If you are thinking about investing in the stock market today, you will find that online trading is the best choice for buying stock picks. Before there were high speed computers, and before the internet was available in people’s homes, buying stocks was mainly done by telephone. However, now that the internet is widely available and more affordable, anyone can get involved in trading stocks. Before you can get started, you will need to find a broker or a brokerage company to execute your orders. There are many brokers available to choose from.

Firstly, you need to consider what kind of investments you are looking for. If you are looking to buy stock in foreign markets, then you will need a broker whose system can access quotes on foreign indexes. The commodities market or forex markets will be best served by a commodities broker and forex broker. As you can see, there a few things you need to decide on before you start your search for a broker. Once you have established what kind of investment you will be doing, you can then search for which broker offers the best price on online trading.

There are two main types of brokers, full service and discount brokers. A full service broker will work with you on a one to one basis; he will talk to you about different strategies you can employ on the stock market. They will give you stock tips and recommend certain companies for you to invest in.

If you have been stock picking a number of companies, you may ask him to perform a fundamental and technical analysis on them. Working with a broker can be very educational, as you can learn how to read stock charts and perform chart analysis.   All these services will come at a higher cost in commissions. However, it will be money well spent, especially if you have no experience in online trading in the stock market.

If you feel you do not require these extra services, you can save yourself the extra cost by using a discount broker. He will only execute the orders you give him, without providing any advice or reports on your portfolio. You will have to stock pick on your own, and do your own research before you do any online trading. It gives you more control over your investments, and lets you see the how the stock is trading.