Because the Internet is a primary resource for most investors to track securities, research potential buys and sell and make trades, the number of Internet sites offering real-time market data has greatly increased. In the past, up-to-the-minute data was mainly used by professional investors while individuals interested in the service had to pay a high premium. However, real-time and almost-real-time data is now a necessity for those who wish to stay competitive in the investing game. Many sites now offer these services for free or at a reasonable price.
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