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Understanding The Stock Market

Dec 31, 2007
Online stock trading is exciting. It can be a fulfilling hobby and a source of income. Many millionaires around the world have made their money by investing in stocks. Stock investments can bring lucrative profits short term and long term.

The Internet and the computer revolution made it possible that even your grandmother can place an order to buy stocks online today. Online stock trading has become very easy. Everybody with an Internet connection and a cheap PC can go online today and order shares. Not only in the US market but globally at almost any stock market in the world.

Everything is at your fingertips, the latest stock quotes, financial news, real time charts with indicators, market commentary and analysis. Whatever you need is right on you desktop. You only need to make a decision what to buy and press a button. Within seconds you are the owner of the stocks you wanted.

If you decide to trade from home or your office than you can have the same data as your investment banker has. Real time data are available at low costs today and the trade execution is almost the same as for the bank trader. Within 1 second you could get filled with your order to buy or sell stocks. However, the bank trader might have much more money on the side line what allows him to trade more aggressively.

There is a variety of online stock brokers today, more than we can count. How to find the right one? First you need to make the decision to trade either alone or together with the help of an experienced trader. There is nothing against doing everything yourself, with a discount broker you safe much fees and you are able to execute your trades yourself without human interaction. A full service broker gives you advice where you need it and does everything for you.

If you are joining the trading community because you want to make quick profits, you are better off with a discount broker. You will trade more often and the cheaper commissions save you a lot of money provided that you make the right decisions and make profits. A broker will charge you around $5 to $10 per buy or sell and the fill through a discount broker shouldn't take longer than a few seconds or a minute.

The trading platforms you get from your broker vary in performance, reliability and costs. If you are just starting with online stock trading then choose a known broker like Schwab for example. They have simple and easy to use trading platforms. Once you get more experienced and an active trader you might consider getting one of these direct access trading platforms. They cost something but offer a lot. Daytraders are using them to get filled in a split second.

The stock market gives you hundreds of opportunities every day. Thousands of stocks are listed on the various US stock exchanges and every stock is different. For more than 6 hours a day the regular market is open for taking your orders plus hours of special pre- and post market trading. You can spend your whole life analyzing and trading stocks back and forth.
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All you need to know about online stock trading before buying or selling stocks. Understanding the stock market is the foundation of your trading success.
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