First time posting here so please be gentle! I recently discovered that money sitting in a bank at 4% interest wasn't really going anywhere fast, so I went through RBS Morgan's to invest ~21k in the ASX top 200. Since that time I've discovered the wonders of Belldirect, and so use them now for subsequent share purchases.
When I went with RBS Morgan's, I was very tempted to buy Apple shares, but was told they traded on the NASDAQ and that I should stick with the ASX for now.
I'm sure this is very sage advice, but truth be told I've got myself to the point where for my own state of mind I just have to buy these shares, even if it's only ~1-3k worth. I have these dreadful visions of having junior on the knee and telling stories like "it was 1986 when I sold my Microsoft shares, got about $100 out of it" and sobbing. It will be most last and only "gut and emotion" driven purchase of shares.
Why I am asking here is if someone could give me a step by step guide to the cheapest way to actually purchase these shares. From what I understand it is possible for Australians to have US shares, but Belldirect only seems to let you trade on the ASX. If you could direct me to an online broker or even a FAQ on purchasing shares on overseas markets I'd really appreciate it. I've hunted and hunted on google and come up with very little.
If what I am doing is totally not worth it, I would really love to hear a list of the "downsides".
Thanks in advance for your help.