What is a Stock?

A stock is a term used when describing equity in public listed companies that have completed an Initial Public Offering (IPO), and allows retail traders to buy shares in the company. As a “shareholder”, the investor theoretically owns a percentage of what the company owns (or owes). The main determining factor as to whether a stock is traded at a higher or lower price, is the company’s profitability, or lack of profit.

The idea of selling equity in companies has been popular since around the 16th century, and today, there are around 60 major stock exchanges around the world. Therefore, some of the largest include: The London Stock Exchange, The New York Stock Exchange and The Tokyo Stock Exchange.

What is a Stock CFD Trading?

AKO Markets gives you the chance to trade CFDs (contracts for difference) with stocks as their underlying asset. You can choose whether to go long or short (buy or sell) a company’s shares without physically owning them, and without having to physically be at one of the stock exchanges around the world. You can use the AKO Markets platform to trade CFDs on stocks from anywhere.

For example: if you researched and found that you believe that the price of Amazon shares is going to decrease, you would sell. And if you were correct, you would earn from the difference of price. When trading CFDs on stocks, you can potentially earn a profit whether the price rises or falls, if your speculation is correct, and you can also be entitled to dividends if the company announced pay-outs to shareholders. However, if your speculation is wrong you would realise a loss.

Risk Disclaimer

Trading in Forex and/or CFD and/or any other financial instruments involves significant risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Trading in the financial markets may lead to a loss of some or all your original investments, and as such, you should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. Trading on margin/leverage can work against you as well as for you. You should be fully aware of all risks involved in trading. You should seek advice from an independent and suitably licensed financial advisor and ensure that you have the risk appetite, relevant experience, and knowledge before deciding to trade. Please read and ensure you fully understand our Risk Policy. Cryptocurrency trading requires knowledge of cryptocurrency markets and comes with several risks, including volatile market price swings or flash crashes, market manipulation, and cybersecurity risks. Investors should conduct extensive research into the legitimacy of each cryptocurrency before investing.

*All trading involves risk. It is possible to lose all your capital.

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