By: Montana Timpson
With the 2020 tax period fast approaching, now is the opportune time to determine if it’s time for a change in your broker-dealer. Transitioning brokerages or opening a new account might seem like a daunting task, but avoiding a broker-dealer switch that can offer you clear advantages can hinder your ability to reach your full potential in 2021.
While there’s no definite way to guarantee investment returns, there is a way to set yourself up for success by selecting a brokerage that best suits your needs. Consider determining factors like your investment strategy, experience level, fiscal limitations and platform preferences when determining the right broker-dealer for you.
For professional traders, the primary consideration in choosing an investment account is often your investment strategy. What kind of securities are you targeting, and what types of trades are you looking to execute? For more advanced strategies, professional traders often require broker-dealers that offer platforms supporting customizable order entry, complex order options and various routing choices.
Once you know your strategy, you can search for broker-dealers that offer access to trade opportunities and resources to best help you succeed.
Educational Resources, Partnered Research and Market Analysis
For traders seeking guided knowledge, broker-dealer necessities might include educational resources, one-on-one support options and soft demo opportunities to allow risk-free trials of trading software. For professional traders, emphasis might lie in access to fundamental and technical data, partnered research, analyst recommendations and social sentiment analytics.
Partnered research can include anything from market data integrations to financial analyst rankings and advice, all of which, if offered by a brokerage, can give active traders a significant edge in market data insights. If offered by a brokerage, external trading tools — platforms like eSignal, Social Market Analytics and TipRanks, in the case of Lightspeed — can give traders indications of future market and economic performance along with, in some cases, positive or negative ratings of stocks and potential trading and investment strategies to help maximize potential success.
As well as available tools and resources, professional traders should assess the fiscal requirements of varying brokerage firms. Many brokers have minimum deposit thresholds, while others may require a minimum balance to access certain advanced features or trading platforms. Make sure to consider annual fees, margin rates and price of access to various platforms when comparing broker-dealers, and look to take advantage of new account promotions, when available.
Active Trading with Lightspeed
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