Sunday, May 6, 2012

Learn How To Start Trading In The Stock Market

Trading in stocks has existed since the 12th century. It has come a long way from men sitting in barn yards trading in a small community, these days, however trading on the stock market has changed to an almost unrecognizable degree.

You might also consider trading foreign currencies, which just a couple of decades ago was an option mostly restricted to big money investors. Now, it's widely available to the general public, and generating increasing interest.

Global stock markets not account for an estimated $23 trillion in money flows. Stock exchanges such as the NYSE, NASDAQ and the London Stock Exchange are all market places for trading stocks on. These markets facilitate the trading of stocks by bringing together buyers and sellers.

Traders of stocks have many varied approaches to how they invest in the market. Some traders are risk loving and like to take large gambles when they invest in stocks. These types of traders who include day traders like to ride the wave of the minute to minute fluctuations in the value of stocks.

This allows them to make a quick buck by constantly buying and selling stocks at a mind boggling pace. Although there is the chance of making a very quick buck this way this type of trading also runs the risk of making a massive loss. It is estimated that about 80-90% of all day traders make a loss on the stock market each day.

However if like most people you feel you don't have the stomach or the time for minute to minute trading, there are other methods to investing in the market. For example value traders are a much more rationale, risk adverse type of trader. They try to avoid the minute to minute fluctuations of the stock market by ignoring all the announcements made by companies and just look at the average book price of the stocks over a longer term.

Value traders search out companies they believe to be undervalued possibly because it just announced profit warnings and now which led to a dumping of shares from the company. This leaves the stock price below its average price. Value investors buy the shares at the depreciated price and then wait for them to go up in value again.

Trading on the stock market can take place in the traditional manner in which buyers and sellers come together on the stock market floor and stocks are auctioned off. Buyers and sellers act on behalf of clients who place order for stocks to be sold or bought. In recent years the traditional method has been combined with an electronic method in which orders can be placed over a network, or through the internet.