For most Americans, financial security, or perhaps even financial freedom, is a shared ideal. And for many, the surest way to build wealth over time has been and remains investing in the U.S. stock market.
Investors like Warren Buffett, otherwise known as "the Oracle of Omaha," have famously leveraged the now estimated roughly $30 trillion total market capitalization of the U.S. stock market to profit handsomely.
But while advances in data technologies and online trading platforms like E*TRADE, Schwab, TD Ameritrade and Robinhood are making stock-trading easy, affordable, and near-instantaneous for the non-Buffetts of the investing world, many still find the stock market itself intimidating.
And that intimidation may prevent millions of Americans from taking advantage of one of the greatest wealth-creating engines in the history of the world.
Trading activity is on the rise as new investors take advantage of price discovery across a growing number of trading platforms. For example, a November 2017 TD Ameritrade announcement cited an average of 680,000 client trades per day – an increase of 55 percent in just one year.
Read how data is making the U.S. stock market open for all investors here, in "The Anatomy of a Trade."
Be sure to also check out our look into the Value of Market Data for investors everywhere.
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