Monday, December 1, 2008

Stock Trading Online - 3 Crucial Things To Look For in an Online Stock Trading Company

When I first started trading stocks online, I thought all online stock trading companies were basically the same. But, over time, I have learned a few things that I wish I had known to look for in a company when I first started. Here are a few of the things I now look for in a stock trading company:

1. The Cost Per Trade - Some stock trading companies have incentives or promotional discounts when you do a certain amount of trades per month or discount fees per trade.

$5 - $10 per trade may not seem like much money at first, but it can add up quick. Think about it: You decide to buy a stock - $10, you decide to sell the stock and buy 2 other stocks instead, sell - $10, buy $10 & buy again $10. You have just spent $40 trading and you just started. If you had started with a company that only charges $5 per trade, you would have only spent $20 on that process. It's tricky enough to make a profit trading stocks online, you don't want to start out in the hole just trying to break even first.

2. Reputable Company - Make sure the company you are dealing with is reputable and has a good reputation. You don't want to be wiring large amounts of money to a company that might not be returning it to you. Check with the Better Business Bureau before you apply. Also, do a little research online and see who the company is recommended by.

3. Simple Navigation - Graphs & More - One thing you want to make sure of, is that the stock trading interface is easy to navigate and understand. Sometimes, when trading stocks you need to quickly look over graphs and current quotes and then quickly buy & sell. Getting tripped up by an unuser-friendly interface will cost you money.

You should be able to apply with a stock trading company online and then be able to check out their interface before you deposit any money into your account. It's worth the extra time to check out the site completely before you make your deposit.

Check Out the Related Article : Online Trading - 10 "Whys" And "Wherefores" Of Online Trading!

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