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Who hear plays the market? It's enough to give you a heart attack lately with the ups and downs.

I did buy some VW (VLKAY) and made 20% on it. Just sold it to cover some other loses though while I still had money on the table.

If you got something you think is worth a look let me hear it. Extra money to spend on the car is always a good thing.
 

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Welcome back Zulu, where ya been?

It has been crazy on the markets the past couple weeks. It should steady itself over the next couple months though. Wish I knew of some good stocks. I've basically been putting the proceeds of any sales of existing stocks in my portfolio towards paying down my car. Bought some Cisco recently though it could take a while till it sees any significant gains.
 

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ARCAF and T are a couple others that I'm dabbling in. MPEL is a day traders dream right now but I think it's going to be a solid stock in the long run.
 

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Invest in India.

2nd fastest growing economy in the world, China is #1, but it's tapped out.

I have stock in Tata Motors (TTM) and I plan to keep it for about 10 years and quadruple my investment. I also just lost a heap of money in an energy finding company (EGYF.PK).

Markets have been rough the past few weeks and I'm in the red for the first time, I wish I had some cash on hand to buy while it's low.

Anybody know anything about FOREX? A friend of mine dabbles and made a lot of money recently, I don't really know how it works.
 

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Man, when I was in college I played a FOREX simulation game during a class in International Finance. I tripled my "fake money" in a period of 2 months. I know if I tried it in real life though I'd get burned. If you really know what's going on and what the trends are you can make a shitload by trading currency forwards.

I don't think China's anywhere near tapped out and the same goes for India. Both countries will continue to grow at or near double digit rates of growth and the total market caps of their stock markets in relation to their GDPs are microscopic when you compare them to the U.S. or other developed countries.

As far as the developed world goes, I'm liking Japan. They really haven't grown much at all in the past decade but they're just now finally coming out of a funk. Inflation is back in the positive which is a huge positive for consumer confidence (people don't have to worry about buying a car today when it will be cheaper to buy a month from now). So far the good news out of Japan hasn't done too much for their markets but it will some day.
 

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even though the lenders are getting hit, as in subprime, I like AHM. It got hit with the other stocks bad news but it only brings their dividends to an insane rate. I'm holding for long term. I used to play alot of options ans even some forex. With all the trading I was lucky to break 20% a year. I rather look for the good dividends or stocks I can write covered calls...
 

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I play some of the Canadian trusts, even with the tax change that might come. To me they are more of an open book as to how they run operations. And I'll stick to AHM as they are mortgage lender and set up as a REIT, so all income flows through, like the trusts......
 

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A good income trust (Canadian version of a Master Limited Partnership) that I own in my portfolio is ARC Energy. It took a hit from $30 to $20 a unit after the tax change was announced, which was when I bought it. Now for my $2000 investment I get $20/month in trust income (12% annual return). It's also a little play on politics. I expect if nothing changes and they do go ahead with the tax change in four years its price will go no lower. The potential to be taxed has already been built into the price when it sunk from $30 to $20 overnight, after the announcement. If however, the energy trust sector is successful in lobbying Ottawa to make an exception for their trusts or if the Liberals come back into power and actually keep their promise (I know this is a stretch...) to scrap the tax it can go back up to the $30, where it was at.
 

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I'm playing one of those stock market games right now too. I'm making the big bucks with Apple and Goodyear stock, and a little Google/TXU Energy. Although the *** that sits near me saw what I bought and just maxed out on Apple stock, and is winning now. I need to find some way to ruin that punk!
 

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Depending on how the market goes the next 2 months, I may or may not be upgrading my car.

Let's pray for a big upswing.
 

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If you're invested globally and the U.S. dollar keeps heading in the same direction you should do well...
 

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I want to play!

What do you guys suggest as a solid first move for a soon to be college grad with not much dough?
 

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Start with a regular (weekly/biweekly/monthly) contribution into a (some) global mutual fund(s) until you have over $5000 accumulated. Then look at individual stocks at a minimum of $1000 per investment (and make sure you can at least buy 4 or 5 different ones to start out to be somewhat diversified). Keep the mutual fund contributions going as your sort of "doorway" to your investment account. This keeps the account growing (regardless of how your stocks do) and you take advantage of averaging your base cost by spreading out the mutual fund purchases (something you can't do with stocks if your monthly purchase is only a few hundred dollars at a time).

A suggestion for a somewhat diversified portfolio would be:
1 financial company (I'm liking Goldman Sachs lately)
1 big high tech (United Technologies, Cisco, Apple are some good ones)
1 resource company (all kinda so-so right now but Encana looks decent)
1 consumer staple (if entering or in a recession) or 1 consumer discretionary (if leaving a recession)
1 high risk, high potential small-cap stock, like a tech start up or something
 
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