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Online Stock Market Trading For Beginners

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.

The fascination of online stock trading lies in the immediate feedback of your trading strategy. Your buy or (short) sell is executed almost immediately and you can see your profits and losses in real-time if you wish. You have everything at a glance, your stock quotes, charts, indicators, fundamentals and news. Everything at your fingertips.

Today there is almost no difference between a trader behind a trading desk at the bank and a private investor sitting behind his home computer. Both have cheap access to real time data of all the stocks they like to follow. The only difference might be the money an institutional investor has compared to a private trader.

If you want to invest online then you must decide if you want to do everything yourself or if you need advice from an experienced investment adviser. A full service broker can give you a helping help with all your questions you might have but he will charge of course for this service. A discount broker will just offer you fast and cheap order execution and you will have to make all trading decisions alone.

If you are more a speculator than an investor, you usually go with a discount stock broker because the commissions per trade are much cheaper. And since you are trading more often than an investor this can quickly add up. The average commissions for buying stocks is about $5 to $10 per order. The execution time of your order shouldn't be longer than 1 minute.

There are different types of trading platforms. The easy ones just offer basic order entry methods which are sufficient for the average trader and investor who places less than one trade a day. The more advanced ones offering highly sophisticated ways of routing your order to different market places. The advantage of these trading platforms lies in their execution speed but the handling requires some experience. Day traders who execute up to hundreds of trades per day are using such direct access trading platforms.

An investor has different goals than a speculator. Both want to make money but the strategies are different. There is plenty of room for every trader. You can choose between thousands of stocks every day. The markets are open for more than six hours a day, plus the extended trading hours.
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