Are you an investor?

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Are you an investor?

Hello,

Am I correct to assume that majority of everyone here is an investor, day trader? Just wondering because the vocabulary that many of you use and understand are investor/economy terms, etc. As for me, I'm not an investor. I have tried out the stock market for a month a year ago. But that is about the only experience I have. So are you a investor or day trader?

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Re: Are you an investor?

We buy farm land, PM's(we hold'em), and farm commodities(we hold those as well)

 

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Re: Are you an investor?
etsan wrote:

Hello,

Am I correct to assume that majority of everyone here is an investor, day trader? Just wondering because the vocabulary that many of you use and understand are investor/economy terms, etc. As for me, I'm not an investor. I have tried out the stock market for a month a year ago. But that is about the only experience I have. So are you a investor or day trader?

Hey etsan -- 

(no hard feelings about my 'bot' speculation, I hope -- none were intended)

I'm not a day trader but I'm on the cusp of beginning a course of study that could lead to such.  I oughta get the ball rolling -- it should take well over a year before I'm able to even consider making trades.  Who knows what the markets will look like in, say, Fall 2011?  >gulp!<

Viva -- Sager

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Re: Are you an investor?
SagerXX wrote:
etsan wrote:

Hello,

Am I correct to assume that majority of everyone here is an investor, day trader? Just wondering because the vocabulary that many of you use and understand are investor/economy terms, etc. As for me, I'm not an investor. I have tried out the stock market for a month a year ago. But that is about the only experience I have. So are you a investor or day trader?

Hey etsan -- 

(no hard feelings about my 'bot' speculation, I hope -- none were intended)

I'm not a day trader but I'm on the cusp of beginning a course of study that could lead to such.  I oughta get the ball rolling -- it should take well over a year before I'm able to even consider making trades.  Who knows what the markets will look like in, say, Fall 2011?  >gulp!<

Viva -- Sager

Hi Sager,

I would like to recommend ThinkorSwim software. I've used it and its pretty neat. Charts, news, up to date stuff. Its very complex for people who don't know those investments terms (like me). But for people who know about those stuff, they can harness the power of the software for sure.

Best,

Etsan

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Re: Are you an investor?

I wouldn't touch the stock market with a barge pole. It's not for the amateur. Erik's explantion of the Friday end spike, in another discussion, provides a perfect explanation of why the markets are more akin to a casino, for the retail investor, and we know that casinos tend to make the money, rather than the punters.

It you don't have tons of money to lose, then I'd say stay away.

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Re: Are you an investor?

Some times you don't have a choice but to be an investor.  We both have money in 401s that have limited investment options and opting out is not really one of them.  We also have a pool of money in the market.  It used to be good financial planning to have investments.  Now it is pure gambling.  There is alot of money to be made as long as you know when to quit and never put in more than you can afford to lose.

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Re: Are you an investor?

The problem is that real (i.e. after inflation) returns on cash are currently negative and this is forcing investors into risk assets. I can't think of anything that is guarenteed to protect your wealth. Gold has already risen a lot, bonds face the real possibility of default (direct or via inflation), property is still sky-high (at least here in the UK) and fine wine has a strange habit of disappearing.

Basically the sands are shifting under you even if you just try to stand still.

 

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