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Anyone here done this, or know people who have,
yeah, tell me about investing and stuff.
oh bollocks, you know this already..
You can make a bit of quick money playing (hedging) the foreign exchanges. It's fairly straightforward and you can play as fast and hard as you want. It's like Blackjack. Everything else is like horse racing.
It's unlikely that you'll be able to just waltz in and make much (any) money straight away, unless you're lucky, which can happen, it is gambling after all.
Learn the form. Research past performance (applies to foreign currencies as well as straight stock purchases) and then try to think of and research any thing which may affect this performance (such as socio-political issues, mergers, sector performance as a whole, product releases or development, blahblahblah). You can then attempt to project what you think will happen next given all that information. Then TAKE A CHANCE.
SPIN THE WHEEL.
There are ways that you can try to offset any potential losses on any particular investment, but it still comes down to either 'on the nose' or 'each way'.
It's likely if you're just starting out, have no experience of gambling, don't know anything about markets or anything else associated with this which makes it daunting for most folk, then you'll gamble poorly and lose money.
Even having years of experience doesn't mean you win all the time. Most of my working day is spent tidying up messes made by people with decades of experience in finance fucking up things on, often, quite a large scale (tens of millions and more, frightening sums when viewed outwith the normalising view of money within the industry).
Oh, and one last thing whilst I'm ranting. Don't get fooled by this idea that investing in 'actual things' such as agriculture or precious metals is safe. If you're buying stocks in these things as opposed to the actual real tangible land or have bits of gold in your possession, you're just as liable to lose everything if the markets all crash as all you'll own is a bit of paper saying IOU a bit of a wheat field or an ounce of gold.
My grandad left for me. I get a cheque now and then, I need to sort it out really.
this has just reminded me i still have shares in Experian. not sure how they're doing now, but probably alright.