Haven’t looked in a long time. My investing time frame was 1999-2002 and I held and picked ’til 2014 ’til it was gone. Worth it. Was fun. Different era. I was smart and did not do Enron when my boss was pushing it. That’s how long ago it was. I did well during the “dot com crash”. Contrarian. But things have changed in that trading volumes have increased tremendously. What used to be called “day traders” and uncommon are now commonplace. Now there’s free trading — I made do with a “buy and hold” with $5.95/trade or something that was the first discount stock buying thing. Forget its name now. Could I invest today? I don’t know. I was a contrarian: I was anti-crowd. So I’d look at what the crowd was looking at and then go the opposite. But there’s lots of crowds and lots of opposites now. They’re now using quantum information theory in the robotic trading; robot trading was in its infancy but now it’s everyday. But… I never believed in the markets. They depend on collective belief and I just played with money I could lose. Agnostic to the market system as it were. Dunno if I could do it now. I got obsessed. I’d have to get obsessed again. Free trading options make it tempting but then I’d be obsessively watching, then trying to ignore patterns, then go back to looking for little ‘hooks’ in the charts to know when there was a boom about to happen and stuff… and other tea leave readings… nah. But fun.

Haven’t looked in a long time. My investing time frame was 1999-2002 and I held and picked ’til 2014 ’til it was gone. Worth it. Was fun. Different era. I was smart and did not do Enron when my boss was pushing it. That’s how long ago it was. I did well during the “dot com crash”. Contrarian.
But things have changed in that trading volumes have increased tremendously. What used to be called “day traders” and uncommon are now commonplace. Now there’s free trading — I made do with a “buy and hold” with $5.95/trade or something that was the first discount stock buying thing. Forget its name now.
Could I invest today? I don’t know. I was a contrarian: I was anti-crowd. So I’d look at what the crowd was looking at and then go the opposite.
But there’s lots of crowds and lots of opposites now.
They’re now using quantum information theory in the robotic trading; robot trading was in its infancy but now it’s everyday.
But… I never believed in the markets. They depend on collective belief and I just played with money I could lose. Agnostic to the market system as it were.
Dunno if I could do it now. I got obsessed. I’d have to get obsessed again. Free trading options make it tempting but then I’d be obsessively watching, then trying to ignore patterns, then go back to looking for little ‘hooks’ in the charts to know when there was a boom about to happen and stuff… and other tea leave readings… nah. But fun.

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