How Do I Make Trades?

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How Do I Make Trades?

Buying and selling stock can be as simple as making a telephone call or going online.

First, you must open an account with the brokerage firm you have selected. You can open a cash account or a margin account.

Things To Know

  • Use a cash account or a margin account to trade.
  • Cash accounts are for investors who will just buy or sell shares of stock with the money that they deposit into the accounts.
  • Margin accounts are for investors who may wish to borrow against their securities or engage in special trading activities such as selling short.

Normally, you can make trades in your account in person, by mail, on the telephone, or over the Internet. Each brokerage firm will advise you of its ability to handle your orders.