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October 01, 2013 – Comments (2)

For the most part I try to stick to investing in companies that are undervalued. Once in a while I toy with the idea of trying to take advantage of a short term event that seems like it has a high probability of happening. I usually talk myself out of it; vacillating back and forth about potential outcomes. It didn't even occur to me to try to game a government shutdown however the aftermath so far confirms for me the futility of trying to out guess everyone else and the value of just trying to buy companies when they're cheap.

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#1) On October 03, 2013 at 12:51 AM, JZ88 (47.18) wrote:

I agree, I woulda bet you five dollars the market would trend down but it rallied after the shutdown...who would of guessed. I too play witht the ideas of investing vs trading, and have had mixed results. I invested in SIRI and just by chance it became a fan favorite and I have made a considerable gain. I speculated on FNMA and made alot of money, but have also lost money. I think it comes down to me really just asking myself how much i can afford to lose vs gain.

 

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#2) On October 03, 2013 at 9:21 AM, MKArch (99.71) wrote:

After reading your response JZ, I got to thinking about why I vacillate about what seem like high probability events and it probably comes down to what it it's already priced in or no one cares? So far that seems to be the case with the shut down.

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