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I am well aware of the shit that's likely to stick to my reputation as a result of this thred, but do any other IL*ers (beyond the one I was talking to last night, but by all means, give me backup here) have an active interest in shares, derivatives, spread-betting etc.?

What's your most successful investment? Your least? Got any red-hot tips?

Mark C, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I get shares in part payment for the slave labour I do at work. I don't really know what to do with them, but I keep an eye on how much they're worth. They're telecoms so... not much.

Madchen, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Mark, I daren't go anywhere near spreadbetting, I absolutely love a flutter, I think that would kill me off. I'm great at picking winners, first scorers etc, but only when there's no money riding on it, as soon as the money is handed over to the bookie then my talent becomes useless!

chris, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I hope you don't work for Marconi, Madchen. Last night's TV programme about their downfall was scary.

RickyT, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Mark, given a chance I would LOVE stocks and shares. I got so carried away with PopEx I got a WAP phone especially to check buy/sell outside of regular office hours: then realised it never gets updated for my needs, argh. Sadly I'm lazy and don't devote enough time to analysis and behind the scenes issues which is a chiz. Sometimes I worry myself. Given REAL money I'd no doubt go out and buy some braces and an oversized phone. WHEN i DO PAY ATTENTION (oops) to these things I get FASCINATED. It's A Whole New WURLD of ENTERTAINMENT (and arseholes) HOORAH!

Sarah, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Hoorah! I've only lost £2,000 on the stock market so far, but hey, it's only a loss on paper, right?

Mark C, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

As a dreamy, drifty 6-former with no idea what to do I got sucked into this post A-Level Company Law course, doing all that stocks and shares stuff. It is v. boring, Sarah. V. little of that 'buy! sell!' stuff goes on. It was a bit of an 80s fallacy. All done with computers nowadays.

Will, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

No, thank goodness. Level 3.

Madchen, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

No doubt Will. I think I also like how you need to keep a firm grip on current affairs and their repurcussions and how this will spread throughout the markets or whatever. It's like this odd fantasy world: but too many small print numbers in the times. I liked the bit in the DICE MAN SEQUEL (the only good bit, rest was a load of toss) where they faked the Presidents death for shares purposes and stuff. Heh.

Sarah, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Used to have some interest. Had some stock when I was a wee pre- pubescent lad (in some local bank - stable, they are, sez my pop). Minute puberty hit, I itched for the moolah (to buy stupid shit) and sold my stock @ a loss (about 100 shares @ $6.00 - $2.50 less than what I bought them @). Since, the stock almost hit $40, and now piddles around the $25 mark. D'oh.

Also had a mutual fund for a while - I'd call every night to get the latest updates (and this was only a few years ago). Again, though, itchiness & money troubles "forced" me to cash that in, which turned out to be very smart, since the dotcom fallout was just around the bend.

I also have a 401K plan - I shudder to think how much money I've lost on THAT.

Please note that my family has a history of stock mismanagement - my dad shares of Compaq at $7 (RIGHT BEFORE they got their schwerve on). Sold at $14 - smart move, sez he. Then watches as it rockets up to $86ish; it might've split a few times, too. Either way, he lost tens of thousands of dollars. D'oh.

David Raposa, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Dave, he doubled his money! Smart man - "always leave something for the next guy". He sounds like he made thousands, not lost it.

I've been trading in small oil E&P companies this afternoon (that SO makes me sound less tiny and irrlevant than I am).

Mark C, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I've got shares of Glaxo! GIE US A LOAN MAN!!!

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh, whatever. He bought the stock right before the PC boom. If he had half a brain (and listened to me mudda), he'd have MORE money.

But, see, my glass is half-empty & leaking.

David Raposa, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I have some small amount of family money in a sector fund that has made up for being stagnant for years in the last few months, and a little bit bigger amount of money in an international equity fund that has declined by 40% in the last two years and has resulted in my net return being way negative.

I don't pay any close attention to any of this, though. I've never made a "transaction" or whatever. My father was an economist, and sees himself as some sort of expert manager, so I can't sell everything and buy an xBox and whatever other crap I could get if liquidated the investments. And I barely have any money after hitting the boozer and paying rent, so there's no surplus to invest.

Of course most of my friends who were wealthy on paper during the internet stock bubble are now nearly as broke as me, or worse yet are in debt to some great extent having bought a place to live on expectation of future earnings. It's enough to make me want to hide money in my mattress.

Benjamin, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link burned by a few dot coms and small caps. I find the best strategy for me is pick solid blue chip type companies and dig in for the long term.

Rickster, Thursday, 15 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Can anyone recommend me a stockbroker?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Friday, 7 November 2003 23:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I recommend hstencil.

teeny (teeny), Friday, 7 November 2003 23:39 (seventeen years ago) link

hstencil, will you sell my shares for me? I'm broke.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Friday, 7 November 2003 23:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Okay, I've got a legit question I've been wondering about ... when a company buys out another smaller company whose stock benefits? The buyee or the buyer? Do they both increase and if so, who increases more?

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Friday, 7 November 2003 23:43 (seventeen years ago) link

I think it's good for the buyee.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Friday, 7 November 2003 23:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Depends on the individual buyout, but it generally indicates 1) the buyer has the resources to acquire the buyee, and 2) the buyer thinks the buyee is worth acquiring -- both positives. (, Friday, 7 November 2003 23:48 (seventeen years ago) link

See Sony/Apple! (if you're reading, Sony peeps!)

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Friday, 7 November 2003 23:49 (seventeen years ago) link

Buy Canary Wharf. Now. Seriously.

(Obviously I only write about this shit every day and wouldn't claim to UNDERSTAND it and would never even think about putting my money where my mouth is but hey...)

Matt DC (Matt DC), Friday, 7 November 2003 23:50 (seventeen years ago) link

That's more like it!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Friday, 7 November 2003 23:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Sell your music-industry related stocks. They are going down the pan. (Snoy/BMG, EMI/Time Warner, whatever, no matter what happens it's a catastrophe for all involved. MTV had better start actually PROMOTING ALBUMS AND SINGLES AGAIN, with these things called MUSIC VIDEOS or they're all fucked. You heard it here first.)

I don't actually own shares of Glaxo, that was a joke.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Saturday, 8 November 2003 02:31 (seventeen years ago) link

sorry adaml I really don't wanna work in the financial services industry ever again, if I can help it.

chopped liver, Saturday, 8 November 2003 23:29 (seventeen years ago) link

I think you'd have to be nuts to own stocks up here. The thing's been running since March with no retracement. A 33% move off the lows?? You have to be shitting me. They'll probably run it up to the new year (barring a terrorist attack), but after that, look out below...

Broheems (diamond), Saturday, 8 November 2003 23:34 (seventeen years ago) link

invest in latvia, their bourse is up 140% this year. mergers are meeting with more skepticism, the bank of america announcement to buy whatever bank they are buying caused both stocks to fall because investors were not impressed.

keith (keithmcl), Sunday, 9 November 2003 04:02 (seventeen years ago) link

I love James Cramer's columns in New York magazine.

teeny (teeny), Sunday, 9 November 2003 04:20 (seventeen years ago) link

I have an actual FRIEND, RIGHT HERE IN TOWN, who works for this company called Aeg1s Communications. The friend, knowing little about stocks or finance, failed to inform me that her company, which was planning on being taken private (and the common shares, which were trading under 0.02, being cancelled) was now going to announce being bought out by freaking DEUTCHE BANK and the useless shares would now represent substantial equity in the new entity... anyway on Thursday the shares opened the day @ .016 and were .40 by lunch. On Friday they topped out above .70 before pulling back. SOOO, a savvy trader could have made a quick 3,500% in 1.5 trading days (or turned $1,000 into $35,000) I just watched the whole thing, fuming. My hot pick 4 u is FLMIQ (Fleming) currently trading @ .02

Aaron A., Sunday, 9 November 2003 04:55 (seventeen years ago) link

My 7 expired last month, and I assume my 65 and 63 too. Hurrah, not the place for me. I've applied a shitload of red wine in hopes of eradicating the details of financial markets from my mind. I think Broheems is right-ish, overvalued. It doesn't sound like buying low in Latvia is possible (but I don't know really).

Hunter (Hunter), Sunday, 9 November 2003 05:10 (seventeen years ago) link

five months pass...
google has filed it's IPO papers, stocks to sell via auction to the public this summer/fall. I don't understand any of this but some part of me says it would be a shame to miss out on the chance to buy some of these. So someone explain it all to me.

kyle (akmonday), Thursday, 29 April 2004 21:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Keep this info from the Wall Street Journal in mind:

Most of Google's revenue comes from small text ads that Google sells on its own site, as well as the Web pages of other companies. Advertisers bid for the right to have ads appear each time a user searches for certain keywords or those words appear on the Web site of a Google partner. Across the search industry, advertisers agree to pay an average of roughly 40 cents each time a user clicks on an ad. Rates for some much sought-after terms can go much higher: Google caps them at $50. It says it has more than 150,000 advertisers to such services, ranging from Ford Motor Co. to online retailer Inc.

The advertising is lucrative. Google began selling the ads in 2000, adapting a practice commercialized by Overture Services Inc., now part of Yahoo Inc. Google quickly grabbed a commanding position in search ad sales because of the popularity of its search engine. As a result, the company has been profitable since 2001, company executives say.

Advertisers spent $2.5 billion on ads targeting key search words in 2003, nearly triple the $927 million of ads sold the year before, estimates eMarketer Inc., a New York research firm. Analysts and Web moguls are optimistic about the future of these online ads, because they're focused on users interested in a subject, and so are considered much more effective than banner ads, which are strips of ads appearing alongside the content of Web pages not tied to a specific search.

But many of these same analysts have been wrong before. In the late 1990s, they predicted exponential growth in online advertising, centered on those very banner ads. Instead, amid a broad downturn in ad spending, advertisers turned against banners because of declining consumer response. Online advertising plunged to $6 billion in 2002, from $8.2 billion in 2000, according to eMarketer

El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Thursday, 29 April 2004 21:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Im sure google is also making sweetheart deals to their corporate pals to get in on the ground floor and then theyll sell whatever's leftover after they have sufficiently jacked up the price. this is one of those ipos that are gonna get oversold IMMEDIATELY.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Thursday, 29 April 2004 21:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, kyle, great company but unless you have an account with one of the big boys, your gonna have to buy this one on the open market and it will doubtlessly open up overinflated.

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 29 April 2004 22:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm partial to Jim Cramer, he had a good column on this:

(basically, what broheems said)

teeny (teeny), Friday, 30 April 2004 00:08 (sixteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
I reazlize I may get a lot of flak/silly answers for asking this, but where is the best place/resource for an absolute beginner to learn about investing in stocks and shares? Should I just visit a stockbroker?

Antmusic78 (Antmusic78), Monday, 24 May 2004 17:19 (sixteen years ago) link

do some of your own research first, read the WSJ and some books, and then see a broker.

hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 24 May 2004 17:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Thanks. Any books you might be able to recommend?

Antmusic78 (Antmusic78), Monday, 24 May 2004 17:28 (sixteen years ago) link

not any off-hand, but I can ask around. Also, note that you should take a broker's advice with a grain of salt until you have a solid relationship of trust built with them.

hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 24 May 2004 17:32 (sixteen years ago) link

The Motley Fool ( supposed to be an informative site.

(Disclaimer: All I know about the Motley Fool is that I tried to get a job there last year.) (, Monday, 24 May 2004 18:35 (sixteen years ago) link

it is helpful to an extent. I got a paid membership and never look at it now though. I'm not positive what you get by paying other than access to the forums. It's not the easiest thing to navigate through.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:36 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't think the Fool is all that good, although to be honest, I haven't visited their site in ... gosh, probably at least two years. I wonder if they're still holding all that AOL and AMZN.

I really like Ken Kurson's book. I think it was the first book I read on the subject. Although it's, what, a good 6 years old now. I don't know if it's been revised or anything. But it's a good intro to a lot of financial type stuff (also has lots of info on home-buying and so forth), written in a style definitely geared towards young people without being patronizing.

And of course, the Peter Lynch books are widely regarded as investing classics, though I've never read them.

Broheems (diamond), Monday, 24 May 2004 20:20 (sixteen years ago) link

I love the way Aaron (about 9 posts up) is pissed at his friend for basically not breaching any insider trading rules to his benefit, so he lost out on a huge gain, and they didn't go to jail.


___ (___), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 07:59 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...
does anyone here still give a shit about this topic? because i have some thoughts.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Saturday, 16 September 2006 07:37 (fourteen years ago) link

I'd like to hear them. I've been reading the Wall Street Journal.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Saturday, 16 September 2006 13:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I also think the stock market is totally strange and fascinating.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Saturday, 16 September 2006 13:40 (fourteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
Speaking of strange and fascinating, whoa, the market right now in spite of possible warning signs of a flagging economy.

Most interesting and startling explanation I heard -- Jeremy Siegel was on Marketplace today and said that 49% of the revenue of the S&P companies, essentially the largest American companies, comes from abroad. Holy fuck, if you're rich the world really is flat.

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 02:53 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

jesus christ, the era of 24-hour news and twitchily updated newspaper 'front pages' online has really found its level with this crash. a couple of hours ago the guardian main story was "FTSE rebounds after blah blah blah". i went to the opticians, came back, and now its "FTSE dips in red". what is the fucking point of this minute-by-minute analysis, especially for a non-specialist paper.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Friday, 17 August 2007 11:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Surely there's more point in minute-by-minute analysis for things that are acutely time-sensitive like this? As opposed to, say, 'factory blows up in Stoke, police still don't know anything'.

Not that the Guardian website would exactly be the first point of call for anyone seeking up to date financial information but still...

Matt DC, Friday, 17 August 2007 11:15 (thirteen years ago) link

horse track betting is not a perfect analogy but much closer to the stock market than casino gambling, in that there is a knowledge base and experience that can help you be more successful than the people who come out once a year to the track

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:38 (one week ago) link

Bought stock last week for the first time in my life (outside of a 401k from a past job)

Were you actively managing the 401k holdings ... or was it just one of those things where the company just did it for you? Granted there are certain things you can do in a regular brokerage account that you can't do in a retirement account but ... it's pretty much the same.

sarahell, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 17:15 (one week ago) link

i love having a perishingly small value of stocks and looking at the app and seeing "today's return $0.50"

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 17:44 (one week ago) link

the second best thing i did all year, after Gamestop, was shorting the shit out of TSLA last Friday.

Yerac, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 17:57 (one week ago) link

Were you actively managing the 401k holdings ... or was it just one of those things where the company just did it for you?

I set up the allocations while I was still at the job and have pretty much left it alone. I also used to copy-edit both equity research and bond-ratings research but never invested outside of setting up that allocation (Gen X artist values, lol).

Meanwhile, with those stocks above I’ve gained 10% so far, thanks mostly to Sonos being 30% of my portfolio), even with today’s correction. Two of the four report tomorrow (TJX and Redfin).

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 19:27 (one week ago) link

I generally stay away from retail companies -- "consumer discretionary" -- e.g. TJX -- because of how the economy and capitalism has "evolved" over the past 30+ years, but maybe it's undervalued? idk ... I'm sitting on some commercial real estate companies that at the time I thought were a solid investment, but that was pre-covid.

sarahell, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 19:47 (one week ago) link

TJX was based on going into HomeGoods for the first time last year, and literally anytime I’m in there — no matter the hour or day — at least 10 people are in line for the registers. And Marshall’s as well: never seen one without a line. Which makes me think there might be something about the thrift-store-like scavenging that is an in-person experience that isn’t the same online. (None of this has to do with its current value, and I did read some research, but that was the instinct behind it.)

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 19:54 (one week ago) link

xp to self: but for now, I'm going to hold onto them with the rationale that rich property speculators and the people that make money off of them (e.g. mortgage holding companies) are going to get rewarded by the US Government because our country sucks like that.

sarahell, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 19:55 (one week ago) link

Commercial real estate seems like such an unknown now, as far as how office life is going to change, but assuming the rewards are coming either way makes sense.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 23:00 (one week ago) link

i love having a perishingly small value of stocks and looking at the app and seeing "today's return $0.50"

― himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:44 AM (five hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

up another $2 since this.

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 23:16 (one week ago) link

being flat is better than being down.

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 01:26 (one week ago) link

though I had a few stocks/funds that I had been holding for 5 years or so that were always down that in the past year have gone up for idk law of averages, who knows ... I have no idea what best practices are for when to cut your losses and sell at a loss. Most of my investments have gone up since I purchased them, and I have probably "sold too early" according to people more knowledgeable than me. However, I felt like, "I made enough on this" when I decided to sell.

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:11 (one week ago) link

Which companies do you have the least respect for management's competency that you are bullish on and which companies are you bearish on despite management being on the ball?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:20 (one week ago) link

xpost generally if you are investing, as opposed to trading, in single name stocks or sector funds you should have an idea of why you bought it, what you expect from it and during what time frame. If you have held something for awhile and it hasn't made any gains, would that money be better moved to another opportunity. Like, AAPL has kind of been maxed out since it split but people like it being slow + dividends and are happy to just hold it forever.

If i have sizeable gains and still like the company, I sell enough to cover my cost basis and let the rest ride so at least I don't lose the money I put into it if there is a correction or it just completely dumps. You can always buys it back on a dip if you miss it. There are lots of ways to invest depending on how active you want to be.

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:42 (one week ago) link

If i have sizeable gains and still like the company, I sell enough to cover my cost basis and let the rest ride so at least I don't lose the money I put into it if there is a correction or it just completely dumps. You can always buys it back on a dip if you miss it.

Yeah! that's kinda been my philosophy ... I forget what I bought back ... might have been Intuit. I got nervous about a bubble and about the odds of beating the market so I sold big chunks of some of my profitable stock holdings and put the money in index funds, like everyone on here has in their 401(k)s, and caek demonstrated via complex math that that's where I should put my money.

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:59 (one week ago) link

If you know which stocks are going to go up you should buy those stocks. That’s my ... two cents.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:00 (one week ago) link

I don't buy anything that I don't understand what it is and how they make money. Like a lot of the derivatives and complex stuff and anything related to calls, puts, shorts, margin stuff -- I am not touching that because it's way too easy to fuck it up, and also I see it as "too easy money"

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:02 (one week ago) link

Like buying Apple or Microsoft and holding it and getting dividends reinvested ... that's like, chill, bro

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:03 (one week ago) link

During the GME frenzy I was like “maybe I’ll buy a stock” and I bought some Nintendo stock bc I like Nintendo. And I also bought Vanguard’s tech sector ETF bc I was like I might as well get some extra exposure to that nonsense and a biotech ETF bc companies like Illumina and Thermo acquire like everything remotely promising and it’s all expensive as shit. But that’s like basically my only foray into anything other than the Vanguard target retirement fund.

Canon in Deez (silby), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:05 (one week ago) link

i bought stock in a company awhile back because I thought their abbrev was funny ... like it was an inside joke between me and a few friends ... it's done pretty well!

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:11 (one week ago) link

like, i trade a lot of garbage companies (note: i don't consider GME a garbage company) because most of the market is now full of garbage companies that do stupid price swings because of what happened to the options market last year. I would not recommend that unless you are really bored.

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:17 (one week ago) link

It actually had a decent rating by Schwab and Morningstar -- DOOR

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:20 (one week ago) link

because we used to have a DIY space together, and there was a room, off to the side of the main space that served as a sound booth/gear storage area. One of the members of our co-op felt that it was necessary to write in sharpie in all caps "DOOR" on the door to the room, which was very obviously a door, and did not need additional signage or explanation as to its door-like nature.

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:23 (one week ago) link

basically this guy was really into getting high and labeling things with sharpie in all caps

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:24 (one week ago) link

a pot etf has a stupid ticker, YOLO

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:30 (one week ago) link

lol omg

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:38 (one week ago) link

Ilex Medical Ltd. engages in the import and marketing of medical laboratory equipment and in the development of medical information management software. It operates through the following segments: Medical Laboratory Equipment and Diagnostics Materials, Medical Equipment, and Inhalation Devices. The Medical Laboratory Equipment and Diagnostics Materials segment engages in the marketing, distribution, and sale of laboratory medical equipment and diagnostics products, diagnostics systems, and kits and consumables for the examination of medical laboratories in hospitals. The Medical Equipment segment engages in the import, marketing and distribution of medical equipment and devices in Israel. The Inhalation Devices segment development, manufacture, and marketing of mobile inhalation devices. The company was founded by Moshe Ben Shaul in 1977 and is headquartered in Petach-Tikva, Israel.

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:39 (one week ago) link

we could literally invest in ILX

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:40 (one week ago) link

i have a really dumbass question about the stock market, if the ilx braintrust will induldge me.

i don't do stock market gambling in the wallstreetbets type of vein. i have a few etfs that i put money into and hope will grow in the next 20 or 30 years. but i have looked at penny stocks often and wondered the following: if i see a penny stock that is habitually going up and down, say between 0.40 and 0.60, on a daily/weekly basis, the company looks fine, as in not about to go bankrupt, books look fine, no big news coming out imminently that you can tell that might tank the stock etc. what is to stop someone just doing an order to buy the stock at 0.40 (or below) and then an order to sell at 0.60? i mean other than it not being all that profitable. i guess slippage, your order to sell might not be executed at a profitable price/you might even lose money?

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 21:57 (one week ago) link

yes, people do that regularly as their trading method. It's called scalping. But you have to be certain of the volume (liquidity) esp if there is a huge spread between the bid and ask.


Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 22:56 (one week ago) link

Also, always set limit order if you do this, never market.

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 22:57 (one week ago) link

good to know! will maybe do it with some disposable money for a bit and see how it goes

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:01 (one week ago) link

or just do paper trades. i think there are programs, or literally just write it on paper when you would have executed (no cheating) and figure out if you are good at it.

also, none of this is financial advice, it's just generally what people do when they are figuring out trading before they use real money.

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:20 (one week ago) link

that's a good idea. will try the paper method for a bit and see how i get on. even if that goes well i will literally only be spending very little money on the scalping endeavour, if i bother to do it at all

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:25 (one week ago) link

Anyone have any thoughts on Berkshire Hathaway? It absolutely trounced the S&P for most of its history but over the last 5 years or so has been kind of blah. Is it because Buffet is old and people assume he's the business?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:39 (one week ago) link

apparently I cannot purchase shares of ILX online through ... oh well. I did look into other ILX-adjacent stocks, and found ILATF -- not that we have a subboard for I Love Alcohol Tobacco (and) Firearms

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:41 (one week ago) link

xp. friendship ended with warren buffet

now cathie wood is my best friend

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:42 (one week ago) link

oh no. Cathie is already over. Just kidding, i don't give opinions about whether a stock/etf is good or not but she got a lot of backlash recently for being a trump supporter weirdo biblethumper (the reason it's named ARK).

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:52 (one week ago) link

If her fund becomes full of illiquid tickers, just know it is the lord's path that he chose for her. They did really well last year!

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:54 (one week ago) link

i don't know enough about markets to judge but personally i am kind of weary about anyone with as much faith in tsla

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:54 (one week ago) link

Didn't Musk himself come out like 6 months ago and say "Hey guys, our future earnings can't possibly match these valuations!"

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:55 (one week ago) link

Or maybe it was longer ago

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:56 (one week ago) link

this is not an endorsement at all just an entertaining observation, today Gamestop went from $45 to $169 right now. I love this.

Yerac, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:58 (one week ago) link

So I became an investing Maxxinista (TJX) and their stock is flat/up a little after reporting below-expected earnings (thanks, snow and cold), while Redfin (RDFN) beats whisper numbers and doesn’t have any glaring new downsides but is down a few bucks after hours, and Shopify (SHOP) did a similar thing last week. Learn in’ by the day!

... (Eazy), Thursday, 25 February 2021 00:04 (one week ago) link

I haven't actually picked an individual stock in years. I used to come up with really good ideas and then not hold them for long enough - I'd always panic and sell too early.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 25 February 2021 00:07 (one week ago) link

I now have $4.75 of unrealized gains on ILATF

sarahell, Thursday, 25 February 2021 00:14 (one week ago) link


longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 25 February 2021 00:24 (one week ago) link

most stocks dump after earnings these days. People play the run up and buy short term options and the volatility on the options goes way up and the day after earnings is a let down or just random and options' volatility gets crushed.

Yerac, Thursday, 25 February 2021 00:29 (one week ago) link

The positive thing about that is, if it’s meant to be a medium/long-term investment, there’s an opportunity to buy more at a lower price, if pre-earnings doesn’t end up being an unrepeatable high.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 25 February 2021 03:35 (one week ago) link

listening to a podcast with the ARK head of research, pretty damn interesting tbh. Def taking with a grain of salt as to whether I'm listening to someone who generally has discovered some kind of unconventional thinking secret sauce or just a gladwell-esque storyteller

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 26 February 2021 03:33 (one week ago) link

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