How to Trade Stocks Online

by Shandell Williams, studioD

Trading stocks online is rapidly becoming more popular than ever before, due to the convenience and accessibility online trading allows. However, with anything that requires an investment, knowledge is the key, and trading stock online is no exception. Read on to learn how to trade stocks online.

Decide on a broker. With hundreds of online trading brokers it is vital to choose a skilled, reputable broker with the necessary experience and expertise in stock trading. A stockbroker will assist you in meeting your investment goals by recommending stocks to buy and sell. There are also discount brokers who only take orders over the internet or by phone; their only objective is to take your stock trading orders.

Be prepared to invest the required funds into opening an account with your broker of choice. If you are not prepared to immediately invest funds to open an account there is a practice account that can be utilized where you would set up stocks and track the price progression for a few weeks.

Decide on stocks that you believe would be a good investment. Research the company’s cash flow prior to buying stock as this will determine the best stocks to buy. You also need to know how much cash it takes for the company to function, know the company’s management relationship with its shareholders; a bad relationship with shareholders is a red flag, it is important to make sure the company’s management is forth coming with information on the company’s rate of return on stocks because this shows loyalty to the shareholders and will result in a higher yield for the stock trader.

Once you have decided on a reputable online stock trading broker, opened your account and made an informed decision on the stock you want to trade, you are now ready to create a portfolio consisting of the stocks you have purchased and manage it wisely by tracking your portfolio progression.


  • Take time to check the stock market each day before investing.
  • Learning the terminology is crucial to your success as an investor
  • Subscribe to stock trading online newsletters to stay updated on the latest stock information.
  • Choose a broker that values your opinions and listens to your concerns.
  • Speak to other investors on forums.


  • Never give your credit card or banking information to anyone without validating their reputability first.
  • Never allow anyone to pressure you into making a haste decision to buy or sell stock.

Items you will need

  • A stockbroker
  • Account
  • Stocks
  • Portfolio

About the Author

Shandell Williams attend Spencer Academy in Columbus, GA and has continued her education through Florida Tech University. Williams is an avid reader and author of children’s books and learning curricula for educational organizations. Williams has written several business articles for Demand Studios throughout the course of her writing career.

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