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Investing 101 - How To Buy Stocks?

Aug 11, 2008
We all hear about it and it sure does sound like a great idea but most people really have no clue on where they should start investing in stocks. When it comes to where you can buy stocks you'll have a wealth of choices and now more then ever because of how easy it is to purchase stocks over the Internet. Using the Internet is great because not only can you busy and sell stocks but you'll also be able to research, compare, ask questions about shares you're interested in before you even buy anything.

To start off in this game one of the first things you're going to want to do is find a good stock broker. What is a broker you ask? Well basically a broker is an individual that represents a stock brokerage firm. These people are trained in the art of buying and selling stocks and are legally able to do trading on the stock market. When you choose a broker they will purchase, sell, and trade stocks for you and also if you choose the right ones they'll give you solid investing advice as well.

When dealing with brokers there will be all kinds out there that you can choose from. One of the common kinds of brokerage firms that you'll hear people referring to are discount brokerages. These firms will help you mostly with the buying and selling of stocks but without as much advice and services offered. Because they don't often give you so much personal investment advice their fees and commissions will be much lower. The good news is because of fierce competition out there in the market place for stock investment dollars you can often find discount brokers that offer great services and still only charge reduced commissions and fees.

Another option you'll run into which may be a nice option for a new stock market investor is what is referred to as full service stock brokers. As the name entails full service stock brokers will be more like personal coaches to help you along your stock investment journey. They'll offer advice, analysis of stocks, research, and most importantly work with you and develop and investment plan that works to fit in with your overall financial goals. They will charge higher fees then discount brokers but if you take your time and find a full service firm that has a good reputation and that you can trust it might be just the place to get your feet wet in the stock market with the help of a seasoned pro walking beside you and helping you make informed decisions as you invest.
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Sam provides further tips on how to purchase stocks through his comprehensive website giving all sorts of information on how to invest in the stock market.
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