What is Apple?
Apple Inc. is a US multinational technology company that specialises in consumer electronics, computer software and online services. It is one of the ‘Big Five’ companies in the US IT industry, alongside Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook (Meta). In 2018, Apple became the first publicly traded US company to be valued at more than $1trn and the first to be valued at $2trn two years later.
Powerful branding, lofty stock valuations, and heavy investment in research and development have kept Apple at the forefront of investors’ minds for decades. With more than 1.65 billion products in use worldwide, Apple maintains huge market influence with a loyal customer base. Apple’s research and development budget has ballooned from $1.1bn at the beginning of 2010 to $18.8bn at the beginning of 2020, and continues to increase year-on-year.
Incorporated in 1976, Apple went public in 1980 through an initial public offering (IPO), and its stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
How to invest in Apple stocks: tokenised security method and the traditional online method
Invest in Apple stock with tokenised shares
Tokenised shares allow you to invest in Apple stock in the form of a digital coin, gaining exposure to Apple shares without needing to own the underlying asset. At Currency.com, a tokenised security allows an individual to invest in fractional stocks that are backed by digital tokens stored on the blockchain. Crypto-holders are no longer required to convert their cryptocurrencies into fiat money to be able to trade Apple or any other shares because tokenised shares can be bought with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ether.
You can speculate on the price movement of Apple shares through the tokenised assets available on Currency.com and receive real-time updates via an Apple price chart available on your computer, iOS or Android device.
Step 1: visit the Currency.com trading platform and open an account by completing the two-factor authentication security process.
Step 2: choose how much you want to deposit into your account. It is possible to trade with either crypto or with fiat currency.
Step 3: calculate the value of the position you want to open, or you can calculate the size of the position based on your available capital and the percentage margin. For example, a position of $10,000 would require that you have $500 of available capital when you trade tokenised Apple shares 1:20 (5%).
Step 4: positions are opened using the same approach in place at other investment platforms - i.e. taking a long position if an Apple stock price increase is anticipated, or shorting if there is an expected decline in the Apple share price value.
Step 5: Currency.com links the open Apple stock trading positions between its clients and all unpaired buy or sell orders that are hedged with Capital.com, LMAX Digital or, if needed, with Binance, Bitstamp, Kraken, NASDAQ, NYSE and Gain Capital.
Step 6: you may also consider placing a take profits order or initiate a stop loss order.
The benefits of using tokenised Apple shares
Trading tokenised shares is a convenient online process with few intermediaries. In the world of traditional financial assets, you generally pay for brokerage services to purchase and sell securities. With Currency.com you do not need a broker; you carry out trading operations yourself. You receive regular payments of the interest on company tokens, which is normally every three months but may differ from firm to firm. Early resale on the Currency.com platform offers you the opportunity to resell your tokens at a secondary auction.
Trade tokenised AAPL stocks with a tight market spread, benefit from maker rebates and competitive taker fees.
Experienced traders can trade the world’s top markets with up to 1:20 leverage.
Effective risk management
Manage your risks and secure your profits with stop loss and take profit orders and mitigate any losses with negative balance protection.
Instant order execution
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Depending on the regulatory perimeters in different countries, Currency.com offers different products around digital assets. To help investors trade with confidence, the platform is fitted with robust risk management controls, transparent pricing and extensive financial education content.
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Apple stock trading without the blockchain
In order to buy Apple stock, it is necessary to find a broker that has or can provide access to NASDAQ, the main exchange that the shares are traded on. This is generally considered a longer-term method of investment because Apple stock price valuations fluctuate daily but generally follow a steady price evolution as time progresses.
Step 1: find a suitable online broker
The broker must have access to the exchanges you want to trade on, meaning the broker must hold AAPL shares that are accessible through NASDAQ. The broker must also be fit for purpose, so it is important to note that not all brokers allow every individual to open an account with them, and where some brokers may charge high fees, others may be free.
Step 2: open a brokerage account
This requires confirmation of your identity and background checks. It is where records of the Apple shares will be stored.
Step 3: deposit money to your account
The most common way to deposit money into a personal brokerage account is via bank transfer or using a credit or debit card. At some brokers you make a deposit into your investment account from different electronic wallets, like Paypal.
Step 4: buy Apple shares at the Apple share price
The last step is to purchase the shares. After logging into your online brokerage account and searching for the Apple share, select the number of shares you want to buy, and confirm the transaction, which will then initiate the purchase of shares, also known as executing the buy order.
Step 5: review your position regularly
Follow your investment strategy. If you bought Apple shares to hold them for a longer term, you might participate in the company’s annual meetings and may choose to follow the company’s prospects in the news.
Trade tokenised Apple shares at Currency.com.