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Ways to invest in Apple
The simplest way to invest in Apple shares is to create an account with a stock broker. There are lots of online platforms that allow you to trade stocks quickly and inexpensively, and often have beginner accounts or tutorials to help ease you in to the stock market.
There are lots of other ways to get your hands on some Apple stock as well, however. You can buy into various investment vehicles, like a mutual fund or an exchange-traded fund, so you can gain exposure to Apple shares without having to micromanage the buying and selling yourself. Use the links below to learn more about each method for investing in Apple.
What is Apple?
Apple is a multinational corporation that makes a wide range of highly popular products, including smartphones, laptops, and tablets. It’s the largest online company in the world by market capitalisation and one of the most recognisable brands around.
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How to invest in Apple
As a beginner, it’s a good idea to get to know all the options available to you before you venture any of your money. Here is a quick summary of how to invest in Apple stock, using a variety of methods. To learn more, follow the link to our guides on each subject.
- Stock brokers. The simplest route to Apple stock is to use an online stock broker. Many online stock brokers charge just a few pounds per trade. They also usually offer some basic research tools to help you better understand the potential risks and rewards of buying Apple shares.
- Exchange-traded funds (ETFs). An ETF tracks an entire index of companies, owning stocks in every business on the list. You can then get shares in the ETF to gain exposure to all of them, which is a good way to spread risk. Lots of these funds hold Apple shares as it’s one of the most popular stocks around.
- Mutual funds. A mutual fund is an investment method that pools money together from many different people. A fund manager then takes that money and puts it in a variety of stocks, with the goal of making money for everyone over the long term. Apple is also one of the most widely held stocks by mutual fund managers.
- Investment trusts. A trust is a pooled, closed-end approach that’s commonly used by UK residents. It differs from a mutual fund in that the total amount the manager has to spend is fixed, and the only way to gain access to it is to buy shares in it from someone else. Again, lots of these trusts hold Apple shares.
- Apple CFDs. Another option is to trade a contract for difference (CFD). The biggest difference between trading with a CFD vs. buying shares through an online broker is that you don’t own any actual shares. Instead, you use CFDs to try to predict fluctuations in Apple’s price. One more advantage of CFDs: They allow you to trade with leverage, which is when you borrow money from your broker to make a trade, giving you a chance at a bigger profit if you correctly predict which way the stock will move.
- ISAs. An ISA (Individual Savings Account) is a tax-free savings account that lets you set aside a portion of your income (in the UK, it’s fixed at £20,000 per year). Within your ISA you can own all kinds of assets and any gains are tax-exempt.