We all know how volatile the economy is recently as recession affects our economy resulting to high inflation rate as well as increase in unemployment rate. Job security through tenure is no longer assured as many companies tend to hire younger employees and have old ones retire.
For those who are concerned on what the future might hold, they should consider opting for another income source that they can depend on. One of the popular options is investing; however, as volatile as the market is, it is no wonder that many have opted out of it. Nevertheless, for those who have high risk appetite, looking at the stock market’s volatility can mean two things – people will lose money or people can earn from it and they should look at it as an opportunity.
Traditionally for those who are interested in increasing their financial portfolio, one option is to invest in the stock market. They would visit a traditional stock market exchange and talk with a broker. The broker can help them decide which stock types they can purchase, explain the rules and what to expect.
In return, these brokers as well as their company would charge commission and other fees. This can be ideal for some people who want others to handle their account; however, this would also mean that a certain portion of the investment is being used to pay the fees thus reducing the capital that one would be able to use to buy stocks or assets. This would mean that the investor is already losing money and has the potential to lose more as the brokerage does not guarantee return of profit for stocks or assets sold. Although it might be just a paper loss for the investor, he or she might not be looking for a long-term investment and would only want a short-term one.
Due to the high risks and fees that most brokerage trading applies in every transaction, many investors or traders opt to do online trading especially those who are seasoned and can do trading on their own. One benefit of trading online is that one would be able to decide how much one wants to invest and since it is a self-service, handling fees or brokerage fees are not applied. One would be able to trade or buy stocks using all of their capital thus increasing their potential earnings. Do note however, that this do not mean that stocks will be undervalued as it will depend on the market movement.
For those who are interested in online trading but have no time to monitor the trading platform, they may also avail of the services of online traders which would act as the investor’s “virtual broker”. What is great about this is that most companies do not charge any fee and would only take a commission based on the earnings of the investor from the trading activities. This is a great way for beginners to start another income-generating activity without quitting their day job.