HOW TO BUY STOCKS 📈 Stock Market Trading & Investing For Beginners!

Here is a beginners guide on how to buy stocks. This is how to buy stocks for beginners, a stock market for beginners guide! Buying your first share of a stock can be intimidating, but once you understand the basics you won’t be afraid to jump in to the world of trading and investing in the stock market for beginners!

In order to buy or sell a stock, you need a stock broker. In order to have access to a trading platform, you need a broker. You can go through an in person stock broker, an online discount stock broker or now a free stock broker thanks to Robinhood. I highly recommend Robinhood for stock market beginners looking for an easy way to buy stocks.

The trading app Robinhood offers free stock trading with no minimum account balance. Many have asked me about my opinion of another trading app many stock market beginners use called Stash. This app charges you $1 a month for an account balance under $5,000 and 0.25% per year for an account balance over $5,000. For that reason, I am partial to Robinhood. I think this is the best app for stock market beginners to use when buying their first stocks.

Once you decide on a broker you need to open a trading account. You need a trading account in order to buy and sell stocks. You typically have two options; a cash account and a margin account. A margin account allows stock market investors to purchase securities with borrowed funds. A cash account is a regular brokerage account where securities are paid in full. Stock market beginners want a cash account 99% of the time. Trading on margin is not for beginners.

In order to open the account you will need proof of identity and proof of address. Once you fund the account, you are ready to buy stocks. In order to buy a stock you will need the stock symbol. For example, the symbol for Coca Cola is KO. You would type in KO on your trading platform and click buy in order to buy stock in Coca Cola. This is a stock many beginners invest in as well.

When buying stocks, you have a few options for order types. You want to make sure you are using the correct order type when buying stocks.

1. Market: Executes a buy order at the current market price.
2. Limit: The maximum price you will pay for a stock.
(Ex. ABC Stock is $30, Buy no higher than $25)
3. Stop Loss: Executes a buy order when the set price is reached.
(Ex. ABC Stock is $25, Buy no lower than $30)
4. Stop Limit: Trigger a limit order when the set price is reached.
(Ex. ABC Stock is $25, Buy no higher than $30.10 after it hits $30)

There you have it! Those are the basics of how to buy stocks for beginners. I hope you found this stock market for beginners guide to be useful. The stock market can be a great way to invest your money and I encourage you to learn as much as you can about investing. Learning how to buy stocks and opening a trading account is the first step and you have now accomplished that!

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Tina Zivkovic says:

Hey Ryan, could you make a video on how to comb through trades available to buy, in case when you are ready to invest but don’t have specific company in mind you would like to invest in. Let’s say your only criteria is to find a good blue chip stock, or dividend paying stock for long term investments or a stock that might increase in value soon based on personal speculation. How do you start your search in those cases?

Ashfaq Sheikh says:

Informative video. Thanks.

N7 says:

awesome video!, can you absolutley confirm Robin Hood is legitimate?, not a con….I’m always concerned when asked to link bank accounts, I’m new to stocks and literally just getting started, excellent video, keep them coming, can you do one to explain Dow Vs NasDaq Vs SMP500?

Will Kimmey says:

I have read some reviews on Robinhood that said they slightly increase the price you pay for the stock the moment you buy, and take that money for themselves. It seems a litttle strange how they appear with free trading while all other places charge $7-$10. Just curious on how they are making enough money to continue and if they are legit.

Adeniyi Adewale says:

Ryan pls am from Nigeria which broker can I use?

Eleo says:

Did y’all listen to the Microsoft earnings call? In the past 5 yrs they have had a steady growth on top of that they raised their dividends to .98 cents a share (correct me if I am wrong please). It will be interesting to see how they will do in the coming weeks.

eric Angeles says:

Hello Ryan great video, thanks for it, have a question where can I find information in what to invest, for example, which companies or which news channel to watch, I’m new in the stock market world.

DutchSword says:

What is your opinion on microsoft for my super long term investment plan, of buying 150 on share each month?

Alexandre Garcia says:

Thank u so much! It helped a lot

DyJKevin says:

thanks for useful info. you make good content

Be kind to one another says:

Why would somebody do a stop loss

Donte Beachem says:

Thank You Ryan. Clicking on your Robin Hood link right after this comment. One last thing. An ad for the Robin Hood app appeared right below your video as I was watching. I almost clicked on it. I don’t really think you can prevent it since the ad was most likely added after Google or adsense keyword searches picked it up in your description. I just thought you should know just incase you decide on a strategy to prevent it but make sure you share if you do.

Tamika A says:

Thank you.

U.S.A. 1776 says:

8 days and I’ll be old enough to invest in stock 😀

Robert Caldwell says:

Personally, I outright refuse a broker/carrier that does not offer order triggers…..I’m pampered like that, lol. TDAmeritrade and Optionshouse both have trigger ability on positions, I’m not sure about all the others, but I’m 100% certain that Robinhood doesn’t (and Robinhood is only trading on select stocks right now and no options, though they are working toward it).

To explain, a trigger is something that you set up based on a specific condition in an asset. For example, T on the 68tick chart looks like it is hitting my 2nd deviation band at 36.52, and I believe that it will jump to the mid-line around 39.55, giving me a 3.03 profit per share. So before the market opens, I might set a limit order to buy 100 shares at 36.52 with a trigger to create an OCO, the first being a wait condition of 39.10 to trail a stop at 70 cents for a sell order of 100…..the other is a buy order of another 100 shares at a wait condition of 35.24 (the third deviation band) with a 20 cent trail stop to buy. This is an extremely complex order that not all brokers are willing to make, but this gives me the ability to walk away from the trade completely until I get an email saying I am confirmed.

If I’m confirmed on the sell, I don’t have to do anything at all, I know I made a minimum of $188, plus dividends, and the other part of the trade is automatically cancelled and my account is clean. If my buy side is confirmed, then I will log back in and position a new OCO based on new data… cost basis is always being reduced, and since I’m invested in the company long term, I don’t care how long it takes.

This is what the order would look like in my book:

#1 bto +100 T @36.52 lmt gtc
#2 bto +100 T trstp mark+0.20 mark gtc trg by #1 oco cond T mark< =35.24 #3 stc -100 T trstp mark-0.70 mark gtc trg by #1 oco cond T mark>=39.10

Daytraders want to spend all their time in front of the computer…I prefer to work smarter, not harder, if you suspect the stock will do something, then program your position to do the thing you think, then just let it do its thing. No reason to watch it and get your emotions involved, the stock will definitely test you and make you move positions or adjust your analysis and it ruins your life in the end.

ThePresentation010 says:

Piss in the ass.

Douglas LeFaive says:

Hey Ron just curious if you can find out what are some of the best CDs and length of CDs to get

Omari Taylor says:

can you do a video on taxes associated with trading/investing?

bbreakerCE says:

great video
you need to buy a lamp though, to fix the lighting

EM3rIC4_88 says:

Ryan, just subscribed a while ago and this how to video on basics had me hooked. More videos like this will draw a larger crowd.

Roshan Adhikari says:

Thank you, I needed this video!

cristian rivera says:

Ryan I’m totally think this video was made for me!! Could I used Robbin to buy mining stocks?? Also have you bought cryptocurrency like bitcoin?? Thanks and I’m grateful for been your subscriber!

Allen Berry says:

Great videos man I already know how to buy stocks but your content has given a very good idea on how to do stocks, bonds, etc

MarketPlay says:

Robinhood really change the whole stock trading game. it makes short time swing trading possible because of 0 commission.really recommend anyone give it shot.
— Making trading video.

Parnell50 says:

12:52 – 12:56 “You want to buy ABC stock no LOWER than $25″… Did you mean “no higher” if not please explain.

lazybomb402 says:

Hey Ryan! I’m new to your channel and investing as a whole but your channel is great! But can you do a video on how to actually make capital gains from an investments? Is it just as simple as buying and selling and does it apply for everything? (Mutual funds, bonds, ETF, stocks and etc). Would appreciate it greatly!

TheMightyHarihar says:

Ryan, you should do a video on one of my favourite stocks, VISA! They report earnings tonight, so should make a good video for the next few days.

Kathy volpe-schaffer says:

Excellent! Thanks!

Touch Smith says:

Hello I am a new subscriber I would like to know how to understand my 401 k plan

Aswin Alapati says:

new to robinhood. I have a question. How can I transfer funds from my robinhood account to my bank account. Do I need to wait for few days before my cash becomes available for transfer?

Brian Kaye says:

Can you use Robinhood on a computer or only on a cell phone?

OneBigPappa says:

Just a warning to anyone who lives paycheck to paycheck. I myself have used share builder now capital one (which I like and now only pay 6.95 a trade instead of the original 9.95 a trade), but I recently started using robin hood. but everyone should be aware robin hood does have a long lead time to take money out of your account. They will let you trade with that money before it shows up in their account but they will charge you a 30.00 fee if the funds are not in your account during that 4 to 5 day period when they actually get around to collecting the money.

Tim McInnis says:

You broke it down so smooth Crystal clear.

Ken Xuan says:

Hey Ryan, I’m 16 right now and I want to get into real estate, since I can’t do real estate because I’m under 18. So I want to get into the stock market after my parent open an account under my name. What’s the best advice you can give me if I want to start investing.

Roberto Urbina says:

Ryan, thank you for the information!!

ItsyaboiSayR says:

Hi Ryan, I’m in the middle of watching your video but had to pause and let you know how helpful your videos are. I just turned 20 and have a great passion to start investing in stocks and you have definitely opened up new ideas for me. Thank you for making great videos you have definitely earned me as a subscriber!

chris stix says:

Great vid man exactly what i was looking for to the letter, i think its a good idea the basics people dont wanna look dumb asking about the basic things but i gottta start sumwhere, tnx

Julio C. Guevara says:

Ryan I love your videos! Is it possible to make a video in the future about how to research a company and what indicators you look for. Thanks!

Jajuan Journe Burton says:

Thank you the lesson was clear and direct. Now I feel ready to trade!!!! Thanks for the tools again.

Frank K says:

One thing you failed to mention in your videos is that there is no stock you can buy for $5. Even Microsoft stock is $75 USD minimum. Government bonds you can’t speak unless you have $5000. How about trading fees? Your information is not all there and is misleading people. Not a poor man’s system to get rich.

Douglas LeFaive says:

Also do you know if the 424 is one of the good stocks to have

Leo Liu says:

In Person Brokers are a Waste of Money!

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