Share investing for fun

  • 2 reasons to invest in shares: long-term growth and entertainment
  • New Zealanders’ interest growing fast — especially 25–44s and males
  • Like 1980s?
  • Unlikely to beat the market
  • Watch for pumping and dumping
  • Don’t be an insider trader
  • Margin trading and options
  • 2 helpful websites
  • Conclusion: only money you can afford to lose

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