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Beginner’s Guide To Online Trading

Just a few short decades ago, the world of share trading was considered to be only accessible to the chosen few.

Then, trading went online. Suddenly, there was an open door to the world of stocks and shares. What had once been accessible only to a small number was now accessible to the public. This newly accessible world of share trading attracted people from all walks of life, from retired couples to housewives. The differences between traditional and online trading are as follows:

The cost of traditional trading is higher, which pushes more cost-conscious traders towards online trading.

Traditional brokers close when the stock exchange closes. Online brokers appear to be available 24/7, which gives greater flexibility to investors.

Traders tend to develop close relationships of trust with their broker, unlike online brokers, who tend to remain out of reach.

Information on the stock exchange is readily available to traders. This enables them to make responsible decisions about which shares to trade in and which markets are more profitable.


The Internet and Share Trading

Thanks to the Internet, information on the finance markets is readily available. Also, as most brokers have an online presence, it is easier than ever to get in touch with them. Anyone out there who has a little money and would like to put it to work for them is now finding it easier than ever do so.

It could be a housewife who’s been left some money by a deceased relative, who’s trying to increase her finance and therefore her sense of personal power. Or it could be a retired couple investing some of their personal wealth in an attempt to increase it. Checking the stock market helps them feel that they are part of what’s going on out there instead of feeling retired and out of the world. It could be a just a canny business person with an eye on profit. Who knows?



Trading in CFDs – Advantages and Disadvantages

Trading online has evolved. One of the most exciting innovations has been CFD trading. ‘CFD’ means ‘Contract for Difference’. It’s a form of trading in which a client and a broker enter into a contract. The performance of the concerned asset from the time of entering the contract till leaving it decides on whether the client makes a profit or loss.

This is a way of investing in an asset without ever actually owning it. A very positive aspect of CFD trading is that it takes a much lower financial outlay to make some interesting diversifications in an investment portfolio. However, risks of loss are high and it is essential to take precautions against.those losses. Some safeguards can be set up with the help of some expert brokers who have long experience in this area.



If You Need Guidance, Help Is Available

If you’re interested in trying online trading, there are a number of companies which have long experience in dealing with the stock market. Their expertise is an invaluable help in guiding any interested party in this area.

While no guarantee can be made for making a profit, the right guidance is essential for helping a share trader in maximising the potential for profit.
CMC Markets is one company which has a very good record in this area. It was recommended to me by someone who had used the company’s services already and I haven’t been disappointed. However, check out all the brokers available and see for yourself who would work well for you.



Investor Vs Share Trader

Investors are those who invest in stocks and shares etc. with a view to long term profit. Share traders are those who purchase stocks, shares, CFDs etc. with a view to short term gain. They study the market and buy and sell at times when they are likely to maximise their profit and minimise their losses. They are in the business for short-term profit.



Do Your Homework

Guidance will only carry you so far. At the end of the day it is imperative that the individual wishing to engage in share trading takes the trouble to educate and inform themselves about the complex entity which is the stock market.

This is necessary in order to make an informed judgement on how to invest their funds. Share traders generally use a system called ‘technical analysis’ in order to predict which way the prices of a particular share will go. There are a number of ways an
individual can educate themselves about the stock market. There are books available explaining the complexities. There are also some Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are really useful for mastering the different aspects of this complex area.




How To Work With A Broker

You may order your broker to buy certain shares only if they fall below a certain level or you may order the broker to stop buying shares if the amount in your account falls below a certain level. This can help you to protect yourself from large losses in a worst case scenario. There are stop orders, limit orders and even combinations of the two.



Who Should Indulge In Share Trading?

People who enjoy gaming and gambling would probably enjoy share trading. The ideal is to have some spare money you don’t mind losing. Play safe. Enjoy the thrills, spills and near misses Enjoy the stimulation of working with an unpredictable but thrilling mechanism which never fails to surprise. Which sometimes delights you and sometimes drives you to the brink of despair.

Share trading is not for people who don’t enjoy the thrill of uncertainty, that feeling of ‘we just might win.’ Those who want stability and security mightn’t enjoy share trading so much. Long term investments in stable companies might be a more suitable option for those individuals. The share trading market requires a certain kind of temperament and not everyone has that temperament.


This is a sponsored post. As always, the words and opinions are my own and aren’t intended to be a personal recommendation in respect of a particular investment. Getting started with stock / share trading can be complex and so as with all financial products and investments, I recommend seeking independent financial advice.