How to buy Apple (AAPL) shares from Australia

By   |   Verified by David Boyd   |   Updated 25 Sep 2023

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is a byword for luxury and exclusivity in the technology world. Let's take a look at how you can invest in Apple shares from Australia.

Unsure about how to start buying shares in the USA? Check out our complete guide.

About the company

Apple overview

Founded by visionary Steve Jobs and the first US company valued above US$1 trillion, Apple is a revolutionary brand that has turned the world of technology upside down with some of the most iconic inventions of the century, including the iPod, iPhone and the iOS operating system. Rumours persist of their intention to release an electric, self-driving car in competition with Tesla.

Unsure about what trading platform to use?

Where to buy Apple shares

eToro

On website

Highlights

  • Trade and invest in top financial instruments, including a wide selection of stocks.
  • eToro is regulated by CySec, FCA, and ASIC.
  • Your funds are protected by industry-leading security protocols.
  • Earn up to 5.3% annual interest on your balance.
Saxo Markets

On website

Saxo Markets

Highlights

  • Invest in 23,500+ stocks from ASX, New York, Hong Kong, and 50+ other global markets.
  • No platform fees, no inactivity fees, and no FX fees on each trade.
  • Analyse, improve and manage your risk using intuitive trading tools.
Pearler

On website

Highlights

  • Enjoy low, transparent fees.
  • An option to Autoinvest. Set-and-forget your investment strategy.
  • Simply invest into any ETF from one of Pearler's ETF managers for at least one year, and it's free.
  • Clearing House Electronic Sub-register System (CHESS) sponsored.
Superhero

On website

Highlights

  • Open an account with just $100 and start investing today with a $5 flat-free brokerage ($0 on US shares) on share trades.
  • Buy and sell US shares & ETFs with $0 brokerage plus trade unsettled funds.
  • Fund your account in minutes with PayID and enjoy realtime FX transfers for fast US share trading.
Tiger Brokers

On website

Highlights

  • Available for ASX, US & HK stocks trading, ETFs, and US options trading.
  • Free market data for ASX and US stocks.
  • More accessible investment to all with a demo account.
Webull

On website

Webull

Highlights

  • Trade AU & US stocks, ETFs, and Options with $0 commission for the first 30 days.
  • Provides intuitive and powerful advanced charts, multiple technical indicators, and premier Level 2 Advance (Nasdaq TotalView).
  • Regulated by ASIC.

Pros

  • Invest from as little as US$5.
  • No deposit or withdrawal fees.
  • Allows you to trade fractional shares.
  • Access to advanced trading tools.

Cons

  • Scarcity of instructional resources for investors.
  • Supports AU and US markets only.
Moomoo

On website

Moomoo

Highlights

  • Trade blue-chip stocks in AU and US markets.
  • Trade multi-markets and multi-products with a lower commission. No custodian fee.
  • CHESS-Sponsored trading is now available.
  • Regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

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First time buying?

How to buy Apple shares

Step 1: Pick a broker

An online broker is your intermediary between you and the buyer or seller of the shares you're trading. There are hundreds available online, all with different offerings.

Some of these include:

Commission-free trading

A lot of platforms giving access to US shares offer this feature. The cost of share trading can add up, and not having to pay commission can really save you money.

Fractional share investing

Fractional share investing means you can buy a part of a share rather than the whole thing. Investing with fractional shares also means market fluctuations affect you less strongly than if you buy full shares.

Easy-to-use trading platform

Trading in shares needn’t be complicated, so keep an eye out for a trading platform that is straightforward to use. If you're new to trading, educational content and a demo trading account would be useful too.

Research and reporting

Look for a platform that has a solid research and reporting section that can give you important information about Apple, including company overview, price history, recommendations and price forecasts.

Step 2: Fund your account

The next thing you need to do is to add funds to your account, which some brokers will require you to do in order to validate and activate your account. Remember that it can take several days for your funds to clear when opening a new account.

Step 3: Decide how much to invest

It’s important to have a strategy around how much money you want to invest. Fractional investing means you don't need to sink a lot of cash into your investment in one go. You can also lower the cost by slowly building up your portfolio in the dips and avoiding buying in peaks.

Step 4: Shares or an ETF?

You can also spread the risk through an Exchange Traded Fund or ETF, which is a product that is pegged to the value of a whole sector's market or a commodity rather than a specific company. This is safer because it is less likely to fluctuate wildly, but it also means that you are less likely to significantly beat the market either.

ETFs with exposure to Apple include SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV), and Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO).

Step 5: Decide your order type

Simply put, orders tell your broker how to behave.

Market orders are the simplest form of order and are literally just instructions to make a trade at the price the market is at that moment. Remember though, that markets move quickly, and the price you trade at may be slightly different from what you end up paying. Your Apple shares might have gone up or down in that time. For example, you place a buy order for Apple shares at US$125 but by the time the order executes the shares are trading at US$123.

Limit order

For buy limit orders, execution-only happens at the nominated price or lower. For example, you may want to purchase Apple stock for no more than US$120. Submit a limit order for that amount and it will only be executed if the Apple share price falls to US$120 or below.

Stop limit

This type of order means your shares are sold at a specific price or higher. Let’s say you want to sell your Apple shares at US$130 a share. When the shares reach that price, your stop limit order executes.

Stop loss

You set a price at which you decide it is no longer worth holding your shares. Let’s say for example you nominate US$100 as the price at which you will sell your Apple shares. If the price drops to that level, your stop loss order will execute.

Step 6: Place your order

Once you've made all your choices, it's time to execute your order. This is as easy as configuring your order and pressing a button.

After you buy

What moves Apple's share price

Share prices can be volatile. If you haven’t set up a stop loss, then you need to keep up to date with Apple-related stories that might affect their share price. Rumours, product releases — Apple typically have a predictable release cadence for software and hardware — investor reports, world news and quarterly profits. Every one of these can affect the value of your investment, and make it worthwhile to sell your shares or buy more.

It may also be worthwhile tracking the performance of other tech companies like Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), especially since Apple is increasingly diversified across industries and services.

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