Essentially shares of ownership of companies, stocks are one of the best-known trading assets today. Part of the reason for that is obviously that nearly every country in the world has its own national stock market that receives lots of media coverage. In addition, a large number of ordinary people who otherwise do not trade, own stocks as part of their savings or retirement investment portfolios.
Australian ASIC-regulated forex brokers and other retail-focused brokerages typically offer stocks in the form of CFDs. These come with leverage that can sometimes be significant, although this will be lower with a European ESMA-regulated broker than with an ASIC-regulated broker. In either case, the leverage associated with stock CFDs has made it far easier than before to make meaningful profits from stock trading without having a huge amount of capital available.