PRIORITY 1 - Stock trading is a complex practice - some study for years to gain a basic competency. However, some also trade stocks casually or as a long term investment which is easy enough to learn at home. The difference between these two types of traders is the level of knowledge they need. There are a number of ways to learn how to trade stocks at different levels and for different competencies. This article outlines ways in which you can learn to trade, whatever your reasons for doing so. Firstly, let's look at the types of trading in a bit more detail.