As I’ve mentioned in my last blog post, I starting stock trading again and this time as I trade and learn, I will blog about them. The decisions I made and what I learned in the trades. Hopefully I get other experienced stock traders to share their thoughts and help guide novices like me.
This week, I was coming out from a loss of about $100 and was waiting for my funds to get settled where that date was on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. We are currently in a bearish market, the trend has been going down for the past 3 months.
But that does not mean money cannot be made, but it is often not advised to buy stocks this time because as the trend goes down, the more you lose. By the time it goes back up, you are just making up with what you lost. Some people may advise it is a good time to look for bargains of high value companies that are nearly assured to improved when the market goes on a rebound.
I am not a professional stock trader. I just started getting into the stock market when I took my MBA classes at the University of Redlands about 4 years ago where one of my subjects, Corporate Finance, our professor divided us into groups where each group were to paper trade stocks starting with an amount of $100,000 and all groups that get to a $1,000,000 investment portfolio were given an extra 0.5 to our final grade.
Early Successes – I was Just Lucky
Our group did reach the $1M mark and so did many of my classmate. It appeared easy then, so I thought, so that was the day I started signed up on Scottrade and started trading with an amount of $1,000. After a week, the portfolio value was $1,100. Shared the news with my wife who agreed I invest in more and added more funds to fill in a total of $3,000. Consistently enough, after a week, I made $3,300 as my total portfolio value in a week.
Just my video of the Red Blood Moon lunar eclipse last April 15, 2014 at 12:00 midnight.
This was shot with a hand held Canon Vixia HFR40, with 53X Zoom (32X Optical Zoom). No tripod so it is a bit unstable.
Also taken in the background supposed to be Mars. If you are looking at this just a few minutes after this was uploaded, the video might still be processing on YouTube so it may be a bit blurry.
What actually makes the moon red is the same reason that makes the sky red during sunset and sunrise, it is explained near the end of this blog post. Since the sun’s rays passes by the earths atmosphere, the sunlight cast on the moon now appears reddish.
I used to play this game a lot with friends on a PC, side by side on the same keyboard. I always wondered what some of my opponents were typing as the game was loading. Some cheat code started spreading in magazines and emails that you can increase the power of your player by typing in the code:
Just another Excel exercise, displaying electronic configuration. All you need to enter is the atomic number (which is also the number of electrons in the atomic state of an element) Nothing really special, just some series of if statements and some text formatting. Download it here. Electronic Configuration
My daughter was working on some match assignment solving algebraic equations but instead of doing the usual transposition stuff, she was solving it in a matrix setting them up in row Echelon form. Something even I needed to review a bit to refresh my memory how it is done.
She then asked me if Excel can solve this to double check. And I said yes and no. There is no automatic way to show the row Echelon form of the matrix but I can certainly make some way to display it. So challenge accepted.
If you need to review yourself on the row Echelon form, I found this video to be useful.
If you need an MS Excel file that can solve 2 or 3 equations with 2 or 3 unknown variables respectively in matrices using the row Echelon form and needs to see the complete solution, you can try this file I’ve created. If you find this useful, you are free to use an distribute as long as you mention it was made by me, and link back to this page. Enjoy! Download it here: Row-Echelon-Form
Five employees at the Wild Fowl Publishing Company each come to work by a different one of five means: car, railroad, subway, and walking. They hold these positions at the company: art director, editor, publisher, receptionist, and secretary. Two of them are men named Finch and Marten, while three of them are women named Fulmer, Gannet, and Hawk. From the information given, determine the position held by each person as well as the means by which each one gets to work each day.
Neither of the men walk to work but one is the art director and the other is not the publisher or secretary.
The publisher is named Hawk or Fulmer and none of these takes the railroad or a car.
Mr. Finch does not come by railroad and he is not editor.
The female receptionist is not named Fulmer and neither of these two walks to work.