Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC) is a multinational organisation specialising in telemedicine. With the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world in 2020 and 2021, the Teladoc platform provided excellent trading opportunities as revenues soared, along with the share price.
This brief guide gives you everything you need to know about buying Teladoc shares from the UK.
About the company
Founded in 2002 by Michael Gorton and Byron Brooks, Teladoc Health has headquarters in Harrison, NY. The company launched its IPO in July 2015, initially listing at US$19 per share and giving the company a market cap of US$758 million.
The company continues to grow, with 2020 revenues increasing 98% year-on-year to US$1.1 billion. Total online visits also increased 156% to 10.6 million.
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Step 1: Pick a broker to trade on
To buy Teladoc shares, you need to sign up for an account with a discount broker. With dozens of brokers chasing after your account, here's what to look for.
With most brokers offering zero commissions on trades for US shares, you can save money and grow a small account fast.
Fractional share trading
A single share of Teladoc costs you around US$150. If you have a small account with a US$300 balance, you'll use 50% of your buying capacity on a single share. That's a risky move. With fractional shares, you can buy 1/10th of a share to reduce your risk while also getting exposure to the price action in Teladoc.
Low account fees
Compare the fees from different brokers by examining their fee schedules. Look for the cost of inactivity fees, transaction fees, and monthly management fees.
Trading on margin
Margin helps you grow your account, but be aware of the risk. With margin trading, there's a chance you could end up losing more than your account balance and having to deposit more money to cover the loss.
Real-time data and charts
Brokers provide you with charts included with your trading platform. However, the price action lags by up to 15 minutes. You'll have to sign up with your broker or a third-party provider for live market data.
Step 2: Fund your trading account
To buy Teladoc shares, you'll need to fund your trading account with US dollars. After depositing your funds with the broker, it might take some time for them to clear so you can actually trade. You need to take this into account with your trading timeline.
Step 3: Decide how much to invest
The stock market is volatile and If a trade goes against you, you could lose everything. Many traders are overconfident when entering the market, which can cause issues if you don't have good risk management. Only trade with funds you can afford to lose.
Step 4: Choose between stock or ETFs
You have two choices when buying Teladoc, buying shares or an ETF. An exchange-traded fund is a financial vehicle containing a selection of shares picked by an asset manager.
This bundled vehicle of equities gives you exposure to price action in Teladoc and other related tech shares in the same sector. It's a great way to spread your risk, although the price action is not as volatile as trading individual shares. Two examples of ETFs that hold Teladoc are ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG) and iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF (IHF).
Step 5: Set up your order
After choosing between a share or ETF, you're ready to place a trade. You'll use one of the following order types for trading share or ETFs.
The market order lets you purchase shares at the next quoted price in the order book. However, there is no guarantee the broker fills your order at this price. If the market is moving fast, you might end up filling at US$155, even if you click the buy button at US$150. The additional US$5 in the transaction is your "slippage."
This order type helps day traders manage risk. In fast-moving markets, the price action is volatile. Limit orders get you into the share at the price you want, with no slippage. However, when markets are extremely volatile and the price is surging, you might not get a fill or only a partial fill on your order.
The stop-limit lets you sell your position automatically at a designated price target. For instance, you buy at US$150, with a price target of US$175. When the price reaches this level, the broker sells your position automatically.
This order type helps new traders manage their downside risk. If you bought at US$150, and the price starts moving against you, the stop loss order liquidates your share automatically when you hit your risk tolerance level. For example, if you set your stop loss at US$140, the broker liquidates your position when the price reaches this level, limiting your loss.
Step 6: Place the order
After deciding on the right order type for your trading strategy, it's time to place your order. Open your trading platform and enter the ticker symbol for Teladoc (TDOC), then complete the fields for your share size, limit order price, and order type. Click buy to execute your trade.
Teladoc shares experience periods of volatility around earnings reports and events in the medical industry. For example, in 2020 the COVID pandemic saw huge growth in its user base, boosting the share. Pay attention to market developments in the tech and healthcare sectors, and watch out for press releases and quarterly earnings reports. Analysts and influential fund managers like Cathie Wood can also move the price.
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