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Basics of Online Stock Trading

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Written by trading expert:Professional Day Trader
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  • Author of the book Options Trading for beginners
  • Worked in finance in 12 years
  • Got a MBA in Finance, BA, International Business Administration And Marketing
  • Built a solid record of achievements through constantly developing financial markets
  • Traded on the most frequently utilized stock exchanges: TSE, LSE,NASDAQ, NYSE, Euronex Actively managed a 6-9 million dollar portfolio
  • Developed new and innovative trading systems and implemented them during trading hours
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In this article, online stock trading will be demystified, and made very simple. For beginners, online stock trading might seem like an uphill task, but with these basic tips, online stock trading would be easier and more enjoyable.

Researching and choosing stock

The first thing a proposed trader should know about stock trading is research. By researching, a beginner would understand what sort of stock to go for. This could be easier based on the interests of the person such as Technology, FMCG etc. However, this is just the first stage, as within these sectors, the trader would have to decide on what stock to choose which is dependent on the track record and performance of the company over a period of time. Armed with this information, a trader would be able to make an informed decision on the stock to choose.

Personal stock-trading services

The next thing a trader should consider is the platform through which online stock trading can be carried out. For beginners, this is a very important step to take as there are many sham online stock trading platforms that promise juicy freebies and bonuses. In order to ensure that the right one is picked, it is also important to check reviews, track record of payout to traders, terms and conditions for signing up, first deposit bonuses etc.

Practice your skills

This is extremely important for new traders. To learn how the online stock trading industry works, traders need to spend hours and hours practising before committing any finances to trading. Reading the news and financial websites is another way of learning about the online stock trading world.

Do not invest money you cannot afford to lose

For online stock trading, it is important that traders don’t invest money which they can’t afford to lose. It is guaranteed that money would be lost, but this is part of the learning process for online stock traders.

Diversify your investments

It is important to have a diverse investment portfolio as an investor. For traders, stocks can always fluctuate, but by spreading the risk and stock holding, traders can withstand the shock when issues arise in the stock market.

Make a plan

While some people rely on their gut feeling and things usually turn out well in the process, this may not be the same for online stock trading. Instead of relying on your gut feeling, be wise and make a plan. Traders can decide to spend 20% of their money on a particular stock, and spread the 80% into many other stocks when trading online.


These are some of the basics on online trading which in out of itself doesn’t mean traders would become successful overnight, but by applying these basic tips, traders would become better in online stock trading over time.

NOTE: This article is not an investment advice. Any references to historical price movements or levels is informational and based on external analysis and we do not warranty that any such movements or levels are likely to reoccur in the future. In accordance with European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) requirements, binary and digital options trading is only available to clients categorized as professional clients.
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