How to buy Apple shares 

Apple company is one of the giants of the world economy and high-tech industry. It specializes in the production of smartphones, tablets, laptops, online services and software. Apple shares are popular among investors because the size of the issuer's annual revenue reaches several hundred billion. Moreover, the company pays dividends, and its value is constantly growing. If you are interested in how to buy Apple shares, read this article to get useful information about the company and the price dynamics of the shares. Besides, you will learn how to buy Apple shares in the South Africa.

Apple was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne and Steve Wozniak in Cupertino, the United States. The IPO was held in 1980. And already at that time, Apple shares could be purchased.

The company reached significant success between 2005 and 2008 thanks to the release of the first iPhone. It immediately resulted in an upward trend for Apple stocks making the company reach the highest market cap.

In 2008, Apple made another breakthrough with the world's thinnest laptop, the MacBook Air. It was followed by the release of the iPad in 2010. Subsequently, each new release of Apple products like the Apple watch became an event of almost global scale, and it was followed by an increase in Apple share price.

Apple started with 4.6 million shares at $ 22 per share. In July 2018, the company had $ 4.8 trillion shares, and the value of its share on November 1, 2018, was $ 222.

In August 2018, the financial situation of the company was booming as Apple reached a capitalization of $ 1 trillion.

Currently, the main offices are located in Austin (Texas) and Cupertino (California). A wide distribution network is deployed all over the world. The corporation has its own branded Apple Stores all over the world. The company keeps growing, starting new projects and releasing new products, so its shares have huge potential.

How to invest in Apple shares 

Changes in Apple securities are taken into account when calculating many stock indices, including NASDAQ, Nasdaq 100, NASDAQ Computer, Dow 30, DJ Composite, DJ US, S&P 500, S&P 100, S&P 500 Information Technology.

In August 2020, one Apple share cost $499.23. And the company decided to conduct a stock four-for-one split. This initiative made it less expensive for Apple investors to buy shares.

It immediately reduced the price of a share to $127.58 on August 31, 2020, allowing a much wider audience to buy Apple shares.

Invest in Apple shares
Invest in Apple shares

Apple shares Investment Platform  

The main trading platform for Apple stocks is the US stock exchange NASDAQ. They are traded with the ticker AAPL (NASDAQ: AAPL). In addition to it, Apple shares can be purchased on European markets, in particular, on:

  •         Frankfurt Stock Exchange
  •         Swiss Exchange
  •         Berlin Stock Exchange
  •         Vienna Stock Exchange
  •         Munich Stock Exchange
  •         Stuttgart Stock Exchange
  •         Hamburg Stock Exchange.

Individuals are not allowed to order shares directly from these platforms. But they can still reach the stock market via a broker.

Apple Shares - Stock Quotes
Apple Shares - Stock Quotes

How to start investing in Apple shares 

The stock exchanges act as an intermediary between those who want to buy and sell shares. Due to the huge amount of demand and supply, transactions on the exchange between the participants occur instantly. But for a private person, there is no direct access to trading on the exchange. They have to work through brokers. A broker is also an intermediary between a trader, the exchange and other trading participants. Thus, it will buy shares on your behalf.

Information about Apple shares on the platform
Information about Apple shares on the platform

 How to register 

To start buying shares, you just need to find a reliable brokerage company and register on its website. It will allow you to get real-time access to stock market locations all over the world. Normally, you need to state your name and email to become a full-fledged participant of the trading platform. But it is vital to remember that only verified traders can withdraw money from the account.

Registration on the platform
Registration on the platform

How to open a demo account 

It is important to test your skills before you invest real money. It is easy to do as a prevailing number of brokers allow you to train for free on the demo account. You get access to a trading terminal and virtual account. Trading on a demo account allows a beginner to hone trading skills, test various strategies and learn to read technical indicators. Only after successful trading on a demo account you can proceed to actual trading with real money.

How to open a real account 

Once you are registered on the platform, you will need to specify what type of account you want to activate. While a demo account is automatically available to every trader after the registration, the real account requires the minimum deposit. This sum is different for each broker and can vary from $5-10 and to even $1,000.

How to open real or demo account
How to open real or demo account

How to fund a deposit 

First of all, you need to read carefully the payment terms of the broker. Usually, this information can be found on the official site of the company. Most brokers accept a variety of electronic payments, bank transfers, and bank cards. As a rule, you can replenish the account in your home currency, and it will be automatically converted.

Deposit replenishment
Deposit replenishment

Minimum deposit amount 

As it has been already stated, you can open a trading account after depositing a minimum sum that a broker requests. If you do not have much experience in trading, opt for a broker with the lowest minimum deposits. Some companies allow you to open a trading account with only $5-10.

How to withdraw money 

Only verified traders can ask for money withdrawals. The verification procedure usually demands copies of ID documents as well as the home address. It is advisable to pass this stage during the registration stage. The verification process may take several days.

Some brokers ask to withdraw many via the same channel used to deposit the funds. Take time to read reviews to see if the broker transfers money without delays.

 Security of Apple share Investments 

Investing in stocks can lead to both profits and losses. It is a serious market with its own rules and tendencies. It is not always easy for a beginner to apply technical analysis to predict the current share price moment. But if you invest wisely and with minimal risks, then the chance of earning is quite high.

Apple is increasingly interested in the healthcare market. It is building health tracking technologies in the iPhone and Apple Watch. The company is partnering with hospitals and clinics to provide patients with access to the health information on the iPhone. Apple even has ambitions to set up its own employee clinics and has been recruiting staff to work under Apple subsidiary AC Wellness. Moreover, Apple is also interested in the development of self-driving cars.

How safe is it to invest in Apple shares 

It is important to take into account the position of the company in the financial market. It will give a general idea of ​​how the corporation is developing and whether the sale of shares will be profitable. How to invest in Apple shares? First, you can buy Apple shares and receive a dividend yield. Secondly, you can act on the buy-sell principle: buy the required amount of securities and track the movement of their price on the chart. When Apple’s share price rises, the stock can be sold, and a profit can be made from the difference between the buy and sell prices. 

The investor himself chooses whether to keep stocks for the purpose of long term investments (not to sell them at all, earning on dividends or sell them in a few years) or to focus on short-term trading, regularly trading CFDs and earning income from the price difference.

Is it safe to invest in Apple shares online 

The first and foremost step for a novice investor is to find the right online broker. There are dozens of brokerage companies providing their services. But not all of them are reliable enough to trust your money. Here are several parameters to be taken into account when choosing South Africa broker.

Regulation. Every reputable broker must have a license. The information about licenses must be indicated on the company's website. A brokerage license is a document that gives the right to carry out brokerage activities. Licenses are issued by specialized authorities – regulators. On their official website, you can check the broker's license.

Experience. The age of the company is another important criterion for reliability. If a brokerage company is just starting its activity, then there are risks that it will not be able to immediately provide high-quality services, or it will close, being unable to withstand the competition. It is better to focus on brokers that have been on the market for at least 5 - 10 years.

Trading terminal. A good broker, as a rule, provides a trader with several different trading platforms. Many companies develop proprietary terminals. You need to choose the most suitable and convenient trading platform for you, or even more than one. If you are using mobile trading, make sure there are dedicated mobile trading apps available.

Financial instruments. It is vital to check what financial instruments the brokerage company provides for trading. Choose the companies with a wide selection of assets. It gives you a choice to immediately switch to other markets - cryptocurrencies, gold, stocks, ETFs, and so on.

Spreads, fees, leverage. Reputable brokerage companies offer several types of trading accounts, which may have different spreads, commissions, account currency. You need to carefully read the terms of each of these trading accounts and choose the one that suits you best. Spreads and commissions should not be significantly higher than the market average. Another important feature is the ability to independently choose the size of the trading leverage.

Minimum deposit. For new traders, the size of the minimum deposit matters a lot. If you are only starting your trading career, avoid companies with high minimum deposit requirements. Some companies allow you to start trading with a symbolic deposit of $5 only.

Deposits and withdrawals. Before replenishing your account, you need to carefully study the payment terms of the broker. The official website of the company should provide detailed information about payment channels available to its clients. It must also indicate the size of the commission for all the operations on the platform.

My investments in Apple shares are protected 

No one can guarantee you will definitely profit when buying stocks of any public company. So It is also advised to diversify the investment basket to get variable income. You need to buy shares of various companies. For example, simultaneously invest not only in Apple but also in the manufacturer of electric vehicles Tesla and auto giant General Motors. Thus, a fall in the shares of one company will not bring significant financial losses. 

 FAQ:

Can you buy Apple shares?

All traders can buy Apple shares via online brokers that have legalized access to the stock market. To make a purchase, you need to register on the preferred platform, and it will give you access to the shares and other financial instruments.

Apple actively develops and brings new models of smartphones and other modern electronic devices to the market. It invests funds in the development of augmented and virtual reality. It will increase the range of services provided to users, which may boost the issuer's revenue and profit. As practice shows, such initiatives lead to the fact that the price of shares on the exchange begins to increase.

Apple shares are traded on the US stock exchange NASDAQ and many European markets. Individuals can obtain Apple securities via online brokers.

AAPL share price for today is $130.76 per share.

You can buy even one share via online trading platforms. If you do not have enough funds to buy securities, then the best way would be to trade CFDs or options, where you can also receive high profits for each transaction.

According to Apple's policy, stock dividends are paid four times a year. The amount allocated for the payment of dividends is up to 30% of Apple's net profit. After the register is closed, shareholders receive the money within a week.

Nowadays, Apple securities are available via online brokerage platforms to all individuals worldwide, including South Africa. You can either buy Apple shares or trade financial derivative instruments with Apple securities as the underlying asset.

In August 2020, Apple conducted a four-for-one split of its shares. Stock quotes immediately dropped from $499.23 to $127.58 on August 31, 2020.

All companies were affected by COVID-19 in 2020 and Apple was no exception. But all price drops were temporary and did not affect company market valuation.

Despite occasional downtrend, Apple shares have a generally stable upward trend. The company plans to increase production in the first half of 2021 by 30% over the same period in 2020. So we may say that Apple shares price will keep growing. 

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