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How to Start Investing a Deposit Between $5,000 to $9,999

Information verified correct on December 11th, 2016

Investing $5,000 to $9,999 presents you with multiple options but do you know which ones are best for you?

Putting your money in a bank account offers security, but you can get your money to work for you if you invest suitably. When it comes to investing some of your options include shares, futures and trading in foreign exchange and each comes with its own nuances. Learning about various investment alternatives is important because of the different levels of risk involved, and you may also have to deal with aspects like commissions, fees and minimum amounts.

Rates last updated December 11th, 2016
Rates last updated December 11th, 2016
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$
months
Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Min Bal / Min Deposit Interest Earned
ME Online Savings Account
Ongoing, variable 3.05% p.a. rate when you link to a ME Everyday Transaction account and make a weekly purchase with your Debit MasterCard using tap & go. Available on balances up to $250,000.
3.05% 1.30% 1.75% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Citibank Online Saver
Introductory rate of 3.00% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.70% p.a. Available on balances below $500,000.
3.00% 1.70% 1.30% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
RaboDirect High Interest Savings Account
Introductory rate of 3.05% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 2.00% p.a. Available on balances below $250,000.
3.05% 2.00% 1.05% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Bankwest Hero Saver
Ongoing, variable 2.65% p.a. rate when you deposit at least $200 each month and make no withdrawals. Available on balances up to $250,000.
2.65% 0.01% 2.64% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
AMP Saver Account
Introductory rate of 2.55% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 2.10% p.a. Available on balances below $5,000,000.
2.55% 2.10% 0.45% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
ANZ Online Saver
Introductory rate of 2.85% p.a. for 6 months, reverting to 1.25% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
2.85% 1.25% 1.60% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Westpac eSaver
Introductory rate of 2.71% p.a. for 5 months, reverting to a rate of 1.25% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
2.71% 1.25% 1.46% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
HSBC Serious Saver
Introductory rate of 2.25% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.60% p.a. Available on balances below $1,000,000.
2.25% 1.60% 0.65% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
BankSA Maxi Saver
Introductory rate of 3.00% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to a rate of 1.05% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
3.00% 1.05% 1.95% $0 $1 / $1 Open More
Bank of Melbourne Maxi Saver
Introductory rate of 3.00% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to 1.05% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
3.00% 1.05% 1.95% $0 $1 / $1 Open More
BankSA Incentive Saver Account
Ongoing, variable 1.85% p.a. when you make at least one deposit each month and no withdrawals. Available on the entire balance.
1.85% 0.01% 1.84% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Bank of Melbourne Incentive Saver
Ongoing, variable 1.85% p.a. when you make at least one deposit and no withdrawals each month. Available on the entire balance.
1.85% 0.01% 1.84% $0 $1 / $1 Open More
ANZ Progress Saver
Ongoing, variable 1.91% p.a. when you link to any Australian everyday bank account and deposit $10+ each month. Available on the entire balance.
1.91% 0.01% 1.90% $0 $10 / $10 Open More
Westpac Reward Saver
Ongoing, variable 1.85% p.a. when you deposit at least $50 and make no withdrawals each month. Available on the entire balance.
1.85% 0.01% 1.84% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Rates last updated December 11th, 2016
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$
months
Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Min Bal / Min Deposit Interest Earned
RaboDirect High Interest Savings Account
Enjoy a high variable rate on every dollar with no fees and no minimum balance.
3.05% 2.00% 1.05% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Bank of Melbourne DIY Super Saver
A SMSF savings account with no monthly account keeping fees and a competitive rate.
2.25% 1.00% 1.25% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Rates last updated December 11th, 2016
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3 Mths p.a. 4 Mths p.a. 6 Mths p.a. 12 Mths p.a. 24 Mths p.a. 36 Mths p.a. 48 Mths p.a. 60 Mths p.a. Min Deposit Interest Earned
Bankwest Online Term Deposit
Bankwest Online Term Deposit
2.30% 2.50% 2.70% 2.70% 2.60% 2.60% 2.65% 2.65% $1,000 Open More
RaboDirect Term Deposit
RaboDirect Term Deposit
2.40% - 2.60% 2.70% 2.90% 3.00% 3.05% 3.30% $1,000 Open More
St.George Term Deposit
St.George Term Deposit
2.20% 2.00% 2.30% 2.60% 3.10% 3.20% 2.80% 2.95% $1,000 Open More
Bank of Melbourne Term Deposit
Bank of Melbourne Term Deposit
2.20% 2.00% 2.30% 2.60% 3.10% 3.20% 2.80% 2.95% $1,000 Open More
BankSA Term Deposit
BankSA Term Deposit
2.20% 2.00% 2.30% 2.60% 3.10% 3.20% 2.80% 2.95% $1,000 Open More
Citibank Term Deposit ($75,000)
Citibank Term Deposit ($75,000)
2.50% 2.50% 2.95% 2.35% 2.35% 2.35% 2.35% 2.35% $75,000 Open More
Westpac Term Deposit
Westpac Term Deposit
2.10% 2.00% 2.20% 2.50% 3.00% 3.10% 2.70% 2.85% $5,000 Open More
ING DIRECT Term Deposit
ING DIRECT Term Deposit
2.10% 2.60% 2.10% 3.00% 2.70% - - - $10,000 Open More

What are my options when I want to invest $5,000 - $9,999?

  • Pay outstanding debt

Chances are you have existing debt in the form of outstanding credit card dues as well as different types of loans. Spending some of your money to pay these off is a good idea, not only because it helps you become debt-free faster, but also because doing this can help you save some money in the form of interest. Fees and charges can apply when you repay some kinds of loan ahead of time.

  • Contribute to your superannuation

If you, like most others, are saving for your retirement, contributing to your superannuation fund can be a good idea. Your contribution from post-tax income is not subject to tax up to certain limit. If you make contributions from post-tax income and earn less than $50,454 per annum you benefit further because the government matches your donations and this money adds to your super as well.

  • Managed funds

A managed fund consists of multiple investors who have a investment manager making trades on their behalf. You can benefit through the expertise of the investment manager without having to do groundwork on your own, but you can’t expect guaranteed returns.

  • Share market

Seasoned investors tend to dabble in the share market because it normally offers better returns than bank accounts. By buying a share, you’re essentially getting a unit of the company in question. If the company generates profits, you stand to earn dividends, and you can also benefit by increase in share prices.

  • Options

Options are contracts that let you buy or sell underlying assets at specified prices on specified dates, without actually having ownership. The time period they remain valid for can vary from a few weeks to a few months. Investing in options requires that you learn the tricks-of-the-trade well, failing which you can lose money.

  • Futures

You can benefit by investing in futures through considerable leverage. With $5,000, you can control a futures contract worth around $75,000, but needing access to additional cash if there’s a margin call can be a problem. Besides, the end result can be you losing more money than you’d started off with.

  • Trading foreign exchange

You can benefit through noticeable leverage by investing in foreign exchange, but you can also suffer significant losses. Learning how this field works in not difficult and you don’t have to invest much when you start.

  • Term deposits and high interest savings accounts

Anyone looking for guaranteed returns can consider setting money aside in a term deposit or a high interest savings account. While a term deposit requires that you put your money away for a chosen time period, high interest savings accounts offer easier access to funds.

  • Cash management accounts

A cash management account comes with multiple components such as a savings account, an online trading platform and a super fund. Such accounts let you handle your investment requirements through a single platform.

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How do I compare investment products?

  • Minimum amount requirements. If you want to open a term deposit the starting point is usually $500 or $1,000. In the share market, you can buy just one share, and how much you’ll have to spend depends on the share’s value. You can start investing in futures with little money and this is also the case with trading in foreign currency.
  • Fees and commissions. If you’re planning to go the shares and futures way expect to pay some kind of brokerage fees. If you’re hoping to pay fixed fees per trade you’re better off looking at online brokers because full service brokers normally charge fees as percentages of all trades and deal with high net-worth clients. High interest savings accounts and term deposits tend not to charge any account keeping fees.
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What are the pros and cons to investing in an asset other than a savings account?

Pros

  • Government guarantee. The Australian Government Guarantee Scheme provides security to deposits of up to $250,000 per person per institution, and you can fall back upon this scheme in case your financial institution has trouble in honouring your deposit. To make the most of this scheme, you can consider banking with multiple institutions when cumulative balances in any one institution crosses the $250,000 mark.
  • Guaranteed returns. Putting your money in a savings account is a safe bet because you’ll continue to earn a standard variable rate for as long as you keep money in the account. Online banks tend to offer better rates than conventional banks because they benefit through reduced overhead costs. Credit unions also offer competitive interest rates because they don’t have to share profits with shareholders. If you choose the right account and play your cards right you can even earn bonus interest.
  • Cater to different needs. Features that savings accounts come with can vary from one offering to the next, allowing you to choose an account as per your needs. If you want 24/7 access to money in your account, pick one that provides free access to online and phone banking. If you want to use money in your account to pay bills, you can find an account that provides BPAY access.

Cons

  • Inadequate returns. Savings accounts in Australia tend to offer interest rates in between 2% and 3.5%. These rates are lower than what you stand to make through other means of investments.
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What are the risks?

  • Limited information. A little research can go a long way in the world of investments even if you’re putting your money is a seemingly simple asset like a term deposit. This is because not all financial institutions offer the same interest rate. When it comes to dealing with more complicated assets like shares and futures, learning the intricacies becomes all the more important.
  • Fees. When you invest your money, you’ll use the services of a financial institution or a broker, or both. Before you begin any such relationship, take time you find out how much you may have to pay as fees in different situations.
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Is there anything else I should consider?

  • Risk. In most cases, there is a direct link between the risk your investments face and the returns they generate. If you’re looking at greater potential returns, it is only natural that you should prepare to take higher levels of risk. However, risk perception can vary and does not have a necessary bearing on statistical analysis.
  • Risk profiling. Your willingness to take risk coupled with how it can affect your judgement translates into your risk profile. By going through the process of risk profiling you address aspects like risk capacity, risk required and risk tolerance, and this helps you arrive at optimal investment risks.
  • Financial goals. Setting financial goals is crucial but you should be able to measure how you’re doing as and when required. When planning for retirement, calculate just how money you’ll require when time comes.

Frequently asked questions

Why should I diversify my investments?

Diversifying your investments across different asset classes can help you minimise risk. You don’t have to suffer much if any asset underperforms because benefits from other assets can offset the same.

Are there any risks associated with the share market?

Yes. The value of shares can drop all the way down to zero and if the company you’ve invested in goes bankrupt you stand to lose all your money.

What are penny stocks?

Penny stocks are stocks that trade at low prices, typically under $5. They tend to come with higher risk in comparison to conventional stocks.

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She is currently studying a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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