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Some Guidelines On Online Investing

Aug 17, 2007
In this age everything seems to be going online and the stock market too has fallen suit. However people seem to have many qualms about online investments. What you should realize is that if you can perform so many of your tasks like banking, paying bills, etc, online you can surely trade your stocks too. It is however imperative to know what you are looking for and your limits before you begin.

While beginning, you will have to fill in the answers to some general questions. Some of these include the type of account you want and the source of funds. The account type is dependent on whether it is taxable or tax-deferred. Another factor is whether you are opening the account for yourself or another person.

The next stage includes deciding if your account will be cash or margin. A cash account means you are only able to place trades for investments with money in your account. A margin account gives you a credit line from your brokerage firm. Another alternative is a margin account with options. This means you are purchasing the right to buy and/or sell a stock at a specific price. This alternative is pretty complicated and is sought only by experienced traders.

After the initial formalities of filling in the account type and the rest, you must deposit the money. This can be done via a check or a bank transfer.

As a beginner, always be cautious and watchful. Start with smaller amounts and go on increasing the volume invested as you gain in experience and confidence. Also try to remain unbiased while investing. Ensure that your portfolio boasts of a proportionate investment in stocks, bonds and cash.

Investors also tend to advise you to bail out on mutual funds. However remember that keeping your mutual funds can be a wise decision, at least till you gain a firm foothold in the stock market.

Another point to consider is that the online firms will also charge you fees. Thus before doing any deals especially large scale ones always check the brokerage fees. These fees are generally cheaper than the personal full time service charges but can yet sum up to a considerable amount.

Also be aware of certain hassles involved especially as you are dealing online. You should be prepared for a breakdown in the connection, an inability to connect; the server of your firm could have crashed or you could face a software glitch. Always keep another option ready like phone trading that could aid you in such times.

As in any investment, always do your groundwork. Make a thorough study about the company you are dealing with and its pros and cons. Read all the terms and conditions well before entering into any deal. You should be absolutely aware before heading into a deal and never take any drastic steps.
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