Online stock trading has become one of the most popular ways to trade stocks. Higher speed internet connections and high speed personal computers make this easier than ever.
Having access to all your stock trading and portfolio information makes online stock trading extremely convenient. Combine that with the ease of accessing that information anyplace in the world there is an internet connection.
You can grab quotes, pull up charts of your favorite markets, and much more. One of my favorite features is to be able to see my account balance in real-time. If you have positions on at the time you can also see your position profit or loss in real-time. This allows you to know where you stand at a glance. Use this feature sparingly as it’s easy to get addicted to watching these changes on your computer screen.
One of my favorite features is the ability to “park” stock trading orders. This is super convenient and allows you to be prepared for any situation during the trading day. With a parked order you have the option to place a specific trade anytime you want at the click of a mouse.
Simulated Trading – Many online trading platforms have the ability to allow you to “simulate” real trading. This means you can enter and exit orders without any money being at risk. In my humble opinion this is an absolutely tremendous feature. Many people also refer to this as a practice account. It’s sort of like driving around on an empty parking lot on a Sunday when you have your learner’s permit. It gives you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with and master the basics before you go out onto a busy street.
One thing to keep in mind while doing your simulated trading is to make it as realistic as possible in order to get a feel for real trading. In other words don’t overtrade just because you can’t lose money at this stage. Trade as if the money in the simulated account were real.