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Online Stock Trading Puts Finances in Your Hands

Aug 17, 2007
When you want to be in total control of your financial future, online stock trading may be something for you to look into. You can research companies on your own, also online, make your own decisions and make your trades when you are ready.

With many brokers having a web presence online, stock trading online is easier and faster than ever before. You`ll be surprised how easy it is. However before getting visions of dollar signs in your eyes, there are a few things you will have to have and know before you begin with online stock trading. First, you will need money, obviously, but it should never be borrowed money. While there is money to be made in the stock market, there is also money to be lost. Taking chances with someone else`s cash is not a smart idea.

You will also need to open an account with a reliable online brokerage firm. Which one will depend on what your research shows to be the best, easiest to work with, offering the cheapest trades and is willing to share advice about your choice of stocks before you make a decision. On average, to begin online stock trading on the Standard and Poor Index, most brokerages want a minimum of $5,000. If you want to buy and sell commodity options, look at depositing about $25,000 to get started. Many New York Stock Exchange online stock brokers will open an account for you for about $1,000 for a non margin account. To open a margin account will require a larger amount.

Research the stocks you want to buy and research the online stock trading companies. Don`t just rely on the information you find on the company website either. Do a thorough internet search of each company and make your choice on objective information. Check and see if they offur trailing stops for instant. Any company is going to tell you how great they are on their website and how much better they are than all the others. Some online stock brokerage companies will offer a bonus depending on the amount you put in your account. Don`t make your decision based on this.

Stock Trading Can Make Or Break You

You have undoubtedly heard stories about people who amassed fortunes trading stocks and they are out there, but keep in mind that if someone is making a lot of money, there are others losing a lot of money at the same time. Online stock trading gives you the benefit of almost real-time quotes and transactions, but also gives you the option of near-real-time losses.

It is essential that you carefully and fully research any stock before you buy it. Typically past performance, while an indicator of future success, other variables come into play. You should also understand the small cap market before you jump into it with both feet. Especially with online stock trading, small caps, those with a small number of shares traded daily, your gains, as well as losses, could mount quickly. I recommend you always use stop lose when trading stocks. It is recommended you always seek professional advice before joining in the online stock trading frenzy to fully understand the risks, as well as the benefits.
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