Trading Essentials

History of Trading

Discover where and how the securities markets got their start and how it evolved into the global system known as the stock market of today.

Stock Trade

Ready to begin investing in the stock market? Before you start, see our guide on how a stock trade works and learn what happens when you buy or sell a stock.

Direct Access Trading and Level II

Learn about Direct Access Trading, a method of trading through direct access brokers, which eliminates many of the problems associated with traditional brokerages.


Electronic Communication Networks (ECNs) enable institutions, investors (small and big), and traders a means to electronically transmit their current best buying and selling prices.

Market Makers

Market Makers are essentially managers who help to regulate the volume of buying selling in the markets.

Order Routing

With the emergence of Direct Access Trading, there are many ways to execute orders to buy or sell stock. Learn more about stock market order routing.

Stop sign to represent trading stop orders

Stock Order Types

Knowing the different stock order types that can be placed can help to limit risk and improve results. Read our guide to learn the different stock order types.

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