Technology has always developed at a fast rate. It’s one of the aspects of tech that has made it such a viable business. New technology comes along very often which helps new aspects of business to thrive. A great example of this is online trading. While it wasn’t seen as viable for a long time, improvements in technology have allowed it to become the most popular method to trade across the world. We’ve looked at some of the tech advancements that have made online trading so popular.

How advances in technology have improved online trading

Increased internet access

This is without a doubt the most important aspect of the rising popularity of online trading. The internet is pretty much available to everyone around the world now. Whether it’s through a cell phone or laptop, internet access is easily accessible. It means that traders can quickly find a broker to trade with. Of course, this has meant that finding the right broker is much harder to do. This is where a site such as AskTraders comes in. By using the internet to create an online hub for trading resources and broker reviews, it has given traders the ability to find the right broker for their needs.

However, it’s not just about finding a broker that internet access has opened the door for. It’s also meant that trading can be carried out at almost any time. Unrestricted internet access means that a trading platform can be loaded up instantly to provide traders with the opportunity to carry out a trade.

Of course, the availability of internet access has played a large part in this, but internet access speeds have also increased significantly. There was a time when internet connections could drop out and even when there was a full signal, the speeds were extremely low. That is not the right environment to be carrying out important trades and as such, online trading wasn’t particularly popular. However, as reliable internet connections became more viable, so did the opportunity to trade online.

Higher quality mobile devices

With mobile devices offering far more to users than ever before, it’s no surprise that online trading has become a viable option on mobile. It means that high-quality devices have had apps developed to specifically provide the ability to carry out online trading.

Almost every broker offers customers the opportunity to download a specific trading platform. These platforms make it extremely simple to carry out trades, but they also ensure that traders can access analytical materials.

Because modern mobile devices have fast internet connections, especially when compared to the mobile internet of old, the platforms offer the ability to carry out trades extremely quickly and easily. Also, with data plans offering affordable internet and home Wi-Fi making it very easy to connect your device when at home, a mobile device can be an all-in-one trading solution.

If your device doesn’t have the storage space or power to use a trading platform app, then all isn’t lost. Because there are so many people that want to trade, brokers have made it more accessible for mobile traders. A mobile browser can operate a trading platform. Although this is not as advanced as the app platform, it still offers the ability to carry out trades in a simple manner. You won’t be able to use the analytical tools, nor will the layout and design be at the same level, but if you’re aware of the trade you want to make, then this will be fine to carry out the task for you.

Faster processors

This is perhaps the biggest innovation that has helped to kickstart the online trading era. Processors are significantly faster now than they have ever been. This means that the processing power that’s available for home computers is more than what the government had available just 20 years ago. This has made a big difference in the world of online trading.

Because there are a lot of algorithms carrying out calculations to use the full range of analytical tools, on top of the different instruments to be traded, it was often difficult for home computers to deal with a trading platform. Modern computers can now handle this with ease. The advent of faster processors being available to home users means that online trading has never been as accessible as now.

iLounge author Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett is a Contributing Editor at iLounge. She has been writing about Apple and technology for over six years. Prior to joining iLounge, Lucy worked as a writer for several online publications.