeline in 2023.
Auto-invest for all
Auto-invest is an important part of the investing experience on the Sharesies platform. Being able to pick an order, the amount you want to regularly invest, and then letting auto-invest place the orders helps with dollar-cost averaging—an especially useful strategy for when the share market dips.
At the start of 2022, auto-invest was only available for investments listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) and a handful on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Now, it’s possible to auto-invest in over 8,000 investments across the NZ, Aussie, and US exchanges that are available on the Sharesies platform—making it easy to regularly invest in your favourites.
App updates galore
The Sharesies platform has also had some upgrades under the hood, including:
Introducing face and fingerprint authentication, and PIN when logging in
Saying farewell to the hamburger menu, and hello to the nav bar
Helping you stay on the money with push notifications and an Activity Feed
Creating widgets, so you could check how your Portfolio is performing from the comfort of your home(screen).
Having your say
Voting is a powerful way to have your voice heard as an investor, and help influence the future of a company.
This year, Sharesies investors got access to even more of the benefits of owning shares with the launch of shareholder voting on the Sharesies platform—starting with companies listed on the NZX.
Pounding the pavement
Sharesies doesn’t just exist as the Portfolio in your pocket—it’s also all of you that make up our community of investors! This year, we made it our mission to get out and meet you.
We did in-person Share Club events in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, and had an absolute blast connecting with everyone that came along. A big thank you also goes out to our guest speakers who contributed investing insights to each night’s proceedings.
We also joined in on Ladies Finance Club’s 13 city roadshow around Australia—giving us the opportunity to talk far and wide about investing 101 and what it’s like to get started on the Sharesies platform.
Spinning yarns with special guests
During 2022 Sharesies stepped into the world of live webinars, enlisting Brendan (Sharesies’ AU Country Manager) alongside some special guests to dive deep into a number of investing topics.
There was Investing 101 with Brooke (Sharesies’ Co-CEO), Ethical investing with BetaShares and Perpetual, and Taking Stock: 2022 and beyond with Scott Phillips (The Motley Fool’s Chief Investment Officer)—and if you missed them the first time around, replays are available through the respective links or on our YouTube channel.
The Sum of It
Webinars weren’t our only first this year, as we also produced our first podcast.
With Brendan hosting a panel of guests from around the Australian financial scene, The Sum of It gave jargon-free answers to guilt-free questions—no matter how big or small those questions may be.
From deciding if investing is for you, to choosing what to invest in, Brendan and the panel lent their vast knowledge to answer the questions we all encounter on our investing journeys.
Teaming up to teach the masses
We didn’t go through 2022 alone—there were a number of fruitful friendships along the way.
We were lucky enough to team up with money expert Victoria Devine and her podcast She’s on the Money, to bring you some tips for financial freedom.
We also had a partnership with Pedestrian Group, who helped to bring financial conversations to the masses. Wrapping up all the content our partnership produced couldn’t fit in just one blog post—it took two to get it all in!
That partnership also produced our Unlikely Investors podcast series. Over eight episodes, Robbie Hicks and Lachlan Bradford (co-hosts of the Funny Business podcast) chatted with folks who aren’t your typical investors about how and why they started investing, and what they’ve learnt along the way.
What’s coming next?
Even after all of that, we’re not resting on our laurels. There’s a lot on the horizon for 2023:
Giving investors more control over how they buy and sell shares, with the introduction of live data, stop-loss orders, and the ability to have multiple auto-invest orders
Offering dividend reinvestment plans and auto-dividend reinvestment
Launching Kids accounts for anyone under 18 years old
Offering round-ups, instant payments, and bank linking for easy top-ups
Expanding shareholder voting into other share markets
Increasing top-up options through Apple Pay and Google Pay
Kicking off our refer a friend program.
Let us know what you think!
We’re really keen to hear what you think about these changes! You can let us know your feedback, or ideas for how we can improve Sharesies, by flicking us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ok, now for the legal bit
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