Can I purchase stocks on my own or do I have to use a broker or an online trading company?

Submitted by Craig Strzelecki on 2 April, 2006 - 23:47

You can acquire stocks in the following manner: Gift, Dividend reinvestment, on-market, etc...

Can I purchase stocks on my own or do I have to use a broker or an online trading company?

You can acquire stocks in the following manner:
1. Gift - they are given to you as part of your salary or Christmas present.
2. Dividend reinvesment plan
3. Direct on-market purchase through a broker
4. Sometimes from the company if they are issuing more shares
5. If brand new company - buy shares from IPO
6. Through executing derivatives such as options

If there is anymore please let me know.