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Why Online Trading Platforms Are Useful for Everyone

InvestorEducation / Learn to Trade May 24, 2017 - 03:55 PM GMT

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Despite the accessibility of online trading platforms, these entities remain synonymous with novice investors and those are new to their respective markets. After all, online platforms are largely attributed with eradicating many of the barriers to entry that once surrounded the financial marketplace, making it accessible to everyday citizens and part-time day traders.

While there is some truth to this, it is unfair to claim that online trading platforms only offer value to novices. In fact, they offer value to every single trader, regardless of their experience level and the individual strategies that they use to execute orders.


3 Reasons Why Online Trading Platforms Are Useful for Everybody

With this in mind, let's take a look at three ways in which virtual trading platforms offer value to all financial market traders:

  1. They Offer Access to a Huge Range of Markets

One of the main benefits of online trading platforms is that they offer access to multiple markets from a single dashboard. Take the London Capital Group, for example, which currently enables users to trade more than 5,000 markets across a total of seven asset classes. This makes it easier than ever for traders to diversify their interests, and optimise their chances of achieving long-term gains.

This advantage should appeal to both experienced and novice traders, although the former are more likely to have built a diverse portfolio that includes everything from derivatives (currency) to secure stores of wealth and commodities (such as gold).

  1. They Allow Traders to Access the Market in Different Ways

Online trading platforms also make it easier to deal in derivatives, which free investors from the burden of ownership and allow them to profit even in a bearish market. The trouble with trading derivatives is that they can be relatively complex, while their margin-based nature means that investors can (in the worst case scenario) lose more than they can afford.

Fortunately, virtual trading platforms offer a number of trading vehicles to derivative investors, from CFDs (contracts for difference) to spread betting. Both enable traders to speculate on whether or not asset prices will rise or fall at any given time, which in turn means that they can profit even as values decline.

Spread betting is a particularly popular option in the UK, as all profits are exempt from capital gains tax and stamp duty.

  1. They Have a Diverse Range of Analytical Tools for Everybody

One of the first things that you will notice about online trading platforms is their vast range of analytical tools, which can be used to source historic and real-time data that can inform your trades. This range is also diverse, meaning that you are unlikely to use all of the available tools to manage your accounts.

This will depend largely on your underlying strategy and the markets that you look to trade in, but regardless of how you look to profit there are tools that can help you to succeed. New analytical features are also being added as individual platforms evolve, which in turn help traders to grow and diversify into brand new markets.

Disclaimer: This is an paid advertorial. This is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any trading losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors before engaging in any investing and trading activities.


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