More than half of all Americans now have some level of investment in the stock market. The Internet allows you to get stock quotes quickly and easily. You can download free software that scrolls along the bottom of your screen to show the Dow Jones and NASDAQ averages, as well as news headlines that you can customize for your own needs. A number of sites allow you to enter in a stock ticker symbol and receive the current price of the stock. There are also both free and fee-based services that will customize market information for your own portfolio. If you want to trade stocks directly over the Internet, a number of brokerage houses can provide you with the software to access your account and make trades instantly.
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