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Brokerage accountHow do I know my brokerage firm received my order?

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Yes, you can open an account with many brokerage firms online; however, in most instances your account will not be active until the brokerage firm receives and processes a signed application from you. Note that some firms allow for the use of electronic signatures, while others will require a manually (hand written) signed document. Some firms will gather basic information for your account over their Web Sites, then mail you the pre-completed application for you to sign and return. Please make sure to check with your brokerage firm for information on specific guidelines. Stock tradingWorking With Your Investment Professional

Before opening an online account or placing the first trade, investors should ask brokerage firms a number of questions so they can make appropriate investment decisions. Online investors need to be aware of the potential for stock market volatility, the possibility of delays due to high Internet traffic or high trading volume, and the difference between market and limit orders. trading gold futuresWhat kinds of securities can I buy online?

With a market order the customer instructs his or her brokerage firm to buy or sell a stock at whatever the price is when the trade is executed, presumably as soon as possible. If the price of the stock is moving quickly and there is a delay in the transmission of the order, then the price at which the customer purchases or sells the stock may be very different than what the customer expected when the order was placed. With a limit order, the customer specifies the price at which he or she is willing to buy or sell. Limit orders can help protect customers from rapid price changes when markets are moving fast. However, there is the risk that the limit order will not be executed. Also note that limit orders usually cost a bit more than market orders. Guidance To Investors Regarding Stock Volatility And Online Trading Gold priceWhat is the difference between a cash account and a margin account? Learn about the types of conduct in the securities industry that are prohibited before you begin investing.

Working With Your Investment Professional How do I know my brokerage firm received my order? What does it mean to 'trade on margin'? High Internet traffic, market volume, and other systems issues may affect your ability to access your account or transmit your orders and may delay receipt of your order by the brokerage firm. Check with your particular brokerage firm on its notification procedures. And note that notification that the order was received does not mean that the order was executed.


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