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Online Trading And Your Computer's Hardware

Aug 18, 2007
Online trading is huge today with more people subscribing to various online trading service providers. That so many people have shifted to online trading can be attributed to a few definite reasons.

In the earlier system of physical trading one had to be at the stock exchange to carry out trade. If it was not possible for you to find the time out, then you would hire a broker for you who would have carried out the transactions on your behalf against a commission. But many of us were not comfortable to working with individual brokers.

They could charge significant brokerage, and they also at times wanted you to trade on stocks where he had more of a profit than you did. With online trading you avoid such individual brokers altogether. The brokerage firms hosted online charge only a fraction of what the brokers charged earlier, and their services are also great with a lot of value-addition to your trading methods.

Online trading also allows you to work according to the time that suits you. So you can be trading well beyond market hours. So you can buy the stocks after you finish your dinner or you can start your day making some crucial investments as you have your breakfast.

Online trading has been made possible because of a combination of three factors. First of all there has been a tremendous development in communication technology, with the internet breaking all barriers. The computers have also developed immensely now with hardware that can be compared to supercomputers of a few decades ago. And the software to handle online trading has also seen a lot of advances.

The kind of development we have seen on the hardware front is truly amazing. While you are trading online, you are basically dealing with a lot of data. And all this data is real time. As you see the data you need to analyze it and understand it. There are software today that will do the same for you. But for those software to perform and produce the best results the hardware in your computer must provide full support.

Today the processing speed of computers is amazing with processors of more than 3 GHz a common thing. Along with it the RAM has also increased manifold with many computers today coming with 2 GB RAM if not more. Also has increased the HDD or the hard disk memory space with most computers coming with a minimum of 80 GB of free space. Of course the upper limit is much higher. And not only has the hardware improved, the prices have also dropped ensuring computer penetration is maximum today.
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