Investing Experiment: 06/30/2016

My choices are doing very well lately. Ever since my ranking bounced up in the middle of June, it has been steadily climbing higher. When I learned that the UK had voted to leave the European Union, I was worried about how the market would be affected. However, since I have very basic knowledge about companies, there was little I could do besides reading random articles about what people predict will happen. I figured this was it, my stock picks are going to go down in value now.

In hindsight, I realize that I did not need to worry as much as I did because my portfolio focuses on companies in the United States. Therefore, they would not be affected as quickly as stocks overseas. Granted, I still need to worry because businesses and other investors are adjusting themselves as policies and relationships change between countries. I expect my portfolio’s value to fluctuate with each new piece of news. Until then, I will treasure the sight of having an account value of $10,423.45 and a rank of 181.

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Previous update: 06/15/2016
Next update: 07/25/2016

Investing Experiment: 06/15/2016

I have been very lucky this week. My ranking has remained high thanks to the market going up lately, so my rank is now at 293. I am enjoying each day of this, but will feel better once the market goes down because I feel like I have not done much to actually increase the value of my portfolio.

On a more lighter note, I got another batch of dividend payments today: $12.47!! I am so close to earning back the money used on one of the commission fees. If the payouts are consistent with what happened this month, then it appears each month will pay off almost one commission fee. Therefore, it will take about 8-10 months before I get enough cash to recoup the losses caused by these commissions. It would seem that all the financial advice about how hidden fees will cost you are appropriate.

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Previous update: 06/09/2016
Next update: 06/30/2016

Investing Experiment: 06/09/2016

Woohoo! Yesterday was a lucky day! The stock market is up, which bumped up my portfolio value. As of closing yesterday, my total account value was $10,051.75. This pushed my ranking up to 320! Obviously this rank is going to dive like a hawk aiming for prey once the market goes down again, but I’ll enjoy every good outcome that I can get.

Another highlight is that dividends are coming in. After purchasing all my stocks, I had $1,467.63 in cash. As of yesterday, I now have $1,477.63. Ten dollars! It will take a long while before I recoup my losses from commission fees alone, but it is still exciting for a beginner like me to see the portfolio value rise.

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Previous update: 05/24/2016
Next update: 06/15/2016