Requirements to Invest and Trade in the Stock Market

Requirements to invest and trade in the stock market and everything you need to invest in the stock exchange are in this post. We are now in the part of this series about what you need before you can start investing. This series is created for easy step-by-step guide in investing and trading for beginners, to help you to become intermediate and expert, too.

If you missed the previous parts of this series, you can still catch up by reading the last posts in this page: Stock Market Tutorials Philippines: Complete Guide.

What You Need to Know Before Investing in the Stock Market

Before you hit the bull and invest in the stock market you must first prepare yourself and invest basic knowledge about what you’re getting into. You must consider the following:

Knowledge About Investing and Trading

Are you ready for this? Of course you won’t be ready yet without getting to know first about investing. Invest enough knowledge about investing and the stock market. Get to know about the basic flow of simple trading and then level up your portfolio by adding more stocks and equities.

No worries because we already created a simple and easy guide that has everything you need to know because we know the stock market sounds like a scary and complicated thing. Just go to our Complete Stock Guide and you’re all good.

Risk Tolerance Level

This is also called risk appetite. Ask yourself can you take risks? Evaluate yourself what kind of investor you are – conservative, moderate, or aggressive. Always remember that all investments have risks. You could gain some or you could lose some. Thus, you should know how far are you willing to lose to gain some money.

Investing and trading in the stock market is not a gamble. There are always risks that affect the economy like geopolitical factors, technology, social media, natural calamities, trade war and financial growth.

Financial Horizon

This is your financial perspective. How do you plan to invest? Are you placing a large part of your regular income into investment? Evaluate your financial status and make a plan to reach your goals and objective.

Every investor has a target. You know when will be your entry point. Similarly, you should also know when will be your exit point. Do you want to invest for long term? Or do you want to trade for a few months? It’s always up to your own goals.

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Requirements to Invest and Trade in the Stock Market

1. Open your stock broker’s account

Choose from the best and accredited online trading brokers in the Philippines. Personally, I use COL Financial and BDO Nomura for Philippine stocks. I also have global trading account for my foreign portfolio.

2. Have these 3 things:


You may need to spend few minutes of the day to evaluate and monitor your stocks and their performance. It doesn’t mean though that you need to do this every single day. It depends upon your investing strategy really.


Main ingredient here. This is what you are building and growing. You don’t have to be damn rich. You just have to set aside some portion of your income regularly to invest them.

Beginners in the stock market usually invest around P5000 every month. Now you ask me, what if I don’t have P5000 every month? The answer will be: invest 5000 every 2 months instead or whenever you can. If there is a will, there’s a way.


This will be your target price and target profit. Without a goal, you won’t know where you’re going. Like I said from the previous part, you need a plan right? The plan is how much to invest, what shares to buy and when you will be going to sell it all.

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3. Discipline

One of the best traits you must have in investing is discipline for it is the cousin of patience. Don’t panic when the market is down or when your stocks had that nasty dive. The only certain things about the stock market are peak, recession and recovery. Just follow your GOALs and you’ll be smiling in the end.

That’s all you need to invest in stocks.

Go to our Stock  Market Tutorials page for more easy guides and strategies.

Fehl is the founder of Philpad and has been writing online for 12 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Accountancy and a background in Finance. She is a licensed Career Service Professional and author of a poetry book at Barnes & Noble. In her spare time, she likes to travel and discover new places.

8 thoughts on “Requirements to Invest and Trade in the Stock Market”

  1. Hi ms fehl, i am currently working in a BPO and got interested investing in stock market.
    Pano ba mag open ng account to start investing? I would prefer 5k/2months.
    paki email po ako sakamat.

  2. Hello Fehl! I’ve been reading your posts since yesterday and I say you’d stirred up the excitement in me!! You explained stocks investing in a simple and understandable way.

    I have been reading information about stocks investing in the net and I’m glad I tripped over your blog. Now I had my mind into diving into the vast expanse of stocks.

    My question now is how will I know if the stocks I’m buying or the company where the stocks that I’ll buy from gives dividends?

  3. Good day po ate fehl same kami ni ryan at ng age. I also interested to place my fund for this investment because I a single child so when could I get enough support to looking after my parents.Ate fehl na mag invest po sa mutual funds at UITF’s, but I have few knowledge in regarding of market stocks?

  4. hi ms fehl noon ko pa pong gusto mag invest tlga sa stock market, at nabasa ko lng po ng aksidente yung mga blog niyo at mas naging interasado na akong pasukin ang stock market tlga, sabi mo sa isa sa mga blog niyo na time is money 21 years old na po ako gusto ko mag invest na tlga pero hindi ko alam kung saan magsisimula.. sana matulungan niyo po ako . cheers!.

    • Hi Ryan. You need to start by having knowledge, get to know how it works then if you’re ready, start it. You will only know everything if you really experience it. We have the guides you need here by going to our STOCKS tab above.


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