If you want to invest time and money in stocks and shares, you’ll need to understand the process first. Moreover, you’ll need to find a stockbroker who will purchase and sell shares for you.
No matter how much experience you have, share dealing can be extremely complicated. So employing a stockbroker will help you understand the stocks and shares market and help navigate appropriate deals.
CMC Markets offer a range of advice on stockbroking, stock and share advice, where you can find the right stockbroker to give you the most up-to-date and relevant advice.
Before you start share dealing and employing a stockbroker you need to be sure of certain areas:
- Aside from a mortgage, you need to be debt free
- You need to be part of a pension scheme or have a pension from a past job
- You need to be part of work income protection policy, so that you are covered should you go off with illness
- Savings are imperative if you should lose your job
In theory, even if the above factors are in place, you need to be aware that share dealing and working with a stockbroker is a risky business and is more dangerous than purchasing shares through investment funds such as investment trusts. This is due to the collection of your savings with other savers in many other businesses, rather than being independent.
Fundamentally, if these ‘safety nets’ are not cemented, than investing your savings in this way may not be a good idea. You need to have done your research before working with a stockbroker.
There are a variety of stockbroking services you can use, dependent on your understanding of the investment market, how confident you are with investment/share dealing and how many hors you want to give in order to understand the market. The more you use your stockbroker, the more money they will expect for using their services.
Basically, an execution-only service means that your employed stockbroker will only make trades based on your specific instructions, without any underlying advice. These trades are made through telephone calls or electronically. This type of service is normally targeted at those who have a wealth of experience and want to make their own decisions.
This is the least expensive type of stockbroking services, but investing in stocks and shares in this way is extremely risky and you need to remember that some or all of your investment could be under threat if you haven’t done your research or you don’t know your market.
A few stockbroking businesses offer execution-only services and may give their customer base online information and key research basics in order to decide which stocks and shares to trade. Most of these brokers provide funs too, meaning they are more publicly known as ‘fund supermarkets’.
If you choose a discretionary service, essentially, this means that an employed broker can purchase and shares with your knowledge and your behalf. These deals are brokered through lose instructions that you have already discussed with the broker, but can be done impromptu if the broker feels an appropriate investment or sale of stocks/shares needs to be executed. Thus, deals can be brokered on the spot in line with ever changing market conditions, rather than the broker contacting you about every deal.
Imperatively, you will need to invest a minimum of £100,000 in shares if you opt to use a discretionary service. Ideally, to use discretionary services, you will have some experience of working with or for the stock market previously, predominately because of the risk.
If you opt to go the advisory services, your employed stockbroker tells you about what shares you need to purchase and sell, or alternatively look a investments wholly to reach a longer-term target. Stockbrokers employed on advisory services will speak to you prior to any potential investment being made. Thus, it is ultimately up to you if you want go ahead with a potential investment or you want to wait for better option to come to fruition. You may also be sent up-to-date market information and pertinent stock information so that you can make appropriate decisions.