Before you even think about starting to buy penny stocks online, you need to understand what penny stocks are and you need to understand the potential risks involved in trading these off-exchange stocks. Buying penny stocks online can be a lucrative business if you know what you are doing and you understand this specific market, but it isn’t necessarily an easy way to make money fast.
There is a learning curve and a skill to buying and selling penny stocks to increase your income. Among the things you will want to learn is how to calculate the market cap of these investments. Learning how to compute the market cap of a stock can help you determine the dollar shares of all of the shares within the company at a given point in time.
Penny stocks are listed on the OTC market, not on the securities market like many other stocks. Besides learning how to find and monitor them you’ll need to look for a broker to help you facilitate trades if you want to start buying penny stocks. There are a few different types of online brokers from full service to discount and everything in between. When researching online stock brokers you’ll want to evaluate a few different brokers considering their fee structure, services provided and minimum account balances. Continue reading
If you are just getting started in the business of penny stock trading you’ll need to know where to buy penny stocks. But before you even ask this question it is important to understand more about this specific market and these stocks to see if this is something you really want to consider.
There is a simple and a not so simple answer to the question of where to buy penny stocks. There are a number of brokers who can help you buy and sell penny stocks, but to get the most out of your time and money you want to choose the right brokerage company. Each of the online stock brokers offers different services, has a different minimum balance and charges different fees for each trade. You may initially want to go with the cheapest broker but this isn’t always the best way to go, at least in the beginning.
Besides choosing a broker you need to know where to go to find and research these stocks so you can monitor them and determine which ones to buy. Continue reading
One of the important aspects of any type of online stock trading involves finding the best online stock broker for your needs. Keep in mind you may not want to use the same brokerage account for long term investments and penny stock trading because they are two very different types of investments. Choosing the right broker can help you save money and maybe even make more money.
There are full service brokers, discount brokers and a little of everything in between. As the name suggests full service brokers provide more tools and services, but these tools and services usually come with higher account fees or trading costs. Discount brokers are cheaper in terms of fees but they don’t offer much in the way of help. There are also options in between, that offer a few services without high fees. It is important to evaluate everything from fees, minimum balances and services provided as they all add up to create a good or not so good overall trading experience.
This guide will discuss ten of the top online brokers from big names, like Charles Schwab and Fidelity to lesser known players like MB Trading and Scottrade, offering a summary of the services provided, account fees, account minimums and trade fees. Continue reading
In this segment I will offer an abbreviated summary of the actual penny stock trading process. Learning how to trade penny stocks is not that challenging from a technical perspective, however it is important to consider a number of things before you begin investing your money in this risky niche market.
The first step is to create a stock trading account with one of the online penny stock brokers. You will find many online brokers offering different services and charging different fees. The most common online brokers happen to be E*TRADE, TD Ameritrade and Scottrade but this does not mean they are the best brokers for each and every situation. Some contend that Zecco is a decent choice for novice traders because it is so inexpensive, but you need to look at each of the brokers to make your own decision of who is best for you.
Once you have your trading account set up you can start getting into the fun part of penny stock trading. Continue reading
One of the most common — if not the outright most common — questions I receive is, “How do I buy stocks on line? I think one of the most important ways to answer this is not with a direct answer but rather with a series of questions that helps the questioner understand the complexity and weight of that question.
In all likelihood, if someone is asking this question they are new to online investing. That can be a very precarious and vulnerable role to play these days, as these Internet waters are infested with fraud-perpetuating sharks. So come along with me as I examine what someone asking about how to buy stocks on line is really asking. Keep in mind the answer to this question can also vary based on what type of stocks you are considering, for example someone looking to get into online penny stock trading may use different tools than someone trying to diversify their retirement portfolio. Continue reading