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How to buy stocks without a broker?

Managing your own brokerage account, thereby bypassing the need for a stock broker, has become an increasingly popular option for many traders around the world.

Dealing with stocks these days doesn’t require you to have your own broker since you trade on your own with the help of the Internet. All that you need to do is to set up your own account online and get to start trading soon. This is the answer that investment firms gave their customers who wish to either sell or buy stocks on their own. So what are the steps needed to buy stocks without a broker? Listed below are the basic steps that you can follow to be able to deal with trading stocks online.

First, you can invest in the company through its direct stock purchase plan. Many popular companies like Walt Disney offer such a plan to interested individuals who want a share of the magic without spiraling into bankruptcy. You will find that investments in direct stock purchase plans can make thousands of profits on just a few hundred of dollars in capital investment, if and when you know how to choose good stock picks.

The terms and conditions of the plan will vary but most are affordable. For example, the company will require a certain amount of deposit for one share. Your subsequent acquisition of other shares will be through automatic debiting of your account on a monthly basis. You are basically saving money albeit in the form of stocks in a profitable company, not currency in the bank.

Online Trading Companies

Using an online brokerage firm may, technically speaking, still count as a “broker”, but only because unless you buy shares directly from the corporation itself, you simply cannot buy them independently. Online firms such as these provide a buying and selling platform that is non-invasive and usually offer a flat commission per trade.

Research the stocks you want to invest in. Most of these online trading sites also provide research material so you can educate yourself on the stocks and bonds you may be interested in buying. You should do a lot of research on any stock before you decide to invest your money in the stock. These sites also help you to understand finance and trading terminology that you may be familiar with. It is important that you make informed and educated decisions to help reduce the risk of loss of your money.

Invest through the company’s direct stock purchase plan

A number of companies, offer direct stock purchase plans. These plans allow investors to buy shares of stock directly from the company. Most have a minimum initial deposit but are happy to waive it if you agree to automatic monthly withdrawals from your checking or savings account. This way, the company automatically purchases stock for you by debiting your bank account every month. This can be an easy and relatively painless way to save.

Take advantage of the DRIP program’s cash investment option

Many companies also offer something called Dividend Reinvestment Plan or DRIP, in which all dividends are reinvested in additional shares rather than being deposited into your bank account. If you want to buy stocks without a stock broker, enrolling on a DRIP program may be the easiest and quickest, as it can often be done online in a couple of minutes, even by inexperienced investors. Some companies require you to own a share in the company before you can enroll in their DRIP plan. This can be done easily if the company you are interested in is a big one, as most corporations have shares available for sale to the public.

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30. Jan, 2012
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How to make money selling stocks short?

There is a little secret that is totally unknown to the new investor and even the average investor. That secret is that you CAN make money on a stock no matter what it is doing!! To be more specific, I’m saying you can make money if a stock is going up (the most popular way) in price. You can ALSO make money if a stock is staying flat OR even if the stock is going down in price.

Falling markets always cause investors grief. The media reports any selling in a mortally serious tone, while bullish cheerleaders comfort the masses with promises of better days ahead. Negative sentiment usually intensifies right along with the selling, and desperate prayers are offered to the heavens as everyone nervously holds their breath.

Selling stocks short is a simple way to make money when stocks drop. To “sell short” you simply borrow the stock from your broker, sell it, and then buy it back when the price drops. You then return it to the broker you borrowed it from and keep the profit. Yes, it’s perfectly legal!

Normal investors might scoff at the notion of shorting, but highly successful investors and stock traders aren’t normal. While accepting the fact that the stock market will go in whatever direction it pleases, the latest generation of market players knows how to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the down-side of repetitive market cycles. Maybe it’s time for you to consider short selling too.

Make Money on declining stocks by Short-Selling

You can make money when stock prices drop by implementing a strategy called short-selling. You can also buy put options on a declining stock or set up some options spreads.

If the stock is flat you can implement some short-selling options strategies. However, I would NOT recommend flat out buying a put option. Actually, ONLY buying a put or call option on a stock that is flat is a very bad idea and a sure way to lose ALL your investment in that trade.

I cover different options strategies on my site, so to keep this short and simple, I will just focus on the concept of short selling, or you can check out my other article on options.

Short-Selling vs Long Buying

First let’s discuss the differences and similarities between a “short” position and a “long” position. With a long position you buy something today and hope to sell it at a higher price for a profit tomorrow. With a short position, you borrow money to SELL something today and hope to BUY it back at a lower price tomorrow. With both long and short strategies you are buying low and selling high. The difference between the two is that the order is reversed.

Another major difference between short-selling and long-buying is that when you are long you can hold on to a stock forever. With a short position this is technically a loan since you sold stocks you don’t already own. what this means is that at some point you will be “required” to close out your position and in extreme cases you could be “forced” to do so via a margin call.

Numerous academic studies have shown that more than 90% of mutual funds failed to beat market over the long run and that more than 90% of individual investors lost money in the stock market. Too many people and too many Wall Street experts or mutual fund managers are buying and selling stocks like madmen, with no sound strategy or any hope of long term success. Ironically, they’re the ones who create opportunities for prudent, long term oriented investors.

To be successful in stock market, you either have to become an expert yourself or to seek help from real successful experts. Stock market is such a brutal place that there is no room for half-expert or expert pretenders. The truth is that only a small percentage of disciplined and experienced people earn disproportionate huge amount of return, many times at the expense of the rest. It is an insult to “Wall Street expert” professional title when so many of such “expert pretenders” failed to beat index or merely stay break-even

As you can see, you can make money in ANY market condition, you just need to pick the right strategy (and stock) for the particular market direction. The short strategy works perfectly in a declining market because YOU WANT PRICES TO DROP. On the flip side, you do not want to short a stock in a rising market.

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26. Jan, 2012