Investopedia Simulation Assingment

Investopedia Simulation Assingment - Comm 200 Investopedia...

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Comm 200 Investopedia Simulation Assignment Alex Quzor Username: [email protected] 10022068 Password: Q11181991 Section 003 Executive Summary: The Investopedia Stock Simulation program was an invaluable experience for me as my first active involvement in the stock market. Prior to the simulation I was quite familiar with the basic fundamentals of how the market works, although I had never invested in any company. In the beginning of the simulation my first goals in deciding where to invest my money in were to find a few companies that had relatively stable share value histories. From there, with some of my money in safer, less volatile companies, I looked at other companies with high risk/reward potential. As the simulation continued my trading techniques did not deviate too much from my original plan, but my information gathering certainly did. In companies that I had done well, but were in a bit of a low period in terms of share value, I chose to purchase during this time when I thought the share value had bottomed out would soon begin to rise. My strategy in the Toronto Stock Exchange portfolio was slightly different since I was not as familiar with the companies traded on it. Thus I was more conservative and invested a higher percentage of my money in less risky, stable companies. Early on in the simulation, my research methods were mostly doing web research on industries that I believed were on the rise and which companies in those industries were poised to
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have high profits and stock value. My main tools though, were Google Finance and quarterly reports and financial statements released by companies. In the end I was not as successful as I had hoped. My American portfolio did quite well and was bolstered by companies such as Tesla Motors Inc., Facebook Inc., and Expedia Inc. However it was hurt by a few technology and mining companies that I thought would be more stable. My TSX portfolio did not do well at all and I ended the simulation with a loss in that portfolio. Rogers Communications Inc. was the only real bright spot for me on the TSX and WestJet Airlines Ltd hurt my portfolio value badly. From the simulation as a whole, even though I was not as successful as I would have hoped, learning how to do proper research before investing and finding the most valuable predictors of future share growth was invaluable to me and will carry over into the future when I invest my own money.
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  • Spring '08
  • Google Inc., Google Finance

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