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

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Yahoo Finance’. Google for more.


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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by Anura Guruge


 

I Believe That ‘Pinterest’ (PINS) Stock Could Be The Next ‘Etsy’ Or Even A Micro-AMZN!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘marketwatch.com’. Symbol PINS.


I got into Etsy and AMZN late — though in the case of AMZN it would be very. v. v. churlish of I to complain. SMILE.

Well, with PINS I am hoping NOT to make that mistake. From what I can see PINS is in a great position to greatly improve upon its user base and Ad. revenue. So, I got into PINS shortly after the IPO. It was a tough road to hoe the last few weeks but today it was pay dirt. Still a long way to go BUT I am typically a VERY LONG TERM buy-and-hold investor.

So, I am banking on PINS. I don’t own that many as yet. But, I will slowly increase my stake.

So, just wanted to SHARE this with you. Have a look. What have YOU got to lose?


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Q2 2019 Results Exceeds Expectations; Fitbit Disappoints & Shares Tank.

by Anura Guruge



Click to access WSJ coverage.


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘marketwatch.com’.


Two very different sets of stories from the two companies. Garmin is SOARING, Fitbit is tanking — the Versa Lite sales not living up to expectations (probably not surprisingly).

Garmin’s Fitness sector is doing well (thanks to all the new models of late), while Fitbit’s smartwatch sales are down 27%.

Good for Garmin. They just need to stay focused and RAMP UP their customer support.

As a BIG Garmin customer, shareholder and booster I am happy. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Brainsway’, A Maker Of ‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’ (TMS) Equipment, Filing For ‘Hail-Mary’ U.S. IPO.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. This from Fidelity.


Click for my post that talks about ‘Brainsway’ & TMS.


Stock performance in Tel Aviv.

Click to ENLARGE and goggle. 


I was researching the intriguing ‘PinterestIPO when this caught my eye. I knew exactly who they were. So, I had to do a bit of investigating.

Wow. Their stock performance in Israel has not been stellar — and that is saying it kindly.

I would NOT touch this U.S. IPO. The stock, in Israel, right now, seems to be on a downward trajectory.

Also seems a bit late in the day to do an U.S. IPO. They went public in Israel 12-years ago!

During ‘dot.com’ I did a ton of work for a number of Israeli high-tech companies. Great folks to work with, but I kind of learnt one thing. It is not easy for outsiders to make money in Israeli companies. Yes, of course, there are exceptions.

This one does not fill me with optimism. But, you can check it out.


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Garmin Claims That It Shipped Its 200 Millionth Product Today.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. On Twitter.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Garmin Press Release at garmin.com.


Congratulations are in order, I guess — especially as I am a long-term investor in Garmin.

200 Million products shipped is quite an achievement.

On one hand I am happy. On the other, I fret, in that Garmin seems to have lost its way. FitBit, Apple and others are eating its lunch — in the wearable space.

Yes, they announce results soon.

Let’s hope that this milestone galvanizes them to take stock, gird their loins, and commit to doing even better in the future.

But, congratulations.


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by Anura Guruge

Tesla Going Private — Why You Should Always Back Elon Musk.

by Anura Guruge


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I have learned from experience, good rather than bad, that it is always best to embrace Elon Musk rather than better against him. Yes, I talk as one lucky enough to have owned PayPal stock from day one. I had been invested in eBay for decades. So, when the PayPal spin-off came I automatically got PP shares. Since then I have sold most of my eBay and bought PayPal. That is how I realized that Elon Musk can make you money.

Two (maybe three) years ago I bought a FEW (and I truly mean) FEW shares of Tesla for $240. It was an expensive and risky stock. I held on to my few shares through thick-and-thin. I just wish I had bought more, but I never complain. If you make money, it is always a good thing. There is no point worrying about the money you didn’t make. Just enjoy and be pleased with what you did make.


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The Teeth-Chattering, Stupendous Explosion In Amazon Stock Price Is Downright SCARY!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Underlying ‘chart’ from MarketWarch.com, of course.


One Year Growth

Jan. 13, 2017 = $817 –> Jan. 12, 2018 = $1,305.

$488 in 1 year.

60% increase.


Not sour grapes, by any means, on my part. {Smile}

Just the sober reflections of someone who owned shares during THE ‘dot.com‘ and remember seeing explosions similar to this.

Too much, too fast.

The 2-weeks on 2018 has been just, downright crazy.

AMZN has gone up nearly every day — of every day bar one.

Too fast.

I worry that people are going to get burned.


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