Where are the best places to buy stock?


Quick Answer

The best place to buy stock depends on individual goals and investing experience. For those interested in buying stock who are unsure about managing their own portfolio, a full-service broker is the best choice. For those with the experience managing a portfolio, a discount broker is best.

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Considerations when choosing any broker include commissions, other account fees, availability of margin, margin rates and the ability to short stock. Those considering a full-service broker should review the broker's past investing performance as well. The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq have the most stringent listing requirements in the United States, as of 2014. The best-performing stocks, such as Microsoft, Walmart, Apple and Google, appear on the NYSE or Nasdaq before their large appreciations in value.

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