Choosing the Right Broker

Choosing the Right Broker

DAVE TURKIN

Ten Articles to Assist the Young Investor

Over the last 4 years I developed a Mentors’ program along with a few of my business associates. On a personal note we are grateful to have experienced success in our businesses, investments and many of our entrepreneurial business ventures. Reaching out to young business minds and offering some words of encouragement and a focused strategy on how to develop and deliver your business ideas is something we all decided to give back to our community.

I have been asked by a few of my Mentees to discuss investment strategies for the young / new investor in today’s financial marketplace. Without going into a 200 page thesis about the strengths and pitfalls of Investing I thought I would just pass along some solid information to the new investor entering these financial markets

Choosing the Right Broker

Depending on the type of investing that you plan to do, you may need to hire a broker to handle your investments for you. Brokers work for brokerage houses and have the ability to buy and sell stock on the stock exchange. You may wonder if you really need a broker. The answer is yes. If you intend to buy or sell stocks on the stock exchange, you must have a broker.

Stockbrokers are required to pass two different tests in order to obtain their license. These tests are very difficult, and most brokers have a background in accessible business or finance, with a Bachelors or Master’s Degree.

It is very important to understand the difference between a broker and a stock market analyst. An analyst literally analyzes the stock market, and predicts what it will or will not do, or how specific stocks will perform. A stock broker is only there to follow your instructions to either buy or sell stock… not to analyze stocks. For More Information About dave turkin business loans.

Brokers earn their money from commissions on sales in most cases. When you instruct your broker to buy or sell a stock, they earn a set percentage of the transaction. Many brokers charge a flat ‘per transaction’ fee.

There are two types of brokers: Full service brokers and discount brokers. Full service brokers can usually offer more types of investments, may provide you with investment advice, and is usually paid in commissions.

Discount brokers typically do not offer any advice and do no research – they just do as you ask them to do, without all of the bells and whistles.

So, the biggest decision you must make when it comes to brokers is whether you want a full service broker or a discount broker.If you are new to investing, you may need to go with a full service broker to ensure that you are making wise investments. They can offer you the skill that you lack at this point. However, if you are already knowledgeable about the stock market, all you really need is a discount broker to make your trades for you.