Online Trading: The Tools You Need

By: John Porter

Once an exclusive domain for trading firms and brokers, trading on the stock market has evolved remarkably in the last decade or so. 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. However, the share market is a place where you have to be on the pulse at every moment and you just cannot afford to fall back on the pace. To match the best trading firms and the brokers present on the floor of the stock exchange you need to have the best possible set-up at your home. The three components of your set up are hardware, net connection and software. We will discuss each individually.

Hardware

Trading online necessarily requires you to have the best computer. You need no install all the hardware. For example you will not need a DVD writer to trade online. But there are a few things that you must not compromise on. First have a wide screen monitor. This helps you to see the maximum amount of data at one point of time. Or you will need to minimize and maximize the windows. Next we come to the processor. A decent level processor should be good enough. Anything upwards of 2 GHz will work.

What you will need is speed and that will be provided by the RAM you have. Nothing less than 1 GB will do. Ideally it should be 2 GB or more. The hard disk should also have plenty of space. Go for at least 100 GB of HDD space. And try to keep the HDD as free as possible and don't run too many programs at a time, definitely not while trading. A video card will allow you to get the best live feeds.

Internet Connection

To place your orders and get instant processing you will have to have a broadband connection or you just wouldn't be able to get the rates you are looking for. With so much traffic these days, a dial-up connection just wouldn't work.

Software

The hardware and the net connection will be put to full use with the back-up of a great software platform. These platforms not only provide you with live data regarding the stock market, but also organize your data so that it is easier for you to find them quickly and understand them better.

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