If you are old enough to remember such days, you would not have been involved in any case. Because years ago, long before the internet and software, shares were being traded on local stock exchanges, using nothing more than a phone and stock order sheets. Behind the scenes, traders were drawing up their permutations on which way stocks would go. They needed a lot of information to get that right. It was also a case of ‘not what you know, but who you know’.
Investing in a country like China was unheard of then. In fact, if you showed any admiration for that country, you could have been held liable for some sort of subversion against your own nation. Today, of course, you can invest in the chinese stock market. You can invest in the boards listed in New York and Chicago, USA, too, if you want to. In fact, you pretty much have the pick of most stock exchanges, the major ones, in particular, from around the globe.
And perhaps you know this by now; you can do all of the above online. Qualified or not, this is where most stockbrokers are spending their time. The hurly burly nostalgia of actually being on the floor live when it happens is still prevalent, but it is few and far removed from what is really going on on the stock markets today. The movers and shakers of the business and investment world have sharpened their pencils well in obtaining the best online software trading tools and research material required to seal the next trail of profit.
You can too. It is just a matter of being prudent with what you have to invest and being careful of who or what you are dealing with.