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Stock investment for greenhorns

My mom wants to invest $5K (which she could afford to lose) in possibly high-return, but also possibly high-risk, sectors of the stock market. She's asked me to do the research and manage the investment. I'm interested, but I don't know much about investing in stocks, so I want to proceed cautiously. How do I educate myself about this field? What are some specific sectors to research? What red flags should I be looking for? What about the practicalities, e.g. choosing an online broker? Or is this just a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by zeri on May 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Fantasy Stock Software

Help me create a fantasy stock account - offline solutions preferred. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 answers

I want a share of the (Australian) share market

What are some good online information sources for investing in the Australian share market. Looking for all options be they paid or unpaid, blogs, discussion boards, newsletters etc. I have an advisor but I am looking to check his advice as well as develop my own sense of what constitutes a good investment. Google is giving me too many options.
posted by MT on Feb 28, 2014 - 1 answer

Where have all the losers gone?

How do I get a daily mid-day email with stock market movers? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 30, 2013 - 5 answers

SEC staffing

Does the US Securities & Exchange Commission have computer scientists on staff who can parse trading algorithms? Or is its staff primarily lawyers and accountants? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Apr 25, 2013 - 8 answers

How does one cash in on the capsicum craze?

Supposing one wanted to cash in on the growing popularity of hot sauce, chiles, hot peppers etc...where should one look to invest? Which companies selling peppers, hot sauces and other fiery foods are publicly traded? Aside from stocks, how else might one invest in the pepper market?
posted by mds35 on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for a good, accessible book about the stock market.

Posting for my sister. Can anyone recommend a good book about the stock market for a smart beginner and layperson?
posted by orange swan on Jan 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Is this a get micro-rich in micro-seconds scheme or something more?

Can high frequency trading be justified on any social benefit grounds or other orthodox market theory? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Aug 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Why is stock price related to company earnings? No really.

So I completely understand that prices of stocks, like anything in a market, arise from supply and demand. But at the end of the day, why does demand for a stock increase when a company's earnings increase? How does holding the stock of a company whose earnings have increased since purchase benefit a stockholder? It can't purely be that I care about earnings because I know everyone else cares about earnings because they know everyone else cares about earnings... can it? What is the ultimate source of this caring about earnings? If dividends were more common, I could understand all this as a jockeying for a good deal on a dividend. But as it is, it sounds no different than betting on a never-ending horse race with earnings arbitrarily picked as the indicator of which horse is in the lead.
posted by the jam on Feb 26, 2012 - 24 answers

I need to find a better place for money than my mattress.

What's the best place for an American to invest around US$50,000 at this time? [more inside]
posted by 5ean on Oct 1, 2011 - 34 answers

Based on my eyes and a hunch I conclude these two variables are statistically different?

How can I test if one predictor variable in a regression is significantly better than another predictor variable? i.e. If I regress X against A I get an r^2 of .99 and when I regress X against B I get .98. I need a test to see whether this difference is statistically significant. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Sep 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Automated trading API?

Single-user programming API for stock and option screening, back trading, paper trading, and ultimately fully automated trading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Can a teacher be a trader?

Should a teacher with summers off and a little bit of savings mess with the Day Trading system to try and make some extra bones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2011 - 33 answers

College student new to the world of investing...

Should I go with the stock market? Or perhaps something less risky such as a CD? How much knowledge do I need to thrive in the stock market? Halp! [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Feb 5, 2011 - 24 answers

Stock Market craziness

StockmarketNOOBfilter. A company issues direct shares of common stock to institutional investors at 20% below previous day price - good or bad for the investor who already owns that stock? [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Dec 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Finance lectures

Free online videos/courses to explain financial markets in general, the American stock market in particular? I've found and have started watching this lecture series by Robert Shiller. Do you know of others? Even more basic would be nice - explanations of P/E ratios, shorting stocks, contracts, etc. Not interested in written resources - have plenty of those. Looking for more interactive displays, with a preference for academic lectures.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Nov 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me understand economics!

I was watching The Social Network yesterday when I realised that I don't know a thing about how economics work. What is stock dilution? What's a subprime? What are they selling in the stock market? Where can I find a simple, for-dummies guide to understanding modern economics? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Oct 29, 2010 - 18 answers

What stock news sites would Burton Malkiel read?

Stock commentary for the defensive investor? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Oct 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Investing on (Great) Wall Street

Are there any online fantasy stock market simulations that let you invest in international stocks? Or, if not, Asian stocks? I currently use Vritual Stock Exchange, which is limited to NYSE stocks.
posted by dkleinst on Aug 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Stable hot stocks.

Smarty-pants MeFite investment gurus: Can you list a few of your favorite stocks or investments that, given a continued rebound in the economy, should see solid gains in the medium term? What are the positive attributes of these companies or investments that make you think so?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Mar 3, 2010 - 18 answers

Television advertisement showing the stock market as a frenzied sideshow

Saw a television ad several years ago with fantastic art direction depicting the stock market as a circus or similar frenzy of colorful, somewhat frightening characters. Can anyone help me track it down? [more inside]
posted by drdanger on Oct 12, 2009 - 0 answers

I want TO HAVE bought stock!

Is there a stock market simulator that would let me "buy" stock at an arbitrary in the past and watch how that purchase would have affected my portfolio? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Apr 19, 2009 - 4 answers

How to make a bet on interest rates

How do I, as a small investor in Canada, make a bet, (preferably leveraged) as to what interest rates are going to be in 5 years? [more inside]
posted by thenormshow on Apr 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Dump that Stock!

Stock market related questions-- help me drown in data! [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Dec 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Help Me Make My Paper Dress Last

What is the best way to attach newsprint to a dress to insure reasonable longevity? [more inside]
posted by thivaia on Oct 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Financial crisis blog recommendations?

Recommend any financial crisis blogs written by people who are following all the relevant indicators, or by people involved in the finance industry, who are trying to make sense of the market and economy?
posted by vizsla on Oct 9, 2008 - 12 answers

Buying Low?

Stock market investment filter: Buying opportunities? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Oct 9, 2008 - 21 answers

Difference between the Canadian and American Markets Relative to Their Economies.

On the Financial crisis: If the Canadian economy is in a stronger state than the American economy then why is the TSX posting larger point and percentage losses than the Dow and Nasdaq? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Oct 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Should I jump ship from my Vanguard mutual funds account?

Should I pull my money out of the stock market? I'm pretty clueless. [more inside]
posted by metamush on Sep 16, 2008 - 29 answers

Credible returns on investment in virtual world finance?

Anybody have experience in investing in virtual world banks/businesses/markets (such as those in SecondLife.com etc)? Do they provide a serious way of making a sensible risk/reward on five or six figure investments? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Aug 12, 2008 - 22 answers

Resource for evaluating past stock recommendations?

Is there anyone (especially online) who's collected reasonably well-informed stock picks from, say, 2, 5, or 15 years ago and explained why the recommendations did or did not work out? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Jul 21, 2008 - 5 answers

VTIVX FOF FTW?

What, if anything, is a "Target Retirement" fund like VTIVX missing? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jun 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Liquidating an estate in the USA... in today's economy. Shouldn't we just wait a while?

How should we handle liquidating assets in an estate in the USA right now? Assets consist primarily of a stock portfolio and a house. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2008 - 17 answers

Is an index fund really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

InvestingFilter: Is there anything inherently flawed about investing in index funds? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 18, 2008 - 24 answers

When do we abandon the stock market (for investing)?

So, we're in a recession. At what point should we pull our investments out of the stock market? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Apr 25, 2008 - 30 answers

Buy Low, Sell High

Does anyone have any recommendations for any fantasy stock market games online? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Mar 31, 2008 - 11 answers

How Can the U.S Economy *not* Fail?

How Can the Economy not Fail? Given the debt each of us owes (what, something like $150,000 each?), rising oil costs, cpi going up, infrastructure moved out, failed dollar, failing banks, etc. etc... [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso on Mar 22, 2008 - 32 answers

Lifestyle changes post modern day 1929-style market crash?

If the stock market were to completely crash this year, how would the effects differ from 1929? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso on Jan 8, 2008 - 16 answers

Is silver a good investment?

With the US economy apparently getting ready to go 'foom!', a friend of mine has become very excited about silver as an investment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2007 - 31 answers

I can't get into the O: drive!

I work for a world-wide electronics manufacturer--OEM, medical devices, design, test, etc. [more inside]
posted by wafaa on Nov 8, 2007 - 2 answers

Stock market simulator

Is there a good simulator for playing the stock market with imaginary money? [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion on Sep 23, 2007 - 11 answers

Computers were meant to do this kind of thing.

How can a non-programmer automate their stock market screening and timing process? (semi-long explanation inside.) [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Sep 18, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me leverage my ability to pick failing companies.

Help me leverage my ability to pick failing companies. [more inside]
posted by Ryvar on Jun 4, 2007 - 13 answers

My money is doing nothing more than 80% of the time!

Since the stock market is only active from 9:30-4 M-F, (less than 20% of the hours in the week, and even less of the year because of holidays), is it possible to sell at the end of the day and plop the money into a savings account, and then buy again on the beginning of the next day? If not, what prevents this from happening? Is it just fees? Would be an easy way to make an extra 4%/year from interest.
posted by tasty on May 27, 2007 - 17 answers

'Ethical' funds?

How ethical are Ethical Funds? After meeting with an SRI adviser and perusing the literature, I'm not so sure. [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole on May 20, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me pinpoint a day in the early 2000s.

Help me pinpoint a day in the early 2000s. [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Jan 26, 2007 - 31 answers

Why do stock exchanges still close?

Why do stock exchanges still close? It's nice for the traders to get some time off, but in this modern age where you no longer have to stand on the floor shouting at people, is it still necessary? Does it have some economic function?
posted by fvw on Oct 16, 2006 - 18 answers

For surely nobody would charge $3000 for a set of MA lines you could get for free...

I need a replacement for day trading program WizeTrade for my mother. Neither of us know anything about the day trading scene. [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Sep 26, 2006 - 8 answers

How does one pick stocks?

I'm seeking advice on and a short term investment strategy that won't offend Grandad. [more inside]
posted by godawful on Apr 25, 2006 - 41 answers

Stock buy manipulation?

How easy is it for stockbrokers to manipulate the buy prices of shares on market orders placed through them? [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Mar 3, 2006 - 11 answers

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