A share of equity or a "stock" is essentially a small piece of a publicly traded company that is openly traded on a stock market or stock exchange between different companies or individuals. Stocks can be traded on stock markets or stock exchanges in most countries. The largest stock market or stock exchange is the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The New York Stock Exchange is located on Wall Street in New York City in the United States. Company Stocks are identified by their ticker symbol, which is generally one to five characters in length. For example, Google, Inc. is identified on its stock exchange as GOOG. This stock is also listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Owning stock in a company also grants voting rights for some of the company's decisions, including elections for the Board of Directors – either at the annual meeting or by proxy. However, most do not participate in the elections unless they have a very large share in the company, but every stock owner has this option.
Stock ownership used to mean that an investor would receive a physical stock certificate, but in the digital world stock brokers keep the document stored in their database just labeled as shares related to that ticker symbol and investors receive a confirmation of ownership. It becomes the stock broker's responsibility to notify shareholders of corporate events, such as annual meetings or board elections.
The first step to learn how to trade stock online is find out what trading strategy is right for you and how much time you plan to devote to it. After you have that down than it is time to choose an online broker. Some of the more popular brokers to trade stocks or equities online with are TDameritrade, Scottrade, ThinkorSwim, TradeKing, Etrade, Fidelity, Sharebuilder, TradeStation, and Charles Schwab. All of these online brokers have free tutorials to show you how to trade stocks and invest your money online.
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