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Which 3D printer will be the one sitting on my and everyone else's desk?

I do think that pretty soon everyone will have a 3D printer at home--but which one? I'm looking to invest in a company that makes and/or sells them, but I have never invested on my own before and have no idea how to choose the company that will be the right one. I realize that the stock market is all about speculation and uncertainty, but can someone point me in the right direction so I can at least make an informed decision? I don't have any real life friends who are investors, either, so I turn to your collective wisdom. Thank you!
posted by aimeedee on Apr 29, 2013 - 18 answers

Tell me about investing as a hobby!

I've always had an interest in the stock market and investing but have only given it a small amount of attention. I was recently trying to come up with ideas for a hobby and realized that (a) investing is something I have had a long standing interest in and (b) it's something that people can do as a hobby! What are some resources/guides/books for learning as much as possible about this? [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Feb 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Has your retirement account taken a hit like mine?

I just checked my retirement account. Last year, I lost about 7% of the total after ten years of contributions. Is this happening to everybody? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank on Oct 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Markets are UP, but how did they do that?

Miraculous rally in the final forty five minutes today pushes all stock market indices above their three-year lows. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley all up by ten, twelve percent for the day. Can someone explain how this has happened? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Oct 4, 2011 - 18 answers

How, exactly, is a share price decided or dictated?

Explain to me the stock markets... [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Feb 8, 2011 - 17 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

Nontraditional Investments, like solar cells

Nontraditional Investments: I've heard claims that purchasing solar cells can provide a better return on your investment than stocks. Assuming that's actually the case, what are some other investments that might warrant your money more than investing in the stock market?
posted by sdis on Dec 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Does going with an independent investor hold any hidden risks?

Our Investor is going independent. Anything I should be aware of before following him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 - 2 answers

What if the DOW crashes and there's inflation at the same time?

If you were to follow Robert Prechter's advice that the DOW is headed for a precipitous drop to triple digits, how could you protect your capital from a possible hyperinflation? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Aug 8, 2010 - 26 answers

Chill Wind Blows Through Europe...

So is the Euro currency about to collapse? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Bond, Treasury Bond - Help me find bonds

Need a list of bond, note, and bill symbols - searching online is providing mixed results. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Mar 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Real-time Equities Pricing

Is there a real-time US market data feed better (or at least as good and less expensive) than Yahoo Finance's Market Tracker? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Aug 31, 2009 - 15 answers

Would you guys recommend to buy MOTORS LIQ CO (MTLQQ)?

Can I buy MOTORS LIQ CO (MTLQQ) AKA General Motors stock? If yes, Would you guys recommend to buy the stock? Whatever your answer I need to know the reason. Thank You
posted by omaralarifi on Aug 13, 2009 - 20 answers

Taxes on a Slightly Complicated Stock Market Play

How does one handle the tax situation when frequently buying/selling small stakes of a stock in which you are also holding a long term large stake? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on May 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Simple way to make long term bet on oil

Can anyone explain this website which shows the prices of crude oil options? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Nov 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Should I buy some stock now?

I was wondering if now would be a good time to buy stock in, say, a bank. The theory being buy low and then some years from now, it would be high. I'm talking maybe $1000, such that if I lost it all, while I wouldn't be very happy about it, but it wouldn't break me. I realize you are not a lawyer, or financial analyst, or whatever. I'm looking for any opinion, for or against.
posted by allelopath on Sep 29, 2008 - 16 answers

Where can I learn about the stock market?

I've never had anything to do with the stock market. I would like to learn more about it. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by smeater44 on Sep 28, 2008 - 15 answers

what's the worse that could happen in finances today?

I was listening to public radio this morning and they were talking about the current financial crisis on Wall Street. The expert said, "We will pull through this. America is resilient." That surprised me, as the idea of us not pulling through never occurred to me. But now I'm wondering: what would happen if we didn't "pull through"? As in, explain to me the rock bottom scenario for the United States' current situation and how we get to it. Obviously make it realistic it enough that I can have some really substantial nightmares.
posted by ictow on Sep 19, 2008 - 19 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

Ever been in an investment partnership?

Tell me about your experience with investment partnerships. (Multiple questions inside.) [more inside]
posted by ijoshua on Jan 26, 2008 - 2 answers

Your favorite business/investment teacher/columnist

Who is your favorite investment/business columnist/blogger/guru that you trust because they can think for themselves and teach and not follow the herd? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru on Sep 19, 2007 - 9 answers

The Invisible Hand just picked my pocket

Stock Market Filter: How do stock exchanges like Nasdaq/NYSE figure out (based on supply and demand) what price to assign to a given stock? Its not 'pure' supply and demand. Given a steady volume, prices still oscillate within ranges. How do market makers make their decisions on the oscillation as they search for the most efficient price for a given market? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Aug 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Is the bear already in the house?

I have just spent the afternoon watching stocks around the world decline partially based on sub prime market fallout. My question is how can things be so great when the Fed is handing out stacks of cash to keep things stable (34 Billion USD and counting, not including the international bail out)?
posted by Funmonkey1 on Aug 10, 2007 - 25 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

Where can I find a global network of amateur stock detectives, as used by Christopher Carey of Mark Cuban's http://www.ShareSleuth.com ?

Where can I find a global network of amateur stock detectives, as used by Christopher Carey of Mark Cuban's http://www.ShareSleuth.com ? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru on Dec 28, 2006 - 3 answers

Investing in low cost medical clinics

How can I invest in low-cost medical clinics like RediClinic, CheckUps and Take Care? These are clinics that are inside drugstores and Wal-Mart and Target. I've visited their websites and searched in Google but they do not seem to be listed on any stock exchanges.
posted by toreo on Oct 6, 2006 - 3 answers

Credit card checks for stockmarket?

I got a few credit card checks with 2% APR until April 07. Should I use them to invest in the stock market? [more inside]
posted by monkeycool on Sep 3, 2006 - 38 answers

Simulated stock market games.

I've been fascinated for a while with stiff like tradesports.com and the ill-fated DARPA terrorism futures market, and got to thinking about building a fake, toy futures market. There are systems out there that simulate markets, but they're either simple portfolio charters or they have randomly wobbling shares. I'm much more interested in valuations created by groups of users gaming on the outcome of real events.

Ideally, as I'm very lazy, someone will have written one of these already, but I've googled away and had no joy. It could be me not knowing the lingo used to describe these things.

Failing this can anybody recommend a framework to work within? I'm thinking of something (probably the usual php/mysql) with e-mail/users/password recovery etc. built in for me to start from. Maybe the toy market would be best developed as a plug in to something? [more inside]
posted by Flat Feet Pete on Mar 28, 2004 - 5 answers

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