How Technology Revolutionised Trading On Stocks

By: John Porter

The main reason behind this is the remarkable development in the field of communication technology and especially internet. With internet you can be at several places at the same time. This has allowed people to trade on stocks and shares right from the comforts of his own house.

The kind of development we have seen on the hardware front is truly amazing. Today the processing speed of computers is amazing with processors of more than 3 GHz a common thing. Along with it the RAM has also increased manifold with many computers today coming with 2 GB RAM if not more. Also has increased the HDD or the hard disk memory space with most computers coming with a minimum of 80 GB of free space. Of course the upper limit is much higher. And not only has the hardware improved, the prices have also dropped ensuring computer penetration is maximum today.

The initial days of online trading weren't that smooth though. With dial-up internet connection data transfer was slow and transactions took a long time. But all that was soon going to change. From the days of only a few kilobytes being transferred per second the internet's speed leapfrogged to a few megabytes of data transfer per second. And this was largely possible because of the broadband technology. With optical fibers carrying huge amounts of data within seconds from one end of the world to another, online trading transactions could now be conducted in a matter of seconds.

Great strides have been made also in the field of online trading software. What are the primary functions of online trading software? It should provide an analysis of the stock picks considering the day's closing price, the movements during the day, the history of that particular stock, how other stocks of the same industry have performed and whether government policies will affect the rates. Of course it will also take into account data regarding financial data, earnings estimates, and forecasts. Several companies offer such software, and many actually provide you an online demo version with limited usage. You can try out the software, and if it suits your needs, you can place an order for the same. The software allow you to view the data regarding stocks in various ways. So stocks can be listed according to prices, volumes traded, percentage change in price, etc. All this is made for you to have a better and easier grasp of how stocks are working.

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