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Let's turn our attention to cash, stocks, and funds.

Bonds and other investment strategies- ETF's, short sell, Forex, etc., will not be covered in this article.

Before discussing cash, stocks, and funds, let's identify an account where you can execute a transaction to buy or sell in the stock market.

Direct buy -Vs- a Brokerage.

Unless you "direct buy" stocks from the company themselves using cash you have in a checking account, you will need to set up a brokerage account.

A brokerage account is a licensed firm that you have selected to conduct buys and sells and to manage the account using money that you sent them or transferred to them.

There are plenty of firms that are reputable and licensed or registered- see related links on the left...

After choosing a brokerage, you would then apply to the firm, going through the steps on their Website.

Application normally consists of your name, address, phone/cell number, Social Security Number, type of account(s)--  IRA, 401K, taxable--  and other setup information.

Account funding instruction would also be a part of the setup process.

"A brokerage is a business licensed by Government to act and conduct business as a Broker between buyers and sellers in the capital/ stock market"

To fund an account, you send money [or transfer the money] to the brokerage. The brokerage in turn holds the cash in the core account as "cash to settle with".

The cash sits in the cash portion of the account and is used by the brokerage to settle orders you execute.

Stocks/ funds that you buy are debited out of the cash in the account. Stocks/ funds you sell are credited to the cash account.

Commissions, interest, and dividends are debited and credited to cash. And, of course, you can withdraw available cash.

Stocks and funds.

Basically a stock is a share of an individual company, or a piece of a company, that they give for a price. A stock or share of a company can be bought, held, and sold on the open market or in a private sell.

When you buy stock, you are issued, electronically or physically, a certificate of ownership that identifies the company you invested in, number of shares & registration number.

A fund- mutual fund- is normally made up of individual investors that invest in a collection of investments of different companies or sectors that a team of persons manage.

Money from investors is collected into the funds cash account. Shares are then bought and sold under management of the team, kept in the fund until the individual investor sell his/her shares of the fund, at which time the proceeds are added to your brokerage core 'cash account'.

So right off the bat, you can see that if in your strategy you don't want to manage your investment, you can buy shares of a fund and let a 'fund team' manage it for you. So it is very important that you get a fund manager that is right for you.

One of the things you need to do is decide if you want to manage or do you want to hire someone else. If you want to have someone else manage your investment then you can go the mutual fund route or have a Certified Financial Planner manage the investment.

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