What is the stock market?
The stock market is where buyers and sellers trade in such financial assets as bonds, currencies and equities. One of the most popular assets is shares. They’re units of ownership in a company, and investors buy them to receive dividends from a company or make returns from future price hikes.
Companies also sell their shares to raise capital. A company cannot trade on the stock market without a minimum of capital, shareholders and other requirements.
Brokers play a key role in the stock market. They’re qualified professionals who introduce buyers to sellers and execute trades in exchange for commission. Companies and individuals looking to invest in the stock market should go through a broker.