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lobster

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i was wondering what lump sum of money do others have in the stock market? what is a fair amount to invest in todays market? from my expierences even with 300k im still only earn little change in todays market. i getting an average of 300.00 to 10k spikes each day or so. if im lucky a few rare 2 to 25k a day. im wondering is it worth it? should i look into real estate instead? :tdown:
 

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JScott

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If you're averaging $300/day in the market, that's about $60,000/year. On an investment of $300,000, that's an annual return of about 20%.

Not bad in the market, especially if you're not devoting a whole lot of time to it.

As for whether you should invest it differently, the question you need to answer is whether you believe you can earn greater than 20% on your money via a different investment vehicle. If so, go for it. If not, stick with the market.
 

Rawr

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Historical returns are about 12%? When I am making more than that, I feel like I got a good result.
 

nomadjanet

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I am not a market expert by any means but it seems to me how much you have in the market depends on many things.
1. What is your overall net worth. If your total net worth is 300K and that's what you have in the market, thats too much. On the other hand if your total net worth is 3mil and you have 300k in the market, maybe not enough?
2. What is your expertise? What do you know and love? What do you feel comfortable investing in?
We have tried to diversify our net worth but because we are not very versed in the market we have only a small investment % of our net worth in that area.
BTW I think a 20% return is outstanding, if you were not activly chasing trades.
Janet
 

piranha526

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A professional trader (day trader) needs at least (absolute minimum) $100k to start. It helps to have buying power to leverage your $100k. The more the better. It also helps to have other income streams to offset the stress to support yourself with fulltime trading.
 
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lobster

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A professional trader (day trader) needs at least (absolute minimum) $100k to start. It helps to have buying power to leverage your $100k. The more the better. It also helps to have other income streams to offset the stress to support yourself with fulltime trading.
yes you are all correct, thanks for the helpful info. :)
 

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