Online Trading companies allow the customer to buy and sell stocks over the internet for a set fee as opposed to a commission. The popularity of Online Trading companies has sky rocketed in recent years due to their low cost and ability for individuals to handle their market investments personally. To maximize the benefits of Online Trading companies it is important to research the stock information and stay current on market trends. There are many different Online Trading companies and each charges different rates and offers different services. Market analysis and trend watching along with business news information are some of the additional services offered by various Online Trading companies. Be aware that some Online Trading companies handle your transactions in real time and some have a delay between your order and the actual transaction.