Years ago, stock market trading floors were bustling.
Brokers were always on the phone with their clients, taking orders to buy or sell stocks. They walked around, waving papers in the air, shouting prices until orders were matched and deals were sealed. Only big time investors had quick access to market information and were able to act on it.
Times have changed.
Now, trading floors are often quiet. Many transactions are done over the Internet and information is at an individual's fingertips.
Because of online trading platforms, more middle-class investors take interest in stocks. They participate in the market – even with a small amount and without a broker.
Online trading is more convenient. It allows investors to buy, sell, and monitor their stocks on the go.
Want to create an online trading account? Rappler and COL Financial will demonstrate to you how. Watch, learn and be inspired to start investing today.
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