A survey in 2021 found that 56 percent of Americans own at least one stock.

If you don’t own any stocks, you might be at the point where you’re willing to jump into the world of stock trading. However, you may not know exactly how you should go about buying and selling stocks.

This post will provide you with a quick guide on how to buy and sell stocks. If you want to achieve a good return on your money, these tips will help you become an intelligent investor.

Let’s begin!

Do You Currently Own Any Stocks?

To begin with, you need to consider whether you might already own some stocks. Now, if you’ve never purchased a stock before, this might sound like an odd thing to consider.

However, some employers have schemes that automatically give employees stocks in the company. Therefore, if your employer has a scheme like this, you might already be the proud owner of some stocks!

In many cases, employers will give out these stocks in the form of something known as a ‘restricted stock unit.’ This is essentially a guarantee from the employer that you will receive stock after a certain amount of time.

Once this period is over, you will receive this restricted stock, and you can then sell it. If you’d like some more information on how this works, check out this blog post to learn more about selling restricted stock.

Buying Stocks

If your employer doesn’t have a stock scheme, you can just buy stocks using a trading platform such as Fidelity or Robinhood.

Most trading platforms tend to offer a demo of their user interface. You should experiment with these demos to find a user interface that is suited to your needs.

If you don’t know what stocks to buy, you might want to follow some publications that discuss the stock market. These publications will cover investment strategies, and they will also tell you what stock to buy.

Of course, you should still do your own due diligence when buying a stock. However, their advice can often be a good starting point in regards to the stocks you should actually conduct due diligence on.

Selling Stocks

In addition to helping you buy stocks, trading platforms can also help you sell stocks.

Note that most trading platforms have a special feature that allows you to automatically trigger the sale of a stock.

For instance, on some platforms, you can set things up so that a stock automatically sells if the price hits a certain figure. This can be a good way to limit your losses or to lock in a certain level of profit.

Do You Know How To Buy And Sell Stocks?

This post has provided you with a quick look at how you can buy and sell stocks.

If you’re nervous about trading stocks, you might want to experiment with ‘paper trading.’ This is essentially when you trade the real stock market using ‘fake money.’

If you do this, you can build some confidence without having to risk anything. Then, as soon you have enough confidence, you can start trading the stock market with real money.

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