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Online stock trading makes it easy and affordable for anyone to begin investing in shares through the Irish Stock Exchange (or ISE, trading as Euronext Dublin) and other markets. Learn how online stock trading platforms work in Ireland, how to make money from stocks, what kinds of fees you’ll pay and what all that confusing terminology means in this guide.
Stocks and shares represent the partial ownership of a company. Selling these stocks or shares can raise funds for that company’s expansion and give you a profit. Shareholders, or investors, buy and sell shares through stock markets, such as Euronext Dublin.
A company’s share price changes several times throughout the day as people buy and sell the shares, so most shareholders aim to buy shares when they’re low in cost and sell when the price of the share increases in order to make a profit.
For Irish-listed companies, all stock trading is done through the ISE, which lists more than 50 companies. Overseas shares are traded on a variety of exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the NASDAQ and the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
In the pre-Internet era, the only way to buy or sell stocks and shares was by hiring a full-service stockbroker, which could be expensive and time consuming. Today, investors can buy and sell shares themselves through online trading platforms with the click of a button.
Using an online investment platform is far cheaper for individual investors than using full-service brokers. When you buy shares online, you’ll pay a brokerage fee for each transaction, which typically ranges from €2.50 to €10 for ISE trades, as opposed to €20 to €100 for full-service brokers.
The standard ISE trading hours are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, while other global exchanges keep similar hours. Along with investing in stocks, you can trade in index funds such as exchange-traded funds or ETFs (which track the performance of a range of stocks) and other products.
Brokerage fees are an important factor when comparing trading platforms. However, there are other things to consider too. While stock trading accounts in Ireland tend to highlight the lowest available brokerage fee, this is usually impacted by how often you trade and how much you trade. Some accounts also have monthly inactivity fees if you don’t place any trades for a specific period of time.
There are two main ways to make money from investing in stocks:
Blue chip stocks are large companies that are financially strong and have a solid track record of producing good earnings to shareholders. Typically, they are industry leaders and household brands. Investing in blue chip stocks could be a good strategy for beginners, as they are usually considered to be very stable and have been in the market for a long time.
There are certain questions you should ask yourself before you start investing in Ireland:
When choosing an online stock trading platform, consider the following factors:
Here are some tips to help get you started:
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