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About Marc Chaikin: After more than 40 years on Wall Street, Marc founded Chaikin Analytics LLC in 2009 to deliver proven stock analytics to professional and individual investors and traders. A Wall Street stock trader, broker and analyst, Chaikin created the Chaikin Power ... more

The Revolution in Online Trading and Investing

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 4:19 PM EST

The trend toward online trading and investing has been helped along, of course, by the availability of things like mobile investment apps and user-friendly stock tracking software.  The driving force, however, is not consumers’ love of new technology but rather a desire to take control of their own finances. Indeed, the pull of do-it-yourself, self-directed online trading and investing is so strong that Merrill Lynch, the biggest name in full-service brokerage, recently threw up its hands and opened up a discount operation of its own.

If people are having second thoughts about full-service Wall Street brokerages, they aren’t feeling much better about mutual funds, with the heavy management and marketing fees many of them impose.  Mutual fund companies are ingenious when it comes to choosing statistics that show their results in a positive light.  What they can’t disguise, however, is the fact that most of them underperform the market as a whole.  They don’t perform the same as the overall market; they perform worse, largely because of those onerous fees that most of them charge.

Some people argue for investing in low-fee, passive index mutual funds, which guarantee results that are only slightly worse than the market as a whole.  Passive index funds might a better choice than actively managed funds that charge high fees for mediocre performance.  Even so, in today’s fast-paced business environment, where companies and even industries can become outdated almost overnight, passive investing is hardly an ideal solution to the needs of ordinary investors.

Are there better solutions at hand? Indeed there are.  By investing a little time and effort and harnessing the generous array of tools and data now available to everyone online—like Chaikin Analytics—investors can learn to do for themselves what many high-priced stock brokers do not do on the customers’ behalf.  They can develop a systematic methodology for identifying the stock market’s myriad opportunities, and they can pursue those opportunities with a disciplined eye toward securing their own financial futures.

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