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    Quote Originally Posted by canadiansportsjunkie View Post
    I have been interested in this for a long time but never pull the trigger as I am fairly young with 2 young kids.

    Is there a good site that lets you learn/play with " fake " money that will keep track of your progress etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by GD View Post
    Been taking a securities course at my school. Starting to learn.

    If you're still in high school and are interested in learning about securities in university take as many applied math and related economics courses as you can. One common mistake students make is taking business courses to learn about investing in securities, these courses can be useful but are not going to help you learn how to choose a basket of stocks, etc.

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    Yah I should've taken first year economics this year but some dumb dumb on this board who's name rhymes with PorthofZortyFine told me to take chemistry instead but I'll just take second year and catch up lol
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    Medical marijuana growers are publicly traded companies who are currently stockpiling product for the coming recreational use laws that will be passed, could be some serious growth there soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadiansportsjunkie View Post
    I have been interested in this for a long time but never pull the trigger as I am fairly young with 2 young kids.

    Is there a good site that lets you learn/play with " fake " money that will keep track of your progress etc
    http://www.questrade.com/trading/free-trial

    But the account only lasts for 30 days, unfortunately. Still a good introduction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spittin View Post
    Medical marijuana growers are publicly traded companies who are currently stockpiling product for the coming recreational use laws that will be passed, could be some serious growth there soon.
    Nice pun. As I said I have done okay with Canopy Growth Corporation which is a company created by the merger between Tweed and Bedrocan. One was the largest medical producer and the other has the best clinical R and D departments, and was the second largest producer I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 43211234 View Post
    Currency risk was a large concern. VXC is not hedged but there are others that are. I was thinking buying some hedged, some non-hedged but I'm not sure yet. That was one of the reasons I didn't purchase my full planned VXC allocation yesterday. I'm thinking of making up the rest of my planned VXC allocation with VI (a hedged all cap developed market excluding north america index) and VUS (hedged total us market).

    But I was also reading some places that it still isn't worth the cost of hedging. I could also maybe buy a big larger percent of VCN (the canadian index).

    Who knows what's right? I'm investing only 10k and I'm 23 so these smaller decisions aren't going to make or break me anyways. More of an introduction and learning experience (not that I don't think I'm making a sound investment).
    You remind me of myself back when I started out...about 20-21 with $10K. Put it in Canadian Tire, a relatively conservative stock and sat on it for several months before I got bored and realized there were more interesting stocks to play with. I think you're starting out too conservative given your age, but hey you gotta start somewhere and I was the same way.

    I think a few years from now you'll look back and say "man I was such a chicken shit starting out with those old man non-volatile ETF investments". Just like what I think when I look back at buying Canadian Tire. But it's a way to get your feet wet. Not saying all ETFs are conservative, just those particular ones are.

    Even looking at something like GoPro (GPRO). It's a fine camera company and it's gone wild. It IPO'd last year at $35, ran all the way up to $100, was around $60-70 during the summer and is down to $15 today (was $20 just three business days ago). Now that's the type of volatility I'm talking about. That's the type of stock I'd recommend for a young guy who can afford to wait things out, especially at $15. GPRO's balance sheet is really strong with $650 million in working capital (short term assets minus liabilities), it's not going to go bankrupt anytime soon even if sales are lousy for Q4.

    Then once you get a year or two under your belt, that's when you can really start researching this obscure penny stock shit like I do. Stay away from shorting though. No matter how many Tim Sykes-clone douchebags are out there saying it's a good idea. All it takes is one KBIO run to destroy you. I posted this in the news thread a while back, but some guy saw his account go from $30K to negative $100K in a few hours shorting KBIO because it went from $2 to $16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nafro View Post
    I'll probably buy 10000 shares of PKK and never think about it again.
    Good choice! It's already up 10% today to 5.5 if you got filled earlier in the day at 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nafro View Post
    Two companies I have bought with some success are (up about 20 and 10 percent respectively) Sandvine (SVC) and Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC). I used to effectively buy and sell ETF's (mostly HNU), but lost my tolerance for the risk. I'm not real sure how I feel about Horizon's BetaPro as a whole.
    Horizon's are the worst. But, even knowing this, I've traded them in the past and would do so in the future. That's how much of an addicted gambler I am, knowingly trading something that I know is horseshit...wait clarification:

    If you LOSE money in the casino, currency trading, sports capping, and the stock market, you're called an addicted gambler.

    If you MAKE money in the casino, currency trading, sports capping, and the stock market, it's called your career. Luckily I belong to that second group (for now).

    That's the difference and that's what all of Wall Street is built upon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadiansportsjunkie View Post
    I have been interested in this for a long time but never pull the trigger as I am fairly young with 2 young kids.

    Is there a good site that lets you learn/play with " fake " money that will keep track of your progress etc
    I see Interactive Brokers ads for "play money" accounts all the time.

    I personally think play money accounts are a big scam. Here's why. The hardest thing about orders is getting them filled. With a stock like AAPL it's not a big problem. But if you're looking to play trade some smaller, less liquid stocks, it gives you a false sense of control. Say you wanted to buy a stock at $10. If the last price was $10, the play money account will fill you because no real-life transaction took place. But if you were to do the trade for real, you might not get filled at $10. There has to be an actual person on the other end willing to sell the stock back to you at $10, regardless of what the last price was.

    I find novices who start off with play money accounts take a while to grasp this concept when starting to trade for real. It may seem like a marginal difference but it does add up.

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    Just got around to actually participating in my school's investopedia game. No idea what I'm doing, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GD View Post
    Just got around to actually participating in my school's investopedia game. No idea what I'm doing, lol.
    Congratulations, you're already 90% of the way to becoming a Wall Street pundit!

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    I feel complimented and scared for society at the same time
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    For anyone interested in data science and trading (you can win money):

    https://www.kaggle.com/c/the-winton-...rket-challenge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick_Pole View Post
    I can already see the conversations happening now:

    Man to his wife: "Honey, let's put all of our money into these two penny stocks called EUO and PKK. Someone called Dick Pole on a baseball message board said these two stocks are going to be big money makers. He sounds like a trustworthy and credible individual."
    Wooooo...I hope someone was listening to this. PKK up to 9 cents from 5 this week after months of being dead and is a hot potato right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick_Pole View Post
    Wooooo...I hope someone was listening to this. PKK up to 9 cents from 5 this week after months of being dead and is a hot potato right now
    But how's EUO doing?

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