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If you are browsing the internet looking for an investment platform where to buy TikTok shares, look no further. We have bad news: TikTok isn't listed on the stock exchange. Hence, you cannot acquire shares of the popular social media platform.

At the end of this article, we detail some alternatives to invest, considering that TikTok stock is not available.

Who Owns TikTok?

TikTok is owned privately by ByteDance, a Chinese internet technology company headquartered in Beijing.

Founded by Zhang Yiming, Liang Rubo and a team of others in 2012, ByteDance developed the video-sharing social networking services and apps TikTok and its Chinese-specific counterpart Douyin. The company is also the developer of the news platform Toutiao. As of 2022, ByteDance hosts 1 billion monthly active users across all of its platforms.

Investment Alternatives to TikTok

If you are looking to invest in TikTok, then you are looking for Assets related to Social Media and Technology. Here is a list of alternative stocks and ETFs:

  • ETFs: An alternative is to invest in exchange-traded funds or ETFs. In the case of social media and technology, there are endless options, Global X Social Media ETF and VanEck Social Sentiment ETF are the top ones in terms of Social Media, but we also have to mention Invesco QQQ Trust Series, the largest ETF investing in tech stocks.

  • International Tech Stocks: The last alternative is to trade stocks of companies directly or indirectly related to technology and social media. For example, on the shares of Meta, Alphabet (Google's parent company), Baidu, Snapchat or Bumble.

How to Invest in Stocks

  1. Set your investment goals. Whether a long-term investor or a day trader, your plan should detail your profit expectation and the stop-loss level at which you will liquidate the trade.

  2. Choose the Broker that best fits your strategy. The Broker will allow you to buy and sell the Stock. This step is vital; if you open an account with a Broker that you end up unsatisfied with, it will be problematic. Although you may open an account with another, it's better to pick the right Broker straight from scratch.

  3. Open a Trading Account with the Broker. Most Brokers will ask you to upload an ID and proof of residence.

  4. Deposit Funds. Funding alternatives range from credit cards to bank transfers and e-wallets. The available options will depend on each platform. Trading Accounts are available in US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), Pound Sterling (GBP), Swiss Franc (CHF), and Australian Dollar (AUD) as the base currency.

  5. Buy the chosen asset and Apply your Investment Strategy. Once the Broker confirms that your account is funded and ready to trade, it's time to buy the asset and apply your trading strategy.

  6. Review your performance and calibrate the strategy as needed. You can't expect to get it right from the beginning. When investing, especially while you are starting, you will make mistakes. That's a given. Learn from them, improve and twitch your strategy as needed.

However, before you proceed, you must take into account that:

  • Past performance doesn't mean future returns. You will hear stories about that "Trader that made a fortune". Don't assume an investment will continue to do well in the future simply because it's done well in the past.

  • Only invest what you can afford to lose. Make sure to keep your bank balance positive. There is no certainty that it will go well.

  • Don't blindly trust what you read online. People are biased, and even the top financial gurus make mistakes. Learn, investigate and reach your conclusions. Reading financial media will help you take more informed decisions, but do not take it as proven truth.

  • Stay Calm. Financial market volatility is scary, and it is easier to say than to do, but remember that it is hard to take good decisions while anxious. If you are getting too worried about your investments, then you should invest a smaller amount of money.

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