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How Does A Brokerage Account Work

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So how does a brokerage account work?

To start investing in the stock market you need to open a brokerage account. This account will allow you to purchase stocks, mutual funds, and other investments.

A broker essentially will buy and sell securities for you for a commission.

You will pay a commission when you buy and sell a stock. So if your commission rate at your broker is $7.00 a trade you will ultimately be paying $14.00 in total commission cost by the time you buy and sell a particular stock.

Commission rates can vary by a lot depending on how much you are expecting from your broker.

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