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Investment questions and answers (Q & A) 2004:

These are some of the questions and answers that was sent in 2004. Questions and answers in the forum can be both about the software program Amateur Invest and about stocks and investments in general. You can see the other parts of the Q & A section in the investment forum, or directly: 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001.

These are some of the questions that have been answered in 2004 (click on item or scroll down the page):

Need help for student in International Finance Management
New to investing, seeking advice
Nortel Stock. is it a good investment ?
Can't Set Up Data
Deleting unwanted securities
Buy-Sale updates Bank account
Creating Personalized Reports
Errors in Profit/Loss
Proxy


Need help for student in International Finance Management

Baptiste - posted 10/8/2004 1:16 PM
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Hi there ! We're a group studying International Business in Grenoble Ecole de Management and we'd need some help to know where to invest for a class paper. We would be very happy to get some help for it.

R. Michael (Moderator) - posted 10/13/2004 6:35 AM
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Hi Baptiste. - There are no shortcuts - only hard work, in finding securities to invest in. If someone claims to have an easy investment tip, then always question their motives. You yourself always have to evaluate the security in question. Does the company have good products, does it have good leadership, does it have good marketing, and upcoming products. - Has the company existed for many years, and does it have good environment policies. Finally you also have to look at your own risk profile. Do you wish to gamble or do you wish to make sure you have at least a bit of an income. All is stated in my book "make money on stocks" (not available in English at the moment). For your class paper, You can also use the program Amateur Invest, to try out the stock market - making test deals, and follow them for a while, before actually jumping into it live - there you can learn many things and phrases from the industry, that you can use for your class paper. Regards, R. Michael.


New to investing, seeking advice

Mike - posted 9/17/2004 3:29 PM
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If I was considering on entering investing in stocks or to get a better grasp on how a particular stock (example: HSBC?) has been performing for the past 4 years where would I start my research to see if that particular stock is worth investing in? Please Help Thanks!

R. Michael (Moderator) - posted 9/22/2004 6:19 AM
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To find out if a particular stock is worth investing in, there are a number of factors you need to take into account. Firstly: which kind of an investor are you, short term (high risk) or long term (lower risk). Secondly examine the company, Eg: 1) Does the company have products, that are well known. 2) Has the company performed consistently well over the past 5-10 years. 3) Does the company have a well known and reputable management. 4) partly fundamental analysis (accounts) - and partly technical analysis (stock price over a certain period). As you can see, there are many things to study before buying (or selling) a stock. In any case you can use Amateur Invest to help you with your decisions.


Nortel Stock. is it a good investment ?

David - posted 8/3/2004 10:34 AM
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Hi, I was just reading some articles on Nortel, it said Nortel is in lead on VoIP technology but on the other hand it has its accounting problems. So, I would like to hear from some of you if the company is/will be a good investment ? thx in advance.

R. Michael (Moderator) - posted 9/22/2004 6:26 AM
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Many things goes into determining if a stock is worth buying or not. - See some of the other messages on this board. - One of the factors is the future prospect of a company. So if You believe that Voice-over-ip is going to be the next very big thing. And you know, that Nortel has the lead in this field - and patents, etc. + There are no major competitors around the world. And the fundamental and technical analysis of the company shows, that the stock is reasonable priced - then you have got a good case.


Can't Set Up Data

Stan - posted 6/24/2004 1:05 AM
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Amateur-Invest is very hard for me to understand. I can't seem to load any company data from "securities" into any form where I could watch the change in prices on some selected stocks

R. Michael (Moderator) - posted 6/28/2004 10:36 AM
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Hi Stan. - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - The securities list, contain all securities defined. You can add securities yourself or delete unwanted securities. Prices are shown for each, and an arrow indicator show the direction of the stock since the last time you downloaded prices. - On each security you can add a "Special interest" mark. Eg. select edit to a security and see the field mentioned. Then in the list, you can set the filter in the drop down list in the top right hand corner of the window, and only the securities that has the marker, will be shown in the securities list. - Hope this answers your question, otherwise do ask again. - Regards, R. Michael.


Deleting unwanted securities

Rock - posted 4/3/2004 7:47 AM
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I want to buy this if i can figure out how to add new symbols to the portfolio and delete the ones in there that i dont need. i checked through the help section and cant figure it out. i want this just to keep track of my stocks in the portfolio. any help will greatly be appreciated. thank you rock

R. Michael (Moderator) - posted 4/3/2004 7:50 AM
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Hello Mr. Rock. - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - To delete securities, you go into the security window. There you can multi select the securities you do not want - you can do that by holding down the <shift> key and pressing the <arrow down> key. Several lines become selected (blue) that way. Now hit the "Delete" button, and you'll be asked if you whish to delete associated prices also - you should answer yes. -To add new securities, you hit the "Add" button in the security window. Enter a company name, and enter an "Import id" code. - For US companies the import id is straight forward, eg. Microsoft is MSFT - Now you can add the securities to your portfolio by using the portfolio window.


Buy-Sale updates Bank account

Tomas Bertmark posted 3/31/2004 3:34 PM
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Is it possible to add a new function so that any Buy/Sell transaction automatically updates a selected bank account ? As it is now you have to first enter a buy/sell transaction and then update the account with the same information. Just a thought.Tomas

R. Michael (Moderator) - posted 4/2/2004 7:37 AM
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Thank you for your idea. - It has been put forward once before. It might be added in a coming release.


Creating Personalized Reports

Kishore Rochey - posted 3/19/2004 6:54 AM
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Is there a way to create reports which suits our preference which could be different from the one which comes with the software ? If so, How is this done.

R. Michael (Moderator) - posted 3/19/2004 7:28 AM
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Personal reports are not fully available in the 2004A release. - You can however see what is in the works by going into the report designer. - The report designer will be expanded in the coming releases.


Errors in Profit/Loss

Chris - posted 1/29/2004 1:46 AM
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I have just downloaded Amateur Invest and am running the DEMO database with base currency set to CAD. The first stock shown is amagerbank. The prices and calculated totals do not compute and a massive profit is turned into a loss. I think the prices are showing in CAD but the totals in local currency. In either case the profit/loss does not seem to be correct for any of the demo stocks shown in the portfolio window. Help ??

R. Michael (Moderator) - posted 1/29/2004 9:05 AM
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Hi Chris. - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - There is no error in the P/L calculation. But unfortunately there's an error in the DEM portfolio data. The data was entered with DKK set as base currency, and so there is no need for an exchange rate for Danish companies. When you change the base currency to CAD, the exchange rate for each item in the portfolio is missing. You can change that by going into each portfolio item, and enter an exchange rate. Say when you bought the stock you had to pay 20 CAD for 100 DKK, you should enter 20 in the field - then the P/L calculation will work.


Proxy

Daniel - posted 1/7/2004 6:29 PM
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I try to use the IMPORT feature through a Proxy which needs USER & PASSWORD. Unfortunately, lower case are convert to upper case and the connection doesn't work. I think it's the reason. Is someone has the solution ???

R. Michael - posted 1/8/2004 8:12 AM
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Hi Daniel. - Thank you for trying out Amateur Invest. - You could be right, that the userid+pw for a proxy are converted to uppercase - in that case there (at the moment) is nothing you can do. I'll check up on it, and if needed make the changes in the next version - due out by the end of this month.

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