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January 17, 2017
7:00 pm -9:00 pm
My senior project is buying and selling stocks, to do this I need to find an online stock broker. I went online to compare online brokers. After, some research I narrowed my choices down to TradeKing and OptionHouse. At the end of the day, I decided to go forward for TradeKing as my online stock broker.
The main difference between the stock brokers were how much they charge for making a trade. TradeKing was the cheapest and the best for me because of my limited funds.
This is a screenshot of the first time talking to my project facilitator. We talked about the basics in financing and he helped me get start on my project.
January 18, 2017
Today, I signed up for my TradeKing account.
The account needed to be verified by me giving them my driver license, a bank statement, and other personal information. This process was long and boring for me compared to everything else in this project.
This is me on the sign up page of TradeKing, I have to go through the sign up process to get an account from TradeKing, so I can start my investing.
January 23, 2017
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
After getting my TradeKing account approved by them. I can now start looking at what stocks to buy for my senior project.
The stocks, I was looking at it had to be limited due to the funds I have. I was not able to buy stocks such as Apple or Google because they are too expensive for me. I focused my attention to smaller stocks that were less than 20 dollars a share. I went on websites such as Forbes and Yahoo Finances to find out information on a particular stock I would like to invest in.
A screenshot of what TradeKing looks like when you are looking at a certain stock.
February 2, 2017
3:30 pm-5:30 pm
I finally decided which stock, I will buy. The stock I have chosen is AMD. I bought 10 shares at $13.57.
Buying a stock is a lot more complicated than it would look. There are many options in buying a stock, you can buy a share at a certain price or what the final share price is when the market is closed. This was the first time for me investing into a company so it was a fun and scary experience putting in your own money to invest into a company. It took a me a couple tries into buying these shares because there are four different options in purchasing a share. I had to look up on which one is the best one for me to use and after some digging I found the right one and was able to purchase my shares in AMD.
The stock prices of AMD. The top graph shows the stock price movement at the end of each day for the past week, while the bottom graph shows the stock price over a month.
February 15, 2017 5:00-6:00 pm
After purchasing the stock AMD, I checked up on how well the stock is doing today.
After about a week and half I decided to see how much money I was making on my recent investment or receive bad news that I lose money on my investment. Opening up the website and logging on was a nervous procedure for me waiting how to see how well I did in my first investment. I looked at the recent investment’s page on TradeKing and too my surprise the stick has green plus sign of 50 cents. After looking at the stock price, I looked at the recent news about AMD, and the news is looks promising in the future since they are releasing a new product soon which should have performance similar or better than competitor’s product.
This picture is of me looking at an article of a new product that came for AMD recently, this product is a computer part that will compete against Intel. The other side is a the stock prices of AMD over the last month.
February 26, 2017 10:00 am- 11:00 am
Today, I started my research for the second stock I am planning to purchase in the near future.
Researching takes time and I have to make sure I am confident in the stock I want buy. The way I research is go online and look up companies that have a new product coming out that is popular or have a favorable outlook in the future. I go on websites such as marketwatch and financial times to see what analysis say about a certain company and what their future earnings are projected to be. There is a lot to take into consideration before investing in a certain company, you have to make sure they have good earnings and a hopeful future ahead of them, and if you don’t be careful you could end up making a bad investment.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Researching what stock to buy, and the stock I picked was Ford Motor Company.
I saw an article that mentioned Ford did well in the previous fiscal quarter. Once I saw this article I was excited to have finally found a new company to invest in, but I had to do more research on Ford to make sure I was not going to regret this future decision of mine. So, I did more research on Ford to see how well their trucks and cars are selling. Another article mentioned that Ford had a very good outlook in the future. These articles boosted my confidence in the Ford Motor Company and I felt it was time to invest in them very soon.
On the left side of the screen is an article about the future of Ford and how it stock will be a great buy with future profits. To the right is a list of the end of day stock prices for Ford or the last twenty days.
March 3, 2017
I bought the stock Ford Motor Company at 10 shares at $7.89, and checked my other investments.
This time around buying stocks was much easier because I knew my way around the website. The stock was going for even cheaper then when I first looked at it when I researched it. This was great news and I am very excited with my new investment. After making my new investment I decided to check on my previous investment of AMD and check up on how they are doing and the overall market. AMD is doing well and the overall market is doing well. After looking at the market I looked at some news articles to see how other companies are doing.
This is a screenshot of the TradeKing page on Ford Motor Company. The top graph is the current stock prices over the last day, and the graph below it is a prediction on the stock prices over the next six months. Below the graphs is a section for recent news and to the right of the graphs are highlights of the company.
March 9, 2017
Today, I checked on my stocks.
My stocks are doing well. AMD is doing the best out of the two, it has gone up by $2 since I last purchased it. This is great news because they came out with a new product that is doing better than their main competitor’s product. Ford is doing okay because it has been going up and down for the past week since I have been investing in them. I am very hopeful for my future returns. After looking at my investments I went on the hunt to look for a new company to invest in. I been reading up on potential companies that I can invest in.
On the screen is the front page of TradeKing, where it shows my balance and the amount of money on each stock I purchased. AMD has gone up by $1.20, but Ford has gone down $3.05 so hopefully it will go up in the future.
March 14, 2017
1 and half hours
Checking up on my stocks and researching possible new investments. Also, deciding what to do after this project with my TradeKing account.
I checked up on my investments and they haven’t changed much since last week. I decided to do some research on the potential of investing in a new company, so I went to Forbes, marketwatch, Yahoo Finances, and other finance sites. I did not see a company that jumped out at me. After a couple minutes of thinking I decided to call my facilitator to talk about what I should do with my investments since this project is entering its final stages. We talked and I decided to hold on to the stock I have purchased and not sell them after this project is over.
This is me and my project facilitator talking on the phone about what is the plan on going forward in the future of my personal investing.t is popular or have a favorable outlook in the future. I go on websites such as marketwatch and financial times to see what analysis say about a certain company and what their future earnings are projected to be. There is a lot to take into consideration before investing in a certain company, you have to make sure they have good earnings and a hopeful future ahead of them, and if you don’t be careful you could end up making a bad investment.
This is me and my project facilitator talking on the phone about what is the plan on going forward in t