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    What are stocks, how and where to trade them?

    If you've been eyeing the financial markets for a while now, you've probably come across the terms 'stock,' 'stock market,' and 'stock trading.’ Financial markets include any marketplace where securities are traded, and the stock market is just one type of financial market. It's where stock trading — the buying and selling of shares in a particular company — takes place.

    Defining stocks

    A stock, also known as equity, is a type of investment that represents a share or partial ownership of a company. If you buy stocks in a corporation, you become a shareholder, and you get a dividend of the corporation’s profits based on the amount of stock you own. Dividends may be paid in cash or in more stock.

    Corporations sell stocks to raise capital for operating their businesses. A stock market exchange is where these public corporations sell their stocks. Stocks are generally expected to appreciate in value over time, especially if the company has shown continuous growth and stability. This is the main reason why investors buy stocks — to build their wealth.

    Whenever a company's stock value rises, stockholders can sell the stock they previously purchased, at a profit. And, essentially, this is how stock trading works.

    The stock market

    Stock trading takes place in the stock market. The stock market acts as a commercial hub for purchases of stocks and mutual funds. It’s open to everyone, which means you get to be among other people who invest in the stock market. How it operates is pretty straightforward — it lets buyers and sellers negotiate prices and make trades.

    The stock market works through a network of exchanges like Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange, for example. It is in these exchanges that companies list shares of their stocks that can be bought.

    The value of each stock is highly dependent on its supply and demand. As the laws of supply and demand dictate, if there are more buyers (demand) than sellers (supply) for a specific stock, the value of that stock will go up. If more sellers are active in the market than buyers, the stock’s value will decrease.

    With the dependence on supply and demand, it’s logical to conclude that the stock market is highly volatile. As with any volatile market, trading on the stock market has its risks. One way to work around the risks is to spend time researching which stocks to trade in and when to trade them.

    Where to trade CFDs on stocks

    On EASTON SWIFT, you have the option to choose from two reliable platforms where you can trade CFDs on stocks — EASTON SWIFT X, and EASTON SWIFT MT5 (MMT5).

    X

    EASTON SWIFT X is a multi-asset trading platform that offers CFDs on stocks and other assets, including forex, commodities, cryptocurrencies, and synthetic indices. It provides a versatile trading environment that you can customise to suit your preference. You can drag and drop widgets, create your layouts, and its intuitive tools and feature-rich charts let you get the info you need at your fingertips.

    MT5

    EASTON SWIFT MT5 is an all-in-one CFD trading platform where you can access innovative trade types such as margin trading. It’s considered the most popular trading platform to date as it boasts advanced financial trading functions and superior technical and fundamental analysis tools. What makes MMT5 stand out more than other trading platforms is that it allows you to trade automatically by using robots and trading signals.

    MMT5 and EASTON SWIFT X are both multi-asset platforms, letting you trade not only CFDs on stocks, but other instruments as well. You get to enjoy high leverage and low spreads to increase your potential gains when the market moves in your favour.

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