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Sign up for a free account through an online brokerage firm such as Etrade.com or Scottrade.com. These companies will allow you to manage your own stock portfolio, all while charging a minimum payment per trade. You can sign up by connecting to the site and clicking "Open an Account." Follow the prompts to complete the setup.
Attach a bank account to your online brokerage account. You will need to do this so you can transfer money into the account and purchase stock. Typically when you are creating your account, you will be asked for your banking information, which consists of your routing number and account number. The site is secure, so the chances of someone stealing your information from this are slim to none.
Transfer money into the account. This may take one or two business days
before it appears in your available funds. The money will not be transferred until the online brokerage company knows the money is actually there.
Log into your online brokerage firm account and type the code "AAPL" into the ticker search. This will pull up the real time trading price of Apple stock.
Press the button "Buy" and you will be taken to a new page. From here you will need to select either the amount of stocks you would like to buy, or the amount of money you would like to spend on the stock. Submit the information and agree to the trade. The offer will now be sent and in a moment or two you will be informed about whether your trade was accepted or not. If it was, then you will now be the proud owner of Apple stock purchased online.