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  1. Key Takeaways Women scored higher than men when quizzed on stock market basics. 83% of respondents incorrectly defined short selling. The average respondent score on our stock market quiz was 49%, a failing grade. Swathes of new investors have entered the stock market since the pandemic, with first-timers now making up 15% of all retail investors. This is due in part to new apps like Robinhood and Acorn enabling investors to begin with as little as one dollar, while the GameStop phenomenon inspired a frenzy of people to join the investing game. But how much do these newbies know? How much do all investors really know? We spoke to more than 1,000 people who have invested at least once to find out. Investors were asked to rate their own knowledge, which was then put to the test. After asking people basic questions related to the stock market, we were able to see how all types of investors performed. Average scores were broken down by everything from gender and generation to whether participants invested in crypto. We also found out the answers that investors most frequently got wrong. Keep reading to discover our results. Top Portfolio Choices Our study first asked respondents to share what they've invested in. We looked at the top stocks and digital currencies and compared answers by generation. We also asked them to rate their own stock market knowledge before taking the quiz. GameStop was the most popular stock for our respondents in the last six months. A third of investors had put their money on this company, which is actually seeing another financial rally at the time of writing. The second most popular choice was another "meme stock," BlackBerry, which is also up this past month. Even generationally, GameStop and BlackBerry were among the three most popular investments for baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials alike. Where cryptocurrencies were concerned, Bitcoin was the most popular by far. Seventy percent of digital investors had invested in Bitcoin, compared to only 39% who invested in Litecoin, the next most popular coin. Only a small 3% invested in coins other than the top 11 options listed. Before taking the exam, most respondents rated their stock market knowledge as average (38.9%) or even above average (31.5%). Only 8.3% were able to admit that their knowledge was below average. As we'll see in the coming research, these responses were falsely optimistic. Investment Knowledge Scores Moving onto the quiz, the next section of our study looks at average scores across all respondents, then breaks those scores down by gender, generation, and crypto ownership. We even compared scores with how each person assessed their knowledge beforehand. Men and women were pretty much neck and neck, although women won the day with an average score of 51.4% in comparison to an average of 50.4% for men. Scores were also not so different among people who said they took the stock market very seriously versus those who were not at all serious about it. In fact, those who took it very seriously actually fared slightly worse than other respondents. What made the real difference was whether or not a person owned cryptocurrencies. Those who did not performed much better with a score of 63.5% than those who did (44.8%). This could be because cryptocurrencies tend to appeal to younger, and therefore less experienced, investors or because crypto investors are opting out of the traditional stock market altogether and have no interest in gaining stock market knowledge. A person's opinion on whether or not the stock market was akin to gambling also seemed to affect how well they performed. Those who saw the process as gambling got only 44% of questions right, compared to 73% for those who saw the stock market as true investing –the highest score of any demographic breakdown. Perhaps it's a healthy love and respect for the stock market that improves knowledge most of all. Common Investment Knowledge Gaps Our study concludes with a look at the specific questions from the investment quiz that most people got wrong. The most common incorrect answers were also analyzed in terms of how much respondents had claimed to know about the stock market prior to taking the quiz. In spite of the short sell behind the GameStop frenzy, 83% of people could not properly identify the definition in a multiple choice question. Short selling refers to borrowing a share of a stock and then selling it. If the price does as anticipated, traders can rebuy the stock at a lower price and hold onto the difference. GameStop was one of the most heavily shorted stocks on Wall Street. And speaking of GameStop, most people couldn't identify the correct term for the abbreviation GME. GME is an example of a "ticker symbol," something that 73% of respondents did not know. More than half of investors couldn't properly explain what the "ask" and the "bid" were, either. For clarification, the "bid" price is the maximum amount that a buyer is willing to pay for a stock. The "ask," on the other hand, is the minimum price that a seller would take for that same stock. Another common knowledge gap was how to correctly define hedge funds, mutual funds, and exchange funds. Investing in Knowledge Ultimately, investment knowledge wasn't reserved for the elites or enthusiasts. Even those who claimed excellent understanding missed basic questions, while the vast majority of all investors failed to pass the test at all. That said, not everybody claimed to take the process seriously and may very well still be enjoying the fruits of their investment decisions. If you are looking to experience the fun of investing (or gambling, as many think of it), try using GamblersPick. Gamblerspick.com has all of the latest information on things like cryptocurrencies and recent jackpots. To get in on the action and expand your knowledge, head to Gamblerspick.com today. Methodology and Limitations This study uses survey data from 1,006 people who have some amount of money in the stock market. Responses were gathered using Amazon Mechanical Turk, where users were presented with a quiz-style survey followed by a variety of other survey questions, including an attention-check question. Of the respondents, 371 identified as women, 634 identified as men, and one individual identified as nonbinary. The survey included 99 baby boomers, 256 Gen Xers, 595 millennials, 34 Gen Zers, and 22 respondents from other generations. All data reported in the above survey rely on self-report, which can be subject to issues such as exaggeration, telescoping, and recency bias. Fair Use Statement If you feel like teaching the world a little something about investing, you're welcome to share the data in this article. Just be sure your purposes are noncommercial and that you link back to this page.
  2. Key Takeaways: Gen Z’s investment habits are more likely to be influenced by Reddit, Twitter, and other social media, while older generations are more likely to have their investments influenced by magazines, newspapers, and TV. Gen Z is less likely to invest in a majority of typical/traditional/common assets but more likely to invest in cryptocurrencies, meme investments, currencies, and NFTs. Gen Z is less likely to invest in collectibles but more likely to invest in clothing and sneakers. Reasons Gen Z and many millennials are investing include the desire to “participate in a movement” and “fight back against institutions.” Investing for All Ages The ‘crypto craze’ has taken the world by storm – a week into 2021, the market value of cryptocurrencies surpassed a whopping $1 trillion. To put its surge into perspective, the value of all digital currencies added up to only around $260 billion last June, and it is now the fifth-most circulated currency worldwide, even surpassing huge economies like India and the UK. With the investment world booming, we wanted to take a closer look at investment strategies among the generations, with a particular focus on Gen Z. Let’s see how often they invest and when they feel is the right time to do so. Also, what kind of assets are they interested in, and what mediums do they use to (attempt to) grow their money? Lastly, we’ll assess respondents’ investment motivations as well as their sensitivity to risk. Read on to see who and what is pulling in the big bucks. Trigger-Happy Overall, a quarter of respondents admitted to investing frequently. It was a relatively popular activity among them, as only 12% said they rarely did it. On a generational level, Gen Zers couldn’t get enough of the practice – 28% said they were constantly investing. That being said, they were also the most likely to say they rarely do. As people got older, they were generally less active in the investment world; millennials were most likely to frequently invest, Gen Xers would do it often, and baby boomers and older generations would only sometimes try their hand at it. Respondents were most eager to invest when they felt like they had extra money to spend. Over half of them pulled the trigger when market conditions were right and would invest on a regular basis. Jumping into the stock market and other investment mediums can be exhilarating, so people should keep a few tips in mind to maximize success: Focus on the future by keeping a long-term perspective, don’t sweat the small stuff, and be open-minded. Weighing the Options With many different asset options to invest in and methods to do so, what do people tend to use the most? By a margin of just over 20 percentage points, the most popular asset to invest in was stocks – almost three-quarters of millennials and Gen Xers preferred to put their money in them over the other options. Putting your money into the stock market can be very financially beneficial – the simplest reason to invest is to grow your wealth, and people tend to amass anywhere between 7% and 10% of their original investment in returns per year. Historically, stocks generally rise and earn more money for investors than other options – therefore, investing in stocks is a relatively safe strategy, making it an attractive choice for many. The most common medium used to invest were retail investment platforms – Gen Zers especially preferred them, but baby boomers (or older) tended to use financial service companies to help them invest their money. There are a ton of investment apps at our disposal, and they are known to excel in different areas – for example, ‘Invstr’ was deemed the best for learning all about investing; ‘Wealthfront’ is known for its sophisticated portfolio management; and ‘Betterment’ is great for people who are interested in socially responsible investing strategies. Assessing Motivations Some are skeptical about the legitimacy of the investment world. Either way, they continue to attempt to grow their money. A conspiracy is afoot, as 77% of respondents believed the markets are manipulated by high-power investors and institutions, and many also agree that the stock market is biased toward them. Generally, baby boomers (and older) were a little more skeptical of these theories, but the younger generations were pretty sure there’s some truth behind them. A lot of research has been done to figure out what’s going on, and technically speaking, it would be difficult to prove that the stock market is rigged for the average investor due to laws and governing bodies, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to keep things in check. That being said, there are clear advantages that higher-ups, such as the money managers on Wall Street, have access to – among them are access to private and sensitive information, a ton of capital, political influence, and generally high experience when it comes to trading. Regarding investment motivations, Gen Zers, and in many cases millennials, did not have the same incentives as older generations. While Gen Xers and older respondents were interested in long-term gains, saving for the future, and making solid returns, their younger counterparts were particularly drawn to doing it for social causes, like fighting back against institutions and participating in movements. Risk and Influences Are people high-rollers, or do they prefer the small victories? Also, what are they influenced by when it comes to investment decisions? From the data collected, we can see that Gen Zers had a much higher risk tolerance than older generations, and baby boomers (and older respondents) tended to prefer to be a little safer with their investments. The most important aspect considered, by far, when investing was the market condition at the time. Instead of the stock fundamentals, Gen Zers were more interested in the tips and opinions from their family and friends, as well as the advice they found on Reddit. Millennials were the most likely to look for advice on social media and were also most likely to attribute moral or ethical reasoning to their investment decisions. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gen Zers were more influenced by the online landscape, including YouTube, Reddit, and other social media applications, whereas the older generations tended to make their decisions based on what they were seeing in magazines, newspapers, and on television. The reality is, older people just aren't online nearly as much as young people. For example, 2021 Facebook demographic data shows that out of the 2.7 billion active monthly users, 86% of them are aged 18 to 29, whereas only 34% are 65 or older. The difference is even greater for Instagram’s 1 billion active monthly users – the split is 67% to 8%, respectively. The Learning Curve Clearly, the idea of investing has piqued the interest of many Gen Zers. Their preferred assets, method choices, motivations, and considered factors when investing are different than older generations. This is to be expected, especially with how much they use the internet and their dedication to social causes. A common stereotype is that young people are reckless, especially with their financials, but it was Gen Zers who were the most likely to invest to gain more insight about the investment landscape. Aside from the stock market, another way to grow your money is by rolling the dice at the casino. One thing that these two potential money-growing platforms have in common is that if you’re well informed on what you’re doing, you’re more likely to succeed. Gambler’s Pick is your go-to resource for learning about the ins and outs of online gambling – take a look at their casino reviews, helpful guides, and suggestions before diving into the many casino games you can try your hand at on their website. Head over there now to become a gambling guru! Methodology and Limitations We surveyed 872 people about their investment strategies to explore how different generations are investing. Twenty-four percent of respondents were Gen Zers, 27% were millennials, 25% were Gen Xers, and 24% were baby boomers or older. An attention-check question was used to help ensure respondents read questions and answers in their entirety. The data we’re presenting rely on self-report. There are many issues with self-reported data which include, but are not limited to, the following: attribution, exaggeration, telescoping, and selective memory. Fair Use Statement If you know someone who’s interested in dipping their toes into the world of investing or just wants to learn more about investment strategies, feel free to send this article their way. We just ask that you do so for noncommercial use only and to provide a link back to the original page so contributors can earn credit for their work.
  3. Bitcoin is a hot commodity in the digital world at the moment. The virtual currency is worth over $60,000 per coin right now and is attracting high-risk investors from all across the globe. Due to its growth over the course of 2020 and 2021, many of its buyers treat it as an investment option by’ hodling’ it. Did you know? The word ‘’Hodling’’ is a slang term for the act of holding your cryptocurrency for investment purposes. This word derives from a mistake made in a forum post in 2013 when the writer of the post meant to write that he intended to hold onto his cryptocurrency. Instead of writing, ‘’I am holding’’, he wrote “I am hodling’’. The term is still popular today. Many forget that Bitcoin is really a currency. You can actually buy real goods and services with the funds. In this article, we will explore ten great ways that you can spend your BTC in the world today. While some countries and regions may support cryptocurrencies more than others do, you should be able to spend your Bitcoin no matter where you are in the world. 1. Invest in Alt Coins Once you have joined the world of cryptocurrency, you open yourself up to a whole new digital environment. You can even use your Bitcoin to buy other alternative cryptocurrencies, known as ‘altcoins’. Quick fact: If you sign up and register a crypto wallet at most regulated exchanges, you can manage all your crypto-to-crypto trades yourself from your mobile phone or desktop device. For instance, XRP is outperforming Bitcoin at the moment. To hitch a ride on that currency’s current climb, you can simply opt to trade some of your Bitcoin holdings for the equivalent value of Ripple on your favourite crypto exchange platform. The process is both fast and simple. 2. Visit Bitcoin Restaurants and Fast Foods More and more retail vendors are looking to the blockchain to expand their markets in a time where crypto technology is flying high. This trend is quite evident in the United States and certain European countries. Currently, BTC hodlers can purchase coffee from Starbucks with Bitcoin by using the Bakkt or SPEDN apps on their mobile devices. But don’t stop there, use SPEDN to shop at coffee shops such as Caribou Coffee, Jamba Juice, and Baskin Robbins. Did you know? On May 22nd 2010, a man by the name of Laslo Hanyecz agreed to purchase two pizzas for 10,000 Bitcoins. While that didn’t equate to much money back then (about $41), the same purchase today would be worth over $600 million. The day goes down in the annuls of history as Bitcoin Pizza Day. When it comes to fast food, selected Subway outlets will accept your BTC currency. In the Netherlands and Germany, you’ll even be able to purchase food from Burger King with your Bitcoin holdings. 3. See the World When travelling the world, why not use a borderless currency to make your travels more convenient. This way, there’s no need to pay foreign exchange costs and other associated fees on travel fares and the like. You can now use Bitcoin to pay for your hotel accommodation and your air tickets. Cheapair.com was the first-ever travel agency to accept BTC for air tickets in November 2013 – talk about a company with a vision for the future! Expedia.com, a world-renowned trip advisor and travel agency, also now accepts Bitcoin payments. It doesn’t stop there though. There are many other travel brokers of this sort that will help you circle the globe with your crypto investment. 4. Play Video Games Riding a rallying bull trend in Bitcoin is an exciting prospect for adults, but perhaps what the currency can buy for you is a more rewarding prospect for our kids. Microsoft has been accepting BTC for its online Xbox store for seven years now. Quick fact: Multi-billionaire director of Microsoft, Bill Gates, does not own any Bitcoin of his own and has taken a neutral stance on the currency. While that is a fact, he and his company have surely seen the potential it can bring to the retail end of the business. After a short pause in accepting BTC when it became extremely volatile after 2017, you can use it to purchase Xbox credits again. This way you can get your hands on all your and your kids’ favourite video games with the profits you made in the digital asset’s latest rally. 5. Buy Your Web Domain Intending to open a new business thanks to the money you’ve made on Bitcoin? Well, use the currency to buy your website domain and hosting and get cracking right away. Did you know? Crypto-related web domains often carry great value. Many of these virtual currency domains have become prime real estate and sell for up to seven figures. NameCheap is a large progressive online company that deals in the brokerage of internet domains and offers web hosting and internet security certificates to an international customer base. The company’s willingness to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment for their services truly shows that they have a grasp of the future. 6. Purchase NBA Game Tickets The National Basketball League is one of the most progressive sporting leagues in the United States. The league has a long history of being the first to embrace innovations in technology. As such, it was also one of the first to move forward with cryptocurrency. Various teams, like the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks, have already accepted ticket sales to their games since 2014 and 2019, respectively. Nowadays, some of the teams have even broadened their views on crypto and accept various other altcoins, too. 7. Buy NFTs - Including Art and Other Collectables The non-fungible token (NFT) market is booming right now. Digital artwork, sporting memorabilia, and other virtual trinkets from famous stars are fetching good money on various blockchains (often associated with Ethereum). Did you know? Beeple’s digital art piece known as "Everydays: The First 5000 Days," sold at a Christie’s auction in March 2021 for a whopping $69 million. It currently holds the world record for the most expensive piece of digital artwork ever sold. Artwork and collectables from famous entities and stars are usually auctioned off to the highest bidder, while sports cards and other memorabilia are sold through retail vendors online. The NBA partnered together with Top Shots to sell unique digital mementoes from the league. The initiative became a multi-million-dollar success within a few months. There is no better way to purchase these new digital assets than with digital currency. Use your Bitcoin to fund your purchases today. 8. Transfer Funds to Your Family & Friends The days of sending wire transfers to friends and family on the other side of the globe are over, thanks to the wonders of Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Now you can fund another bitcoin wallet within minutes without paying any additional foreign exchange costs. All you need is the recipient’s Bitcoin address to complete the task. Your friend or family member can then either use the BTC to buy what they needed at a supporting vendor or exchange the crypto for the native currency where they stay. Even with conversions to fiat currency, the funds will be available in less time than it would take for an EFT or wire transfer to clear. 9. Support Charities There is an old adage that says: ‘’It is better to give than to receive.’’ If you are of the same opinion and are someone who enjoys giving to charities and welfares, then you are in luck. Some of the top charities and NGO organisations, like Green Peace and the Red Cross, accept offerings in Bitcoin. By sending them virtual funds, it cuts out excessive withdrawal fees on the charity’s side too, making sure that they get all the funds you intended for them without losing any fees to trusted third-party brokers like banks. 10. Explore Online Gambling This next Bitcoin spending option falls right within our expertise at GamblersPick. There are a tremendous number of online crypto casinos available for those who would like to use their Bitcoin to play their favourite online casino games, like slots, roulette, blackjack, poker, and more. You can even bet on your favourite sports nowadays. Did you know? There are numerous bitcoin casinos that offer games made with Provably Fair technology. This software allows players to see the coded algorithms for each game round, making it possible for the casino to prove that each hand or spin is random and fair. For a list of the most trusted cryptocurrency casinos which hold our community’s stamp of approval, be sure to use one of our top-rated Bitcoin casinos.
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