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Buy stocks online without the need for a traditional broker.

Thanks to the proliferation of smart technologies in recent years and a willingness on the part of authorities and exchanges to open their doors to technological integration, the role of the stock broker in the life of individual traders is not growing at the rate of self-directed investing (according to Forbes). Online trading platforms afford […]

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What are unsettled funds and why am I being warned or restricted from using them?

Under Regulation T of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 all transactions in a cash account must be paid for in full and are also subject to settlement rules. If you purchase a security with settled funds in your cash account you may sell that security at any time without restriction. If you purchase […]

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How to Buy Stock Online

Step-by-step guide to online stock trading Buying stock with an online broker is easy – but you do need to know a few points before pulling the trigger on your online trade. Here are some pointers to get you started. Anatomy of a Stock Quote When you pull up a stock quote, the first thing […]

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Differences with Buy and Long, or Sell and Short

You'll notice sometimes an investor or trader may use the word buy while others use the word long. What's the difference? It could be very little, or a lot, all at the same time. Buying a stock (or an option) is straightforward. It's the resulting position which might not be obvious. As you probably have […]

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ETFs for Beginners

Are you just starting with exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? If so, you may have little or no direct participation in the financial markets. Maybe you're transitioning from a full-service brokerage or employer-sponsored retirement plan to an online service like Ally Invest. Your investing objectives may run the spectrum from conservative to aggressive, but it's likely you […]

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Day Trading Rules and Leverage

What is a Pattern Day Trader? If a trader exceeds a certain number of day trades within a short period of time, the trader's brokerage firm is required to mark the account as that of a Pattern Day Trader (PDT). Certain restrictions may apply to these accounts. Since the number of trades is such an […]