Your Questions About Successful Trading Companies

Richard asks…

How different is the real stock market then virtual trading?

Hello everybody I am 16 years old and have been interested in the stock market for a few years now. I first found out about virtual stock exchanges in my finance class I am taking in high school, and have been quite successful, doubling my money after a period of 3 months. While some of this was more “for fun” and I invested in some… risky companies (A few OTC’s and Pink slips). This month I have participated in a different virtual exchange and have made about 50% so far investing in REAL companies with huge opportunity, the latest being Vringo Inc. (VRNG).

My question is how does the real stock market and trading with services (such as Ameritrade, E-Trade etc.) compare with virtual exchanges? I hope to save some money and enter in the market for real this summer. Also, which stock brokerage company would you recommend for me? (Yes I do realize that I am too young, I am planning on having my dad set up the account itself).

John answers:

Its different. One big difference is that if its a small company then your stock trade may be the only one around so it will move the share price up (for buys) or down (for sells) all on its own. Say the stock is trading at $1 per share. Your buy may move the price up to $1.05. Your sell could move it to $.95. This means that the stock has to go up almost 10% before you are really making $$$.

Maria asks…

Insider trading explanation’?

If you are working for a company and you realize that it is going to be successful/ fail soon, and you want to buy/sell stocks in the company before it goes up or under, is that insider trading. If so, are you just supposed to watch your investment disappear if you have invested in the company and know that it is going to go under?

John answers:

You should be extremely wary even buying that stock in the first place because of insider trading, but yes – using information that is only available inside the company to your trading advantage is exactly what insider trading is considered to be.

William asks…

What do you think of my speech?? It’s for my speaking assessment tomorrow?!!?

Alan Sugar

Do you think hard work pays off at the end? Of course, it does. People who want success or desire success will only achieve it if they have a specific goal in mind. I’ve learnt about hard work through first hand experience and by observing others.

The person who I am inspired by is a man named Sir Alan Sugar. Alan had a hard childhood; his family was poor and lived on a council flat. Early on, Alan began to make money by selling ginger beer and scrap materials, and sometimes he earned more than his father. Alan then decided to set up an electrical goods company in 1968, aged 21. The company, named AMSTRAD for Alan’s initials and TRAD for trading. This company was so successful it made him a millionaire.

“What you see is what you get” is a famous quote of Alan Sugars. I adore the personality of Alan since he is honest and out spoken. From this quote you can see that he is full of self- esteem. Good self-esteem is important because it helps you to hold your head high and feel proud of yourself and what you can do; it gives you the courage to try new things and the power to believe in yourself. It lets you respect yourself, even when you make mistakes. His personality really inspires me to be a person full of self belief.

Whether you hate or love the guy you must admire his achievements. His determination and eagerness enabled him to start from nothing and to become one of the best businessmen of all time! Now he is worth around £ 800 million! Maybe one day I can be an Alan Sugar.

John answers:

This is a brilliantly inspiring speaking speech. I like it. But instead of your very last sentence being “maybe one day I can be an Alan Sugar”, just change it up a bit too ‘Maybe one day I can be just like Alan Sugar’. Overall though, this is really good. My teacher always says start off with a question to draw the readers attention and that’s what you did. And anyways your intro is really really good. Its not too long so your class won’t fall asleep on you or get bored. Its a really interesting and inspiring speech/writing with a nice touch of personal setting, I feel. Good luck tomorrow. I’m sure you’ll get a good mark since it looks like a writing piece I write and I get good marks all the time.

Helen asks…

Why do doctors pay 35% while CEOs pay 17%?

A successful surgeon making $1 million will pay 35% in taxes. A moderately successful CEO making $1 million (taking a $1/year salary, the remainder in stock, i.e. Steve Jobs) will pay 17%.

Why are successful surgeons, lawyers and business owners charged twice what hedge fund managers and CEOs of publicly-traded companies are?

John answers:

Why have doctors gotten more expensive the more the government gets involved? And the same thing with Colleges

Robert asks…

Your response to the following WWE Press Release?


WrestleMania Sets RecordNovember 7, 2011STAMFORD, Conn., November 7, 2011 – WWE® announced today that first day ticket sales for WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami resulted in a record gross of $6.3 million, shattering the previous first day record of $4.8 million for the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.
Tickets went on sale this past Saturday, November 5 for WrestleMania XXVIII, which takes place Sunday, April 1, 2012 from Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The main event will feature The Rock® challenging John Cena® in the most highly anticipated main event ever in sports entertainment history. The event will be broadcast on pay-per-view and viewed in more than 100 countries.

“We are thrilled that WrestleMania XXVIII has already made WWE history in such dramatic fashion,” said John Saboor, Senior Vice President of Special Events for WWE. “Coming off the momentum of last year’s record breaking event in Atlanta, we fully anticipate that this year’s WrestleMania in Miami will be our largest and most successful ever.”

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at and For information on our global activities, go to


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Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television distribution agreements; the need for continually developing creative and entertaining programming; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent McMahon; the conditions of the markets in which we compete and acceptance of the Company’s brands, media and merchandise within those markets; our exposure to bad debt risk; uncertainties relating to regulatory and litigation matters; risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of our markets; uncertainties associated with international markets; the importance of protecting our intellectual property and complying with the intellectual property rights of others; risks associated with producing and travelling to and from our large live events, both domestically and internationally; the risk of accidents or injuries during our physically demanding events; risks relating to our film business and any new business initiative which we may undertake; risks relating to the large number of shares of common stock controlled by members of the McMahon family and the possibility of the sale of their stock by the McMahons or the perception of the possibility of such sales; the relatively small public float of our stock; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends, general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant.

John answers:

I think that is awesome. Recording Breaking events in the WWE are always interesting to hear about in my opinion. Thanks Julius C!

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