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How to Use Online Stock Trading to Maximize Your Profits

Sep 17, 2008
Online trading has been around for years now. Before the power of internet emerged, stock trading was limited to the halls of stock exchanges or dealing with brokers who charge expensive commissions to make transactions and manage a portfolio. All of this has changed; millions of people nowadays buy and sell stocks online not only in the U.S. market, but they buy and sell stocks all over the world markets.

As convenient as online stock trading is, not many people utilize it correctly to make money from stocks. On the contrary, it was believed for some while that the ease and convenience of online stock trading made people even lose more money than before. This doesn't always have to be case because successful stock traders use online trading to easily make their transactions, manage their investments and take advantage of every profit opportunity they might find.

Here are a couple of tips that will help you use online stock trading to your advantage.

1- Learn how to control your transactions: - This is the most important step that you have to take before you do anything else. All of the top trading accounts like E-trade or Ameritrade provide valuable and useful tools to help the online investor control their transaction. You can actually place buy and sell orders at defined price points and leave the whole thing to be automated! Not just that, you can place buy and sell orders to be executed on certain conditions or if the stock behaves in a certain way. For example, you bought a stock at $10 and you know that if it goes below $8 it will never stop falling. You can place an order to sell if the stock price reaches or drops below $8. Or you can place an order to sell the stock once it price reaches or rises above $13.

2- Learn the tools of the trade: - it isn't enough to open an online trading account, which is as easy as opening a PayPal account! All of the top trading accounts like E-trade or Ameritrade provide valuable and useful tools to help the online investor achieve maximum results. The tools you can find are like analysis tools where you can plug in some financial numbers concerning a certain stock like the price of stock, earnings per share, debt, equity, assets etc. After plugging in the numbers the analysis tool will calculate for you a number of ratios and financial indicators that will help you in making a decision like the debt to equity ratio, P/E ratio and book value of the stock. Another valuable tool that you can find is a real time tracking tool! Whenever you buy a stock, it goes into a table where real time data of the stock are displayed. Real time data like, stock price increases or decreases, selling or buying transactions and on what volumes and other indicators. This tool will actually instantly in real time calculate for you whether you are at loss or profit and the amount.

3- Use the speed of online trading to your advantage: - When you issue a buy or sell deal online, it will be executed in a matter of seconds. That's how fast it is nowadays. It could lead to a disastrous mistake for beginners who are new to the stock exchange. On the other hand, for the experienced traders, it is a blessing. You might have heard about day trading and actually the name help such in explaining it. Day trading is about stock traders who buy and sell stocks on the timeframe of one day. For example, a day trader can buy a stock on market opening at 9 a.m. and sell it anytime at the same day. This has only become possible because of the power of online trading. In order to use this method successfully, first determine your entry and exit points before hand and then place your orders. Very few stocks move big to give you big profits on the same day, but some do. In order to take advantage of these small ups and downs of the stock, you should invest larger amounts of money than usual.

4- Use the power of online research: - Nowadays, you can get any kind of information online. Suppose you want to invest in a company and need to make a decision fast. You can pull up the company history, financial annual and quarterly reports, insider's activity, any news on the company's business deals or new projects and much more online. Just type in the company name or stock symbol and download endless PDF reports and find dozens of links all about this company. This is a distinguishing feature of the internet age that you should harness to the fullest. This same research used to take weeks or even months before information started to be syndicated online. Do your due diligence to the fullest degree possible before you click your mouse to buy a stock!

As can be seen, stock trading online has a lot of advantages. A lot of tools and gadgets are available to empower you to become a better investor. My advice is first to set up a fictitious portfolio at the beginning and practice buying and selling like you are doing it in real time. Once you think you are becoming better doing it and made at least 3 profitable transactions, then start investing real money. I think it is an opportunity that everybody should explore regardless of the dwindling economy because there are many sectors in the economy that are still doing well like energy, alternative energy and precious metals and resources. Just practice enough and then go for it.
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