Online trading is the buying and selling of stocks through an online brokerage account. Trading online also allows for quicker transactions compared to calling a broker on the phone. Some investors may look on online trading as a quicker and more convenient way to build wealth, but there are hidden dangers that may not be easy to spot at first.
The main risks of online trading come from the fact that it all may seem deceptively easy. The lower costs and higher speeds of online trading can lead otherwise conservative investors to trade too frequently. As a result, you could wind up selling your best picks when they are just getting started. However, carrying out trades in two seconds instead of 20 seconds or 20 minutes is unlikely to have any real effect on your returns. Price changes in that time frame are largely random. You will never get in or out quickly enough to have an advantage over a professional trader who has a direct link to the exchange.
It is far more important to focus on high-quality, well-established companies and how they fit in your portfolio. The longer you hold these stocks, the greater the chance that your profits will improve. This ties in well with our three-part Successful Investor strategy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
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