Nowadays, the vast majority of investments are made on-line. Technology supports dynamic and short-term investments the most, so the perception and availability of all investment tools has changed with the Internet. The change also covered the range –– the Internet made investing something common.
What Is On-Line Investing?
On-line investing is the most convenient form of investment. Like many other activities that once required leaving home and going to the right facility, such as managing a bank account or sending messages, investments have become much simpler in the last two decades.
To invest on-line, you need to find the right broker, who will give you access to the market. There are plenty of them. These can be banks, brokerage houses, private companies. For a fee, the broker provides an investment platform or an investment portfolio through which you can execute buy or sell orders.
Typically, 100% operations are carried out over the Internet, and all data about the subject of investment –– shares, bonds, units of funds, etc. are saved electronically. The investor therefore does not have a hard copy of the assets he or she owns.
The exception is physical assets which, by their very nature, require an actual storage or protection. Investments such as metals and precious stones, expensive wines, comic books or real estate, are usually at the personal disposal of the investor. It happens, however, that someone buys, e.g. investment diamonds with a storage option at the intermediary. In this case, the investment is not much different from the disposal of assets that only have an electronic form.
Investing in the Past And Today
Certainly, investing in the past was much more time-consuming due to slower flow and throughput of information. Nowadays, all stock indices are updated almost immediately, but in the past, such operations were limited by technology.
This does not mean, however, that the assets could not have changed in value quickly. On Black Thursday, October 24, 1929, stock values could even drop to zero in just one day, well before the era of electronic information exchange.
Where to Invest On-Line?
Virtually every bank offers some type of on-line investment, usually in very popular investment funds. On the other hand, brokerage houses or other types of companies offer access to the money market or to the stock exchange (domestic or foreign). A beginner investor, therefore, is offered a wide selection when it comes to choosing a dealer or broker. There are also various websites that compare the services of intermediaries’ data, their platforms or the fees charged.
What Is Forex?
Forex is the world’s largest money market. Most currency operations are performed on Forex. It is intended to be a place mainly for big players –– banks and huge companies that know how to play Forex, so they constantly carry out various types of foreign exchange.
However, Forex is also a very popular place to invest in the foreign exchange market. Even an individual investor can (through a broker) gain access to Forex to use the very popular leverage effect. It is, though, one of the most demanding markets with nearly 85% of investors losing most of their capital through unsuccessful deals. However, record-holders are able to double their capital in one day, and Forex still attracts many young investors who believe in making a fortune in the financial market.
What Are Binary Options?
It is a derivative of financial instruments used to invest in various markets, including financial ones. Investing in binary options involves speculating whether a given asset will gain or lose value after specified time. It is an interesting way to invest as it can bring measurable profit even when the asset that is subject to speculation gains or loses a small fraction of its own value.
There are several types of binary options. The simplest and most popular ones consist precisely in speculating whether an asset will gain or lose its value. There are also options in relation to which you speculate whether an asset will reach a given value, as well as ladder options, with stakes on several possible values that the asset may reach.
Contrary to Forex, binary options are a novelty on the Polish market and have been available only for a few years. However, they are considered to be a simpler and more profitable form of investment than the financial market, they are appreciated by investors.
Regardless of the chosen method of investing, it is much easier for modern investors than it used to be for investors several dozen or even several years ago. New financial instruments and a faster information flow made it easier to start investing to a level never achieved in the past.