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‘Fractional Shares’ (A.K.A. Dollar-Based Investing) In The Likes Of Amazon Is A Wonderful Innovation.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Fidelity’ no less.


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Great innovation and I applaud the financial institutions, like ‘my’ Fidelity, scrambling to make it a reality, pronto. No, I am not in need of fractional shares. SMILE. At 66, after 40-years of active, non-stop investing (i.e., I have always been in the market, without fail) I can afford to buy full shares of stock I want and even maybe in the ‘customary’ blocks of 100.

I am happy for ‘kids’, new comers and those that missed out on the likes of AMZN when they used to be cheap. I am a great believer and advocate in investing. I encourage kids to invest and tell parents to get their kids invested. Yes, my kids are invested. SMILE.

Fractional shares are a GREAT. Love the concept.

40-years ago, in the U.K., I got started in UNIT trusts. Bit like mutuals, but if I remember right, with no minimums. You bought units.

Yes, of course, you can buy into the likes of Amazon, Google and Netflix, by investing in the right mutual funds or ETFs. But, it is not the same as having a skin in an actual SHARE of stock. Gives own a sense of ownership. I love owning Amazon. When I buy from Amazon, it is like buying from my own store! SMILE.

I hope a lot of ‘kids’ — even those in their 20s — gainfully exploit this opportunity.

It is also good for us shareholders. SMILE. GRIN. It will drive up share prices. SMILE.

I hope fractional shares are NOT going to be restricted just to mobile APP transactions. That would be stupid. I should be able to buy fractional shares on the Web.

I checked my Fidelity APP. Couldn’t see fractional shares on it. I am going to call them up tomorrow. I will let you know.


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Time, Methinks, Given Geopolitical Bedlam, To Get Into Some Long/Short Mutual Funds.

by Anura Guruge


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I do not have the temperament, the patience or for that matter the essential cahoonas to short stock. I also REFUSE to have ‘margins’ on my trading accounts. I will only trade using my money. SMILE. So, in 40-years of active trading, some of it manic, I have NEVER shorted a stock. Yes, I do do options, but yet again, straight uncomplicated (but creative) CALLS. I am not greedy. I have been doing this for a longtime and in the last decade or so hit my stride. SMILE.

Well, I am still going to stay LONG this year — irrespective of what transpires.

Given that I have stayed long for decades, I am not about to suddenly change my philosophy to trading. PLUS, given how long I have been long — on some ‘decent’ stock (like say ‘AMZN’) — there is really no reason for I to panic.

But, over the weekend long/short mutuals came to mind. I, as is my wont, did some extensive and frenzied research. Yep, they seem to make sense. I do NOT plan to put much in them. Probably not even 5%! In a way they are but a diversion.

Anywho, I just wanted to share my thinking & research, over the weekend, with you — as I am like that. The two mutuals identified above look ‘OK’ to I. Both have ‘higher-load’ variants — hence why you see them basically twice. Check them out if YOU too had been thinking about long/short mutuals.


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Stock Markets Being Open On Veterans Day Is Insulting — There Should Be Legislation Against It.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and be enraged. From “Investor’s Business Daily”. Google for plenty more.


This is just plain wrong. There is no reason or rationale for this. Schools are closed and it is a Federal holiday. But, the stocks markets are open. That is a travesty.

Yes, I am an frequent, avid and compulsive trader. Yes, I did three four trades today. Fidelity has me ranked and classed as an ‘Active Trader’ in that, per their records, I do more than 150 trades a year. BUT, I would be FINE, just fine if the stock markets were closed on Veterans Day. There is no need for them to be open. The global financial world would NOT crumble if the NYSE & NASDAQ were closed for two days in November — the other, of course, being Thanksgiving.

I am surprised that this has not been dealt with before. Time for this to end.


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As I Have Repeatedly Said This Tariff ‘War’ With China Was BOGUS From Start — Just A Donald Trump ‘Wet’ Farce.

by Anura Guruge


All I can say is:

QED —
Yet again (maybe for the 3rd time).

{look it up. It will do you good.}

Just type ‘tariffs’ into this blog’s search ‘trench’.


Today’s BIG headline — from CNBC.
Google for more. Plenty of coverage.


I have from the start CLAIMED very publicly, on this blog that these are empty threats.

Push comes to shove, Donald Trump will back down. He has done so consistently.

It is embarrassing. It is a farce. When will people come to see it — like I do. Do not get excited. It will never happen. SMILE.


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Click to access my post from just 2-days ago.


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I Am NOT In Favor Of ‘Commission Free’ (i.e., FREE) Stock Trading!

by Anura Guruge


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If you are worried about a $4.98 commission when making a stock trade (and I think $4.98 is what Fidelity charges I) then you should NOT be making that trade!

With online trading commissions are NOT what they used to be. Yes, I remember having to pay $70 to $80 per trade. That gave you pause, but again, in the end you were hoping to make thousands so even $80 would be a rounding error.

Then, with online trading, it became … $14.xx … $7.95 … and now $4.98.

$4.98.

I am HAPPY to give Fidelity $4.98 per trade, for all the services I get.

I will also, happily, make two concessions as to when a trade should/could be free.

  1. I am a great believer in kids getting into stock (and I have had lot of success with this, even helping kids who are not mine). So, I am all in favor that kids should be allowed to trade for free. Basically make UTMA (or equivalent) accounts — i.e., accounts involving those under 18 — commission free. That will be a winner.
  2. Also give those making ‘small’ trades a break. But, since folks invariably will try and abuse this, since folks are cheap, it will have to be restricted to one free trade a day. So, something like one $1,000 (or less) trade per day free, or one trade (per day) involving 30 shares or less.
    ….

So, why am I opposed to free trading. Because, I am old & savvy enough to know that there are NO free lunches. When brokerage house offer free trading they are going to be loosing millions if not billions in income! True statement. So, how are they going to make up for that.

First they will cut services. Yes, good folks will lose jobs. It will also mean that you will not be able to talk to a human. So, the elimination of services is my greatest fear. I get outstanding service from Fidelity. I would hate to see that not be the case.

Second, they are going to start hounding you to sell you services. You will get even more calls and e-mails offering this and that. They have to recoup the money they are losing. It will be ugly. To be honest it will not affect I! Fidelity, quite a long time ago, stopped trying to sell me anything. They know — and they can see — that I do very well on my own. So, they stopped calling me. But, it won’t stop them calling YOU.

There is another reason too. It will just further encourage foolish, mindless trading! I really hate that. Folks that buy and sell with no rhyme or reason. Panic and sell when the market is going down and then turning around buying the same stock when the market has gone up. They could save themselves so much money buy just buying and holding. My core stock portfolio has not changed since 2012. 7-years. SMILE. Yes, I have held the same stock for 7-years. SMILE.

So, that is my piece on this.


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