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What is the stock market and why is it important?

The stock market refers to the public network of financial transactions: when company stock or shares are being traded, meaning bought or sold, this is known as the stock market. However, the stock market is not in fact the physical place where the trading takes place – the market place is known as the stock exchange. The global and local stock market transactions take place in various stock exchanges around the world. Some of the biggest and most famous stock exchanges are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), London Stock Exchange, Paris Bourse, Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The stock market is… [Read More Below]

…represented in each continent by large stock exchanges. Basically, stock exchanges are organisations offering a market place for sellers and buyers.

For a company, trading in the stock market provides a way of creating financial opportunities and raising funds. Investing in, and selling their own shares is one of the most important ways of raising money. Also, being a public or a listed company available for trading in the stock market enhances the company’s reputation and financial stability. The benefits of operating in the stock market do not only apply to companies, but to individual investors as well: getting into buying and selling shares can offer extensive financial benefits to anyone, when done right. Budding investors should remember that entering the stock market can be a risk for a beginner without the necessary knowledge and professional help.

The state of the stock market is also seen as an important indicator of the state of the local and global economy. When the local stock market is operating well, it is considered that the national economy is also stable. The general public have also become a more important part of the stock market: for example, having a pension fund or insurance investment probably means that you have a stake in the stock market.

The stock market is driven by sentiment and news. For example, company news on new products, staff changes and corporate activity can have an effect on the company’s shares.

The stock market consists of sellers, buyers and stock exchange professionals who act as the middle-man between the seller and buyer, executing transactions. Sellers and buyers operating in the stock market range from independent investors to institutional investors, such as banks and insurance companies. Public companies trading their own shares are also participants in the stock market.

Most stock exchanges these days are electronic, automatically matching buyers and sellers. An investor is keen to buy a share for a certain price, and a potential seller is keen to sell their share for a certain price. When these expectations match, a trade takes place. In case various buyers are after the same share on the same price, the share is sold to the one who expressed their buying interest first. An investor can pay the market price for the share, or bid for the price.

A physical stock exchange, such as NYSE, is also known as a listed exchange. This means they only trade stocks that are listed with them. When an investor wants to bid for a certain share, their exchange professional goes to a floor broker, who then approaches the floor trading post specialist who will then match the buying bids to shares on sale. This is done by using a method known as the open outcry, meaning the trading process happens through verbal communication – and this is why news clips from stock exchanges can seem slightly overwhelming. Sometimes the asking price and the bid do not match; this means there is a spread between the two and the trade does not execute immediately. In cases like these, the specialist should resort to their own resources to close the spread.

In a virtual stock exchange, the stock market transactions take place not by people but by computers. Instead of using a floor trading post specialist, bids and selling prices are matched by computers. In the past years, virtual stock exchanges have increased in the stock market together with large financial companies starting to operate in the stock market by themselves, without the help of stock exchanges.

There are several ways to enter the stock market. It should be stressed that before giving the stock market a go, it is necessary to be as informed about the operations as possible, as it a high-risk business. At Accendo Markets, as well as providing thorough information and introduction, we offer our customers three different ways of operating in the stock market. Customers can choose between Contracts for Difference (CFDs), trading with Forex (foreign currency) or by spread betting.

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Shaun D

since signing up for Accendo I have had two traders, Mark and Sam. I have found both of these to be very informative about how CFD's work and they have made it very easy for me. Since working with Sam (last four months) my trading knowledge has improved and I can make more informative decisions about which Company's to invest with. Keep up the good work Sam.

Posted 3 months ago

Anonymous

I am very happy with the service I get from Accendo Markets and in particular Jermaine Bedlow. He is very professional and pleasant to speak to and this counter for a lot. The only problem I do have is with the Accendo trading platform as the platform will not stay open for more than about two minutes on my works computer before it shuts down, but it is fine on my home laptop.

Posted 5 months ago

Shreekant P

Its a good site for dealing stocks worldwide and having good staff.

Posted 5 months ago

Nick W

Krishan Appiah is one of the most dedicated / informative broker I have ever had.

Posted 5 months ago

Thomas I

Since I have been trading with Accendo Markets I have experienced much greater success than has been my experience with other trading companies mainly due to the help given by, what I consider to be my terminal with the trading floor, Mark, who has been most helpful in reminding me of the progress of my positions throughout the day and keeping me in touch with those positions so that I can more easily make successful trades when appropriate instead of missing out on opportunities through lack of attention. He draws my attention to the situations and enables me to make profitable trades. I am very happy with the situation at the moment and am enjoying the experience. Thomas Irving.

Posted 6 months ago

Kartik A

Accendo markets keep me connected with the market and its very well followed by Mr. Krishan Appiah ,which helps me to take certain decision on time.

Posted 6 months ago

Peter p

I have been trading with Accendo Markets and James Abbott my account manager for coming on 5 years now, James Abbott the senior trader of Accendo Markets provides me with up to minute information when I need it and find him very easy and professional to deal with. Whenever I need to trade or am not sure about anything James is always their to help with any queries I may have. The Accendo Platform I find very easy to use and navigate although it has been slightly changed over the years but definitely for the better. Personal when I do trade 90% of the time, I rather telephone call to place my trade dealings and if James is not there to take my call I find others at Accendo like Sam, Lee take my trades and are. All in all everyone at Accendo Markets are amazing to deal with and my relationship with Accendo is just as I like it. Peter Petrou

Posted 11 months ago

Mrs. J

"Our Trader, Aymen Azizi, has been nothing but attentive to our every need throughout our long relationship with him. No issue is too small, full explanations on all our questions."

Posted 1 year ago

Brian R

I have been with Accendo for a long time now, ten or twelve year's, probably more . As I told Sam (my trader) I thought that CFDs were better than sex . I stopped trading for a few years and only started back about a couple of months ago. But it is as if I had never been gone , so to speak. Sam has helped me every step of the way, at my age one forgets things. I have only praise for Accendo and as far as I am concerned the platform is the best . Now I am back trading at 71 years of age, I might even try sex again. Brian Robertson.

Posted 1 year ago

Jim W

I understand how to make a profit with CFDs. I am restricted by the range of companies I have knowledge of. Although, I am not sure that is a big problem. Tom Robertson is a very fine man.

Posted 1 year ago

Rebekah S

Well, I would not be trading without the help of my trader, Sam Alnakkash. He provided a really great overview of Accendo Markets, an insight into trading in general and how to get started in trading online. His advice, support and training has been fantastic all along the way, enabling me to start trading earlier than I would have done had I not had the support. He has also been very adept at understanding me as a client in order to help me achieve my trading goals. I still have a lot to learn and hope I will get there.

Posted 1 year ago

Nick z

I like the updates on shares I trade. Updates from Bloomberg and Reuters plus industry updates and breaking news. I've had Matt Grice and James Abbott and found both to be excellent. I would like to continue a personal service with James. He understands how and which stocks I trade.

Posted 1 year ago

Steve O

Excellent, knowledgable broker interaction and communication, coupled with very good research and analysis.

Posted 1 year ago

William P

Being new to direct trading I needed help and was given all the time and advice that I needed to feel fully able to make decisions on what I wanted to invest in. I asked for and got exactly the type of info I required provided by Tom Cook, who I would recommend to anyone looking for help.

Posted 1 year ago

Mr. W

I have been dealing with accendo for the past 8 years my broker Amrit I find him very helpful when he is there lol and had many offers to change but will not do it Bill Roberts

Posted 1 year ago

Zoran N

Very good all round service! Timely market information. (charts + trends coverage ) On the ball accounts managers ,quickly available and alert . Part of my success owed to my personal manager Mr Sam Springet , than you.

Posted 1 year ago

Mr Brian C

Easy to deal with.....

Posted 1 year ago

Muhammed S

Accendo markets are great for trading cfds and their research is second to none! Aymen manages my account is extremely helpful and always keeps me updated on market info. Thanks again

Posted 1 year ago

Mr Buta B

Always available, whenever I call I get straight through to someone that can and will help. The staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and easy to talk to.

Posted 1 year ago

Stephen B

Aymen Azizi keeps an eye on what is happening in the market and informs me with timely relevancy, email call, and txt.

Posted 1 year ago

Mr. G

the web site is so easy to use and Aymen my point of contact provides exactly the right level of intervention

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