ONLINE TRADING – Do’s and Don’ts
Trading online has become very popular in today’s time when you just need a trading account and after that you can trade comfortably while sitting at your home. Apart from comfort of trade it provides various facilities like:
• Ease of buying and selling of shares.
• Online receipt of contract notes/ trade statement for the transactions.
• Direct deposits of dividends/ bonus amount etc to account.
• Various trading tools for ease of making investment decision.
One click of mouse button is of ample importance while trading online because sometimes it is what that draws a line between your winning or loosing the game. Trading online is very interesting but you have to be a bit careful as well. The process of trading is very easy but making money is a bit tricky. All you need is a trading account and a little bit of caution to operate the same. Below are some do’s and don’ts while trading online:
Prices change at the blink of eye and the transactions are not always in real time. Moreover the speed of your internet might cause delay. So always make sure not to change your decision until the last moment. Take time examining the stock and make decision ahead of time so that you don’t loose while in panic.
An important feature of stock markets is volatility. So if you don’t keep a close eye on how your stocks move while placing an order, you might land up in losses.
Online trading is a matter of trust between you and your broker because there is no in-person contact. But you can’t leave everything on trust. Make sure your broker provides you detailed email statements and contract notes of executed trades.
Online trading provides facility to place limit orders. If you don’t have sufficient time to keep track of the stock prices, fix up a buy/sell price based on your judgement and go for limit orders. Moreover limit orders help you take ample advantage of volatile session during the day.
In addition to the brokerage rate being paid, prudent investor should always be well aware of the various Fees and commissions charged by the broker for various services offered like Mobile services, buy sell alerts, reporting, chart and other tools to facilitate easy trade as they really affect your net earnings.
For novice traders, it’s a suggestion to always trade with stop losses. Set your stop loss to level to avoid the risks associated.
Even though chances of default by a good brokerage firm are nil but a smart investor should always keep track of credit/debit of money in their bank accounts or transfer of shares to/from the demat account accordingly for each trade executed because technical reasons might lead to discrepancy which cannot be avoided.
Prevention is always better than cure. Security is another important factor for online traders. It is advisable always to follow security measures related to passwords and other personal information while login into the websites to eliminate chances of theft of identity and information.