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Is Online Stock Trading Right For You

The internet has opened up a world of possibilities from shopping to education to financial success delivered through a wire straight to our desktops and laptops. The internet revolution has empowered the small investor to educate themselves and to make financial gains in the arena of day trading and the internet stock exchange.

The traditional hassle of finding a broker and reaching them directly via phone or even e-mail is rapidly becoming obsolete. Online trading has advanced the average stock broker into a whole new realm. For some it’s a marvelous pandemonium that has freed them from obsolete tradition. For others, online stock trading is a scary sea of the unknown and an abyss of pitfalls.

Fortunately, with a little education and a little research the average stock trader can decide whether trading stocks are the right tools for success or if they are more comfortable sticking with traditional venues. Exploring that education is vital even if you are already involved in online stock trading. There is always room for improvement and always more profitable ventures.


We already know that the stock market is a volatile and unforgiving arena. Some people do very well in the stock market while others lose every penny they invest. What is the difference between these two types of investors? Some would say luck, and while luck does factor into the picture in its entirety, it is a very low percentage factor in stock investments.

Online internet trading still allows an individual investor the ability to obtain a broker and receive consultation, although most report that the brokers who rely on internet clientele are not as customer service oriented as the traditional broker whose brick and mortar office is just a few miles away. Online brokers tend to give most of their time and attention to the large accounts while the smaller accounts often fall to the wayside. That does not mean they do not provide a valuable service. It simply means that the service provided is about what you can expect of most online only services. Successful online companies have a very large clientele and can afford to lose a few who they consider to be a little too needy.

However, the online stock broker tends to have lower fees and commissions in return for their lack of availability. Traditional stock brokers have the ability to receive orders online but their commissions remain about the same as calling them on the phone and dealing with them in the traditional fashion.

Internet stock trades tend to be faster and more reliable, but beware, not all of them are instant. There are some basic options when it comes to buying or selling stocks online. Your request can either be set to a price or set to shares. Depending on the firm you are utilizing, you may not receive the same price that you noticed on the stock ticker of too much time has gone by or the stock made a sudden increase or decrease.

This not all that different from traditional stock brokers, however there is the notion that anything online is instantaneous. Most firms, whether online or tradition will explain these details when opening an account. There are a few however, that expect you to do your own research and offer very little in customer support. The simple adage to this basic issue is look before you leap.

About Emma Gilbert

Working in the marketing industry since 2002. This blog is one of my hobbies.

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