I'm new to this. Can I sell or buy stock by myself?

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September 2016
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Yes, you can sell or buy stock by yourself. You simply open an account online with a company like Charles Schwab, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, Scottrade, E-trade (these are just examples, not recommendations, there are many other places to open a brokerage account.) After opening your account, you will deposit money usually by linking your checking account, and then you're ready to use that money to buy the stock you want.

However, do not equate the ease of opening an account with the ease of making good investment decisions. The fact that you are "new to this" is a huge red flag. I highly recommend you speak to a qualified advisor before making your first investment purchase. 

Also, if there was only one book I could recommend to a new investor it would be The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. 

Smart investing can be highly satisfying so take it slow, do your research, and seek out an advisor that has your best interest in mind.

Hope that helps, and happy investing!

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