Beyond GameStop: the day trader turned investor
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Young investors have rushed to open day trading accounts under lockdown, using tips gleaned from chat rooms and social media as they attempt to make a fast buck. But betting on short-term market movements carries a high risk of losing money — something that 19-year-old Ross has found out the hard way trading stocks like GameStop and AMC. If he invested his money for a matter of years instead of a matter of minutes, would he get a better return? Claer Barrett hears from experts Merryn Somerset Webb, the FT columnist and editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek, and Damien Fahy, founder of investment website Money to the Masses.
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-Claer’s thoughts about good investment habits to build for the future: Where do the next generation of investors go from here?
-Merryn Somerset Webb’s column every Saturday in the Weekend FT. Follow her @MerrynSW
-And finally… those book recommendations. From Merryn: Investing for Growth by veteran fund manager Terry Smith; Effective Investing by former Hargreaves Lansdown research director Mark Dampier, and The Anatomy of the Bear by Russell Napier, the equity market strategist (disclaimer: Merryn wrote the introduction to the new edition). From Damien: How to own the world by Andrew Craig, adding that this book “explores the whole concept of why you’d want to invest”
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