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poochie
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Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
I’ve got a few $K that I’d like to use to open up a stock trading account but I don’t know where to start (other than creating an account). I’m not looking to make a ton of money (well, yes I am) but I’d like to at least stay in the green and grow it a little. What’s the best way to get started? What are some good books to read on this?

Note: I have fully funded retirement plans so this is just "on the side"...


Titan
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
First off if you think someone has the magic answer, you will be sadly mistaken. No one has a crystal ball and can predict the future. Start with Etrade and learn to put stop loss orders on your investments so you dont lose your ass.


TexasTiger89
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
Etrade


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deSandman
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
I'd suggest messing around on Loyal3.com first.

There are no commissions and its limited to mostly good stock choices, so in the future when you realize that you probably had no business playing around with individual stocks the damage will be minimal and you probably will have made some money. Unlike if you mess around on etrade with penny stocks or try to be a day trader.

As a bonus, you can buy with a credit card, so you can get some credit card reward points while you're at it.
This post was edited on 6/25 at 6:26 pm


bayoubengals88
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I'd suggest messing around on Loyal3.com first.

There are no commissions and its limited to mostly good stock choices, so in the future when you realize that you probably had no business playing around with individual stocks the damage will be minimal and you probably will have made some money. Unlike if you mess around on etrade with penny stocks or try to be a day trader.

As a bonus, you can buy with a credit card, so you can get some credit card reward points while you're at it.



This. They've got a few good ones with dividends on there too.

INTC, KO, PEP, DPS, UL, TGT, YUM, MCD, and SBUX

You can hardly go wrong by setting up a monthly account with one (or more) of the above...even if its just $100/month.

Think of it as a savings account that pays you A TON of interest. That's basically what you'll get with Coca Cola.
This post was edited on 6/25 at 8:17 pm


Breesus
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
So what's a good amount to start with if i want to mess around on etrade just for fun/ learning experience. Can i do i with a couple hundred dollars or is it not worth it unless i invest a couple thousand?


LSUFanHouston
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
When I was younger and just starting out, I had an account with a company called Sharebuilder. There was no minimum and you could purchase and sell in whole dollar denominations (i.e. you could buy and sell fractional shares). There was a decent trade fee, so you would want to buy and hold.

Was a good way to learn about stocks without throwing a lot of money at it.


Breesus
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There was a decent trade fee, so you would want to buy and hold.



I dont want to do that though. I'd like to put like $500 in somewhere and have some fun trading with it. Ive got some free time during the week and i think it'd be interesting.


kennypowers816
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
That's going to be difficult. Commissions will eat you up pretty quick. For example, scottrade is $7 buy and $7 sell.

That's already a 2.8% loss on your total $500 for every stock that you trade.

I would wait till you have more money or actually look to invest it (buy and hold) as opposed to trade it.


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deSandman
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
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I dont want to do that though. I'd like to put like $500 in somewhere and have some fun trading with it. Ive got some free time during the week and i think it'd be interesting.


What do you mean by "have fun trading with it"?
If you are talking about trying to pick random stocks to buy and then sell over a short period of time, or playing around with options and the like, my advice is to just take half of the money you were thinking about using, light it on fire, and then call it a win.

I was lucky enough to buy and hold on to enough AAPL and APC to more than offset my dumbassery, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it as a financial strategy.

For a beginner, I would recommend either a) buying from the commission free funds of whatever service you sign up with or b) using Loyal3.

Otherwise you are constantly going to think you know more than you actually do and eventually get burned. Using either of those plans, you will minimize your losses while getting decent exposure to how things work.
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kennypowers816
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
I generally agree. I'd rather just take the $500 to the casino personally. You might have better odds.


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LSUFanHouston
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
Our firm had a meeting this morning with our financial advisor (we have a legally-seperate registered investment advisory firm) where they went over 401(k) options as we are switching platforms.

He presented a slide, that showed the average return, by asset classes (Small cap, large cap, etc) for I think 8 or so classes over the last 20 years. Then he showed the "average investor" return for the last 20 years.

The slide was titled "behavioral impacts on annual returns". All 8 asset classes had higher annual returns than the "average investor".

Meaning - thinking you can play around and beat the market... it generally does not work that way.

Sounds like you want to day trade. Here is what I would do. Take the amount of money you have, and put it in a solid investment fund.

Then go sign up for one of the investing simulators, and play around all you want on that.
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bayoubengals88
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
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I dont want to do that though. I'd like to put like $500 in somewhere and have some fun trading with it. Ive got some free time during the week and i think it'd be interesting.


So you're obviously not into building wealth slowly by consistently throwing $200 into Coca Cola or some kind of fund.

Sure, go ahead and throw your $500 into a brokerage account.
I use TradeKing ($4.95 per trade)

Just make sure to let us know how it goes!
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TheHiddenFlask
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Think of it as a savings account that pays you A TON of interest. That's basically what you'll get with Coca Cola.


I hate you.


tirebiter
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
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The slide was titled "behavioral impacts on annual returns". All 8 asset classes had higher annual returns than the "average investor".

Meaning - thinking you can play around and beat the market... it generally does not work that way.


The "average investor" returns are most likely not due to active trading. It's due to terrible behavioral decisions and having a poor investment plan, or none at all. They invest in hot stocks and funds after outperformance occurs, generating lower future returns and tend to make terrible decisions in down markets and re-entering after the market has generated significant gains or not at all.


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kennypowers816
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bayoubengals88
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I hate you.

I'm not intelligent enough to know why, though I have a couple of guesses.


poochie
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Houma, la
Member since Apr 2007
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re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
Fwiw, I "bought" $200 worth of shares in the last 8 stocks listed in the penny stock thread yesterday and am "up" $500.


bayoubengals88
Wisconsin Fan
LA
Member since Sep 2007
12170 posts

re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
I bet your funds haven't even been cleared yet to trade


poochie
LSU Fan
Houma, la
Member since Apr 2007
4265 posts

re: Let’s talk about beginner stock trading
That's why I put " ".

I just said let's see what would happen if I bought $200 worth of these. I made a portfolio on yahoo.


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