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I Invested In Facebook, Twitter, AMD, And Snap, Made 6.3X—And I Absolutely Hated It

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Writer’s note: So here’s the background. This following post originally appeared on my Biggerpockets.com column. 

Now peep this. I buy and manage real estate for a living. Naturally I’m biased in favor of that asset class, namely because of the lower volatility. As an extension of that bias, I wrote this piece a few months to illustrate why I prefer stock…well, less. 

I saw the stock markets were down. I really didn’t want to buy. But I had to. As Neil Patel told me, “You make money on the buy.” Sure enough, my holdings damn near doubled in a matter of months.

Months after that, Snap’s gone into the toilet, BlackBerry’s on some f*ck sh*t, AMD stopped surging and it’s right back to where I started—HIGHLIGHTING exactly why stocks (from a short-term investor perspective) is something I really don’t love.

Here’s what I wrote April 30 of this year.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I do not like stocks. I really don’t. Granted, for a new investor, it’s a great, free way to get in the asset column with very little money.

And there are many public securities — especially real estate-backed ones — that help you build wealth. But on a macro level, I absolutely hate it.

So, a few weeks ago, the stock market tanked — based on trade tension speculation (or something).

I was looking at the Robinhood dashboard, which shows how the stocks are trending. Everything was red! And you know what they say, when there’s blood in the streets, you buy — right?

So I picked up a couple of common-sense stocks based on what people are using; Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, you know, the tech blue-chippers.

Then some Blackberry ones based on driverless technology they have, and a VR/AI stock with a big market share. (Writer’s note: This was AMD, the hottest stock of the year. Which since has gotten crushed. Shows how smart I was.) Gotta invest in the future, right?

Long story short, the very next trading day I was up 10%. I kept looking every day, more and more disgusted with the volatile nature of these equities — in spite of how I was winning! Less than three weeks later, I am now up a ridiculously disgusting 630% annualized.

And as of today, stocks dropped again. Just based on some speculation about oil. (Or something.) So I’m probably about to make another score when it inevitably re-stabilizes. And it’s absolutely filthy.

Here’s My Problem With Stocks…

Like many business owners, I hate surprises. I don’t even want anyone to throw me a surprise party. And stocks are full of surprises.

I actually did an interview last year explaining why I think real estate investments crush stocks all day.

Bold Biz: Philip Michael

Philip Michael has experience in media, journalism, real estate, entrepreneurship, and more… He shared his experience with #BoldBiz

Posted by BoldTV on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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INFOGRAPHIC: How To Invest Your Money (In 8 Simple Steps)

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Plenty of savers are making do with low rates of return on their deposits—almost eroding the value of their savings. Here’s a guide on how you should invest your money and gain some great returns off it.

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Stock Trading: How to Choose the Best Online Brokers

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Stock trading can be a risky business but done right it is an extremely lucrative investment option which yields excellent returns. It is true that trading is quite intimidating for someone who is new to the market and its ways which gives rise to the need for a good stock broker who can handle the job and ensure that the client gets the best returns possible for the money he or she is investing. But as a new investor it is absolutely important that you choose a very good trading broker. Here are some tips that will help you make that choice better.

Understand your trading needs

Before you even look into the services of a trading broker, it is essential that you are aware of your goals and needs from your stock trading. Firstly, prioritise your investment value, short term and long-term goal, and time that you are willing to spend on your trading in order to figure out where you stand. Now, narrow down on the specific kinds of stock exchange that you are looking into. With the wide variety of options available that you can choose from, it is important to narrow down to the specific field or fields and finally look for brokers who suit your specific needs.

Have a clear talk about trading fees

It is important to have a clear-cut discussion on brokerage fee and commissions that your broker will charge you. Ask about the charges per transaction, basic account charges, account minimums and even reimbursements if and when you choose to part ways so that you can have a proper idea about how much you are about to fork out for your trading. It is a good idea to have the talk beforehand so that you do not get into an arrangement which later becomes financially burdensome for you.

Look up reviews on the broker

You would not buy a new product without checking what its previous users have to say, right? Similarly, look up your prospective brokers No matter how promising or lucrative a broker seems with the terms, make sure you check the reviews by InvestinGoal to ensure that you are actually getting a good deal and not being sweet talked into not a good broker or even worse, being conned of your money.

Ask your questions

Do not be afraid to ask whatever questions that come to your mind before you make a deal. This will help you understand your trading better and thus, to get the absolute best out of your investment. It will also help you uncover any hidden charges, non transparent clauses as well that might have later hindered the desirable growth of your stock.

Give a test run

Ask the broker if you can give a test run of your account, and his technology before you actually invest your hard earned money. Many brokers allow you to create a free account which you can use to test their platform and check out user friendliness, ease of trading, quality of tools etc and thus, make an educated decision.

Getting the right broker is definitely one step towards a good stock trading investment. Therefore, it is very important that you take utmost care in picking the very best broker for your trading needs.

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3 Simple Steps To Build Your Investment Portfolio

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If you’re starting out with planning your investments, chalking out your goals and how you’d like to achieve them is incredibly important. You’ll need to understand what kind of assets you’d like to invest in–be it exotic instruments like private equity or the tried and tested ones like the treasury bonds, ETFs and stocks–and invest right. Here are three key strategies to build your portfolio:

1. Building Wealth Is All About Thinking Rationally (And Smart)

Having the right mindset can play a huge role in how you build your investments. It’s simply not just about strategy. To ditch following the latest fad in the market, you need to be responsible and have a sense of social indifference–coupled with confidence and patience.

2. Invest Like A Cheapskate

If you’re pumping in $150,000 as investment, on which you incur 1% as fees, look out for ways through which you can cut them down.

If you were to cut costs by a little more than a half, that’s saving you at least $1,120 in fees every year. But that’s not it–when this saving is compounded every year, that 1% fee can tally up to a million (if saved, could win you your big ticket to becoming a millionaire!)

3. The KISS (Keep It Simple, Silly) Rule

Funnily enough, most of us think investing your way through millions demands extensive knowledge of financial instruments or strategies. Surprisingly, it’s the simplest of assets that gave the biggest investors their biggest wins. Many successful investors highlight their success to stocks, bonds and other popular alternative investments, patiently held over time.

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