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Stock Market Online Trading

Dec 31, 2007
Since the first stock started trading on a stock exchange, the stock market has created millionaires. This has not changed since then. Stock trading can be an exciting hobby or a very profitable career. While many still invest the traditional way and buy stocks for long term gains, more and more people trade online and make profits even intraday.

Today you can buy and sell stocks around the clock in almost every stock market in the world. The US stock market is still very popular but why not investing in some of the great companies overseas? It has become so easy today to buy shares online that everybody with a PC and access to the Internet can do it.

What makes stock trading so fascinating? It is probably the possibility to get instant access to the markets. All the information you need is delivered in real time today at low costs. Stock quotes, fundamental data, news, charts. You can be your own investment adviser and make your own decisions.

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.

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 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.

Many brokers offer many trading platforms what does not make the choice easier. If you are a beginner in investing online then you are doing probably great by choosing one of the known brokers who offer entry level platforms which are easy to use. You have a buy and sell button and beside of defining the numbers of shares you want to order there is nothing more to decide. Once you have made a couple of trades want more, you can take a direct access platform which costs some money but allows you to do dozens of trades per day with ease.

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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