What Should You Look For In An Online Trading Account?

By: John Porter

In todays world people are increasingly getting busier with their work which leaves them with little time to pursue other things. One might want to unwind playing a few rounds of golf, others might want to read a book and then there are those who would love to enjoy the thrill of the stock exchange (yes investing is a serious issue than playing golf or reading a novel, but some actually love to be involved as there is no denying it offers plenty of thrills and chills). But all through the day they are just too busy to even think about that. And a few years back, when they were out of work, the exchange was also through with the day's trading.

But those days are a history now. No, the stock exchanges don't stay open 24x7. But the internet does. And that is where all the activity is. Investing is not just about pumping in the money and waiting for the results. It is more like cracking a puzzle where you gather information, analyze them, understand the trends and then put in the money. When it clicks, there is a huge amount of satisfaction.

So, what do you need to invest online? A few basic things; a computer with a net connection and an online trading account. It needs to be a 3-in-1 online trading account for you to make investment through the internet. So what is a 3-in-1 online trading account? Or, to put it differently, what are these three accounts? Number one, a bank account which allows you to transact online. Number two, a demat account, a place where your electronic shares will be deposited and number three, a trading account that will allow you to carry out transaction online.

Before selecting this 3-in-1 online trading account there are a few things that you need to consider.

First of all how credible is the service provider and what are its credentials. If a reputed bank or a financial institution recommends it then you are on relatively comfortable ground. To check the trustworthiness of the service provider is your first job.

Secondly, check the kind of investments you can make and if the provider offers you all the options through the account you are subscribing.

Thirdly, what is the quality of information on offer from the service provider? To take informed decisions about the market, you need to be in tune and so you will need all the information in a readily comprehensible manner.

Fourthly, how quick are they in processing your orders. Trading during peak hours will need you to have a service provider that is doubly-quick.

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