Investing in shares for doctors

By Matthew Vaughan-Davies

What are your thoughts on investing in the share market? Are you a confident do-it-yourself investor, or is investing in property, cash and fixed income assets more your comfort zone?

Favourite investment classes

Popular investment classes among doctors in Australia are:
• Property
• Fixed-income assets
• Cash
• Australian Shares
• Internation Shares
• Alternatives

Yet, of all the investment options, shares cause the most angst.

Shares of angst

For many doctors, the initial inspiration for investing in shares often comes from a hot tip—usually in the form of a friend spruiking about all the money he or she is sure to make on the stock market. But in reality, investing in shares this way always leads to disappointment. Most do-it-yourself investors speculating either lose some or all of their money. And when they do, few will elaborate on their losses. Instead, they’ll only brag about their gains.

How do doctors make money from investing in shares?

Doctors make money investing in the share market in two ways:

  • If the share price increases, the capital gain equates to money by selling the stock. For example, if you made a $20,000 investment in shares in 1990, it would be worth $248,000 today. That’s a compound interest gain of 8.76% per year and a total gain of 1141 percent.
  • Depending on the company share, you may also receive a share of profits in the form of a dividend. While not all companies pay dividends, when they do, it’s usually twice a year.
Is cash a safer option?
Doctors hesitant about the stock market always ask, isn’t my money safer in cash? No doubt investing in a term deposit is secure. However, with interest rates at historical lows, so are term deposit rates. Conversely, dividends from company shares can rate significantly higher than the rate of cash savings. Plus, stocks offer the potential for capital gains, whereas cash does not. For example, the average yearly return before tax on cash investments to shares over the 20 years to December 2017 was:

  •  Cash investments: 4.6 percent
  • Australian shares: 8.8 percent

While these figures are retrospective, and there is no guarantee of future trends—such as market volatility due to a pandemic—it does show how shares outperform cash over the long-term.

Doctor Do-it-Yourself

Most doctors tell us they don’t have the time to master the expertise astute share market investing needs. Yet, for those keen on do-it-yourself investing, most speculate rather than follow a strategic investment plan. While taking a punt on the next Fortune 500 company or trying to predict the share market wave might give you an adrenaline rush, it rarely builds wealth.

Choosing shares

Nine times out of ten, wealth building using shares comes from following a strategic investment plan created by a proven financial advisor. While there are a few do-it-yourself investors who retire rich, they are few and far between. Financial planners not only give expert advice on which stocks to buy, but they show you how to manage your risk.

Diversification is the best risk mitigation

Contrary to popular belief, portfolio diversification is more than holding shares with one or two major Australian banks, grocery retailers, and mining companies. A strategically diversified portfolio contains national and international stocks across multiple asset classes. That way, your portfolio offers robust returns while being able to withstand global market volatility.

Maximising tax benefits

At Carbon Medical, we determine your specific investment strategy with professional input from our Portfolio managers. Importantly the shares and other securities remain in your name. The advantage of which is any tax benefits, like franking credits, are 100 percent yours to claim.

Carbon Medical investment X-factor

Using the “Relative Value analysis” process, we rigorously seek the best financial assets for our clients. Consequently, we deliberately examine the Top 200 Australian stocks, along with the best performing international stocks. Our focus is on companies with a demonstrably safe track record.

By applying the Relative Value analysis process, our portfolio managers consistently analyse:

  • Quality of management
  • Dividend estimates
  • Earning estimates
  • Relative price to earnings
  • Price to earnings growth and enterprise value to earnings before tax, earnings depreciation and amortisation (EBTDA).

What this means for you is that we actively respond to the market. For example, if a sharp rise were to push specific shares in your portfolio above market price (i.e. overvaluation), we’d recommend selling a percentage of the holdings to take advantage of the capital gain before the market adjusts.

Sleep at night formula

Whether we are managing your tailored portfolio or a specific core portfolio, you get peace of mind knowing day-to-day investments decisions are in the safe hands of our expert portfolio managers.

Overall, we implement investment strategies to suit your investment profile while aiming for the highest returns. That way, you can focus on what you do best. But more importantly, with your investments and financial future are in our capable hands, you get to sleep at night.


If you would like to know more about wealth-building or diversifying your investment portfolio, talk to us at Carbon Medical. We’re available in person or via Skype or Zoom.

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