How to buy Facebook (FB) shares from Australia

By   |   Verified by David Boyd   |   Updated 23rd November 2021

How to buy FB shares
  • Facebook is still the world’s most popular social media platform. WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger are also part of the Facebook ecosystem.
  • Over 90% of its revenues come from digital advertising, a growing industry with a trend in rising ad pricing.
  • Facebook is planning to launch a new service that further strengthens its position against YouTube, owned by Google.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) is the world's most popular social media platform. It is a US based multinational technology company with headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Facebook was founded in 2004 by a group of roommates and students at Harvard University. One of them, Mark Zuckerberg, remains Chairman & Chief Executive Officer to this day.

Want to buy into the social media giant? Here's your complete guide to buying Facebook shares from Australia.

Read our complete guide to buying US shares.

Company overview

Facebook enables users to share news and events, photos, videos and exchange messages on their digital devices. As the world's largest online social network, it has over 2.853 billion monthly active users (as of mid July 2021). Competitor YouTube comes next with 2.291 million monthly active users. WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, all part of the Facebook ecosystems, make up the rest of the three spots in the global top five as of mid July 2021.

Facebook's 2020 revenue was US$85.97 billion. Over 90% of its revenue comes from advertising. More than half of its ad revenue comes from the U.S. and Canada with Europe accounting for 25%. It is a highly profitable company with gross margins of over 80% with an operating margin of 30%-plus.

The company's subsidiaries include PrivateCore, WhatsApp, Oculus and VR.

Where to buy Facebook shares

SelfWealth

On SelfWealth's website

Highlights

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eToro

On eToro's website

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Highlights

  • Trade and invest in top financial instruments, including a wide selection of stocks.
  • eToro is regulated by CySec, FCA and ASIC
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Superhero

On Superhero's website

Highlights

  • Open an account with just $100 and start investing today with a $5 flat-fee brokerage on ASX 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.
Pearler

On Pearler's 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.

Step 1: Select a broker

There are many online brokers that offer different options. When choosing a broker, there are some important features you should look out for. These are some of the key features to look for when choosing a broker.

Commission-free trading

Many US share trading platforms offer this option. It is possible to save money on share trading by not paying commissions.

Fractional share investment

Fractional share investment means that you can buy a portion of a share, rather than the entire thing. This may be worth considering as Facebook shares can be quite expensive.

Simple-to-use trading platform

It doesn't have to be difficult to trade shares. Keep an eye out for a platform that is simple to use.

Research and analyst's notes

You should look for platforms that have a strong research and reporting section. This section can provide you with important information about Facebook such as company overview, price history and recommendations, and even price forecasts.

Step 2: Fund your account

Next, deposit funds into your account. If you just opened a trading account, it might take some time before the funds clear so you can trade.

Step 3: Decide how much to invest

Fractional share investing is a great option as it allows you to start small and take on less risk. This also means you can make more money by buying in at low prices so your total cost is lower.

Step 4: Buy into an ETF or buy shares

You can either purchase shares and then own them directly or invest in ETFs. An ETF is less appealing to active traders since they have less control over allocation, but ETFs have the benefit of a lower risk profile. Many Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) — like Vanguard Communication Services ETF (VOX), iShares Global Comm Services ETF (IXP), and ProShares Ultra Technology (ROM) — have exposure to Facebook.

Step 5: Configure your order

You can customise what you buy and for how much. There are many order types. These are the main order types:

Market order

Order to purchase/sell shares instantly. This ensures that the order is executed immediately, but does not guarantee the price.

Let's suppose Facebook shares trade at US$355. The price of Facebook shares drops to US$352 after you place a purchase order. The price of your purchase will be lower. The same applies to price increases.

Limit order

Execution-only orders for buy limit orders are executed at the price quoted or less. You may wish to buy Facebook stock at a price of US$350. You can submit a limit order for this amount. It will only be executed if Facebook shares fall to US$ 350 or less.

Stop limit

This type of order allows you to sell your shares at a certain price if the share price starts dropping. Let's suppose you want to sell your Facebook shares if the price falls to US$352 per share. Your stop limit order is executed if the shares drop to this price.

Stop loss

Another mechanism aimed at preventing you taking a hit on your shares if the price drops. You nominate a price at which you want to sell your Facebook shares, for example, US$350 per share. Your stop loss order will be executed if the price falls to that level but your order will be filled at the next available market price, meaning your shares could sell for below US$350.

Step 6: Place your order

After you've chosen a broker and funded your account according to the amount you want to invest, and determined how you will invest your Facebook shares based upon the order type, you can place your order. This is usually done with a click of a button.

Step 7: Monitor your investment

Once you have bought a share, you need to keep an eye on your investment and its performance.

Facebook’s share price and company performance

Whether you invest in shares for speculation or to hold your investment over the long term, it is necessary to watch company performance. Those who invest with the idea of benefiting from stock price fluctuations need to keep a constant watch over price movements as well as business performance.

Watch global regulatory developments

Regulatory issues have been brewing globally for Facebook for a while, especially in the antitrust and content moderation areas. Developments in these areas are worth watching if you plan on holding Facebook long.

Competition

After Facebook, YouTube is the most popular social media platform in the world with 2.291 million monthly active users. Tiktok is also taking considerable marketshare, particularly within the key younger demographic.

In terms of competing for ad revenue, Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Facebook control more than 50% of the digital advertising market in the U.S.

Besides Google and Facebook, the trend in rising advertising rates can benefit Pinterest (NYSE: PINS), fuboTV (NYSE: FUBO), and Disney (NYSE: DIS).

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