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Benefits of Online Investing

Jan 13, 2008
Online investing has changed the stock market for good. If you have yet to open an online trading account then allow me to highlight the benefits of doing so. There are people who prefer to stick with traditional brokers for a number of reasons to include lack of time and lack of knowledge about the stock market. However, even these people could benefit from online investing in some way. Some of the benefits include near real time quotes, having more control over trading, and its a great hobby.

You dont have to know much about the market to understand what a good opportunity looks like. One of the benefits of online investing is being able to log into you account and get near real time quotes on any company. Thats not all of course, you can also see associated graphs that make it very easy to see if there have been any recent dips in a stock. Of course the other benefit of this is being able to see you money move in the market as you watch stocks go up or down. If you see that a stock has gone up 10% in the last hour then it is very easy to see you just made ten percent if you were to sell your shares at that point.

This brings me to another and very important point. You have more control over how your money is moved around. If you want to buy then buy, I you want to sell then sell. Its as easy as deciding how much to buy or sell and clicking on the buy or sell button. This can be a great benefit anytime in your investing life but is of even greater importance if you are a day trader. It feels quite nice to have this kind of control over your own money. Im not saying dont trust your broker, Im just saying online investing takes out the middle man.

If nothing else online investing can become quite the hobby. This is especially true if you are investing in stocks or industries that really peak your interest. It can become quite exciting to track the latest news and quotes and then go to your trading account to make the move. You can diversify you online trading account as much as you like. It never gets boring logging on to check out the latest on all your stocks. Online investing really causes you to become quite stock market savvy after a while. You just naturally pick up on all the lingo and terminology. You always have you finger on the pulse or rather finger on the keyboard ready to make your move.

There are still some benefits to working with a broker but they can still benefit from online trading. You can have an offline and online broker to combine fronts and experience. Online trading has been nothing less than a revolution. Go ahead and start a free account or several with companies such as Etrade or Scottrade.
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Scott Johns conducts research and analysis of stock market picks for a penny stock analysis company. To check out some of his company's latest picks go to Hot Penny Stock Picks
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