OP kicked off this thread good. Solid links to solid sites and its good he specified which way they 'lean' .. You'll learn in the investment world.. bias hurts you.. So, it's good to know where people are generally coming from w/ commentary.. get commentary from all sides/views.. mash it together and form your own unbiased via. Being emo/biased hurts you in making $$$.
Have been trading on the side since 07'. As I kept thinking to myself this shit is going to go bust, I started out shorting (betting they were going to go down)banks/housing stocks . Some of my profits were eaten up when things reversed but then I started going long (betting they were going to go up) banks/housing/everything under the sun.
I now trade all sorts of stuff :
> Energy / Commodities / Bio firms / solar (BP/MCP/SZYM/FSLR)
> Telecom (T/VZ) - Both of these cats win from all these ninjas buying smart phones...
> REITS (AGNC/NLY)
> Tech (social media) : YLP/FB/LNKD (yelp - facebook - Linked in)
> Tech : TSLA/INTC
I also trade options when necessary
I've seen the ups and downs.. Now the market is sideways and risky as fuck.
Buy low sell high.. sure but its not always goign to work out that way...
Someone made sound advice about IPO's... keep your eye out .. However, they're risky for a reason.
Big Reward = Big risk
If something seems obvious to you, it's obvious to everyone else and the market doesn't tend to pay out the majority (view)
Information .. namely the timeliness of it is important. If it's obvious Apple is releasing a product on date X and they inform people on date Y .. you're going to see the 'potential' of the product priced in by Date Y.. By the time its on the front page of the news paper, it's too late to trade it.. it's likely already been 'priced in'
American Economy is in shambles to be honest w/ you. Why is the market playing on all time highs? well, that's because the federal reserve is printing ~80-100 billion a month stabilizing it.. Banks get it.. trade markets... make tons of money
In essence, the markets are currently depending a lot on the govt./federal reserves constant racking of debt... It's not a good look and will end in tears soon.
Lots of the top companies are already priced at their top ranges.. That goes against buying low and selling high.. So, be careful stepping in the game now. Go look at 06/07/08', we are likely heading towards that.
That being said, if you're willing to take the risk, do the work and research and you have capital... : 10k or something.. step in the game. start slow .. research and learn the game. But do plan on at least playing w/ 30k eventually .. it's a waste of time and effort otherwise.. the bigger your pool of cash, the bigger the absolute returns...
5% of $1,000 is : $50
5% of $10,000 is : $500
5% of $100,000 is : $5,000
k, you get the point...
Put on training wheels .. learn the game w/ small stacks but plan on having bigger stacks if you start putting a good amnt of time in...
Markets are a place to multiply capital you already have.. so you need capital .. a good amnt to make it worth it long term.
Tons of ways to make money in life.. Don't think markets are the end all be all.. Markets don't just hand you money .. they multiply what you already have.. so first, you need to : GET money
America = capitalism.. When AT&T screws you over as a customer, shareholders benefit.. Most corps screw people.. So, you're gonna want to get their stock and participate in the spoils of that screw job.. that's america. If you're not a part of it, you're a victim w/ no benefits.. that side piece who gets used and told to you can't sleep over the night...
You're tax dollars and govt. policy benefit corporation... Democrats/Republicans.. they all fuck people over.. Black/white.. they don't care about you ninjas. They're powerful and monied and you're not.. Why is this important?
Lets take some examples..
BP oil disaster hits.. Stock gets slammed :
Alright .. so you wait a bit.. k, BP is to blame.. k, they are gonna contain it.. containment costs low.. disaster damage price unknown.. who is going to exact that disaster damage cost? US govt... Alright, so pause my ninja.. I just said US govt benefits corps and are always looking out for em... So, how do you play this.. wait till the media makes it seem like the govt is gonna rip em a new one.. But remember : govt is not... So, max fear, you buy BP on the low.. Boom.. you get them at like 30/31 .. Stock is back up to 41.. US govt gave em a slap on wrist...
Obeezy care :
Now I know what you're thinking.. black president.. democrat .. he's gonna help all the poor people.. nah ninja, he's going to say one thing and do another..So what does an investor do? Buy the fear.. Fear (which is a lie) : healthcare companies are screwed... Reality : they are going to be making shit tons off this... So you buy some UHC .. some cigna.. some CVS (that's where poor peeps now go for general physician services).. You bank nigga..
Govt (federal reserve) :
Printing 80-100 billion a month to prop up govt. debt via bond market.. thus bond rates gonna sink.. you bet that..
You buy some reits as they leverage low rate govt. money to buy up MBS.. and the feds are backing MBS ..
Ninja, you're their product... and you're free.. you give them all your info daily.. info is $$.. they sell that shit to marketers . who then use that info and manipulate you to buy more shit you dont need.. making corps more rich and you more poor.. Perfect investment? Why, ninjas love upping themselves.. people love the idea of making their lives out to be something its not... Time is money and ninjas spends lots on these sites.. boom, buy em all .. were talking 120%+ returns on the investment avg between these. .. your $10k just turned into $22k
All sorts of examples.. you gotta see opportunity and strike .. and have conviction in markets
But remember .. you need capital first and right now shit is tough in markets.. I am getting ready to start betting on it dropping.. Americas becoming broke.. Democrats and Republicans both are running up debt like drunk fucks... 40 million+ americans on welfare/food stamps? unemployed? These ninjas are trying to pass bills to give 10-12 million illegal immigrants amnesty.. you know, taking jobs from some of the most disadvantaged people in America and driving it lower..
Obeezy is meanwhile pushing obamacare which has resulted in people getting laid off by the truckloads.. increasing healthcare costs.. causing employers to reduce people from fulltime to part time.. from partime 38 hours to 20...
This nigga don't care about yall.. He's part of a different world man...
Educated? Well ninja, they are attacking educated jobs w/ more supply to .. in order to run down labor costs.. you increase supply .. So they lie : http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/study-there-may-not-be-a-shortage-of-american-stem-graduates-after-all/2013/04/24/66099962-acea-11e2-a8b9-2a63d75b5459_story.html
And then the corps. use lobby groups to get more H1b-visas.. :http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/29/tech-companies-lobbying-immigration-facebook-family-visas/2121179/
(Oh shit its Zuckerberg) ... $$$$$
Markets for me were a wakeup call.. I got into them by chance when I started researching how the American economy works.. It's a place where the spoils of all the looting and corruption go. There's legit companies doing their thing too.. and the spoils end up in markets.
So markets/economy... that's where the power brokers of the world are. That's where that gap between the rich and poor form... While certain ninjas (A) are out compounding the decrease of their money : spending their paychecks on stupid shit + racking up credit card debt w/ interest .. Other ninjas (B) are out compounding the increase of their money via investing in the corps that Ninja (A) is being useless shit from.
Most ninjas have been at the bottom of the food chain throughout human history w/ just a few on top.
Which one are you gonna be?
It's the circle of life.
In closing though : Money doesn't buy happiness .. Some of the richest niggas in the world are some of the most lonely unhappy ninjas... That being said, being broke isn't fun either. Find a good balance and find good ways to make $$ ez... Are you gonna be in the A/C clicking buy/sell or working countless hours for another ninja? Do both ... until you can do your own thing.
Get your balance right, live life, and GET THAT MONEY