The Gamble of the Stock Market

Investing in stocks is always a huge gamble. The stock market can crash at any second. At one moment it is doing really well and the next it’s not.

Making blind trades is not always the way to go when investing in stocks. It is important to do research and keep up with how the stock market is doing. Using all the tools that google has to offer is very helpful in researching stocks. I was part of an online simulation stock competition where I had to invest in stocks and options. I used Google Alerts to find out new information about different stocks to invest in.

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When bigs things happen to a company it’s important to know before deciding if you want to invest in the stock or not. Apple has had many ups and downs throughout the year. After the release of the iPhone 7, Apple fell 2.67%. Normally shares of Apple fall the day of the launch. However, with the the launch of the iPhone 7 the stock rose and plopped the day after the big launch.

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Twitter is also a very useful way to keep up with stocks. It is a great way to keep up with trends and to know what is going on in the world.

According to the Tweet made by Stanislav Drastich, Apple is predicted to be a very good stock to invest in.

When investing in a stock it is important to have a grasp on what the company is and does. For example, I would invest in stocks such as Apple, McDonalds, and Starbucks given that they are predicted to do well in the future or have a had a decent trend in the past. It really is important to look at how the stock has done in the past. The past is often a great indicator on how it will be in the future.

There are seven stocks in particular that should not be on anyones list to  buy. Sprit Corp. is high up on the list of stocks not to buy in 2017. It produced great earnings in 2016, however Sprint is still extremely indebted and unprofitable.

From my three month competition I have found that Google was the most helpful tool in researching stocks. Google trends would show me the interest over time for specific stocks in various countries. Without the research I did i would have done significantly worse in my competition.

 

 

 

 

Millions of followers=Millions of dollars $

Instagram was launched in October of 2010. By April of 2012 Instagram had over 100 million users and it has continued to grow in popularity. Instagram can be used for many different purposes. It is a way for businesses to share their products to increase sales, a way for people to post pictures with their friends, a way for celebrities to promote themselves as well as their brand, a way for makeup artists to post videos and close ups of their makeup, and many other things.

Celebrities are all over Instagram. Every time I go to my popular page another celebrity pops up. Selena Gomez is currently the celebrity with the most followers. She has 109 million followers. Taylor Swift is right behind her with 97 million followers.

Instagram seems to be more important to celebrities than it is for the average person. That makes sense given that they have 100 million followers and the average person has around 700. Celebrities use instagram to market themselves. Each time they post, they get paid. For example, Kim Kardashian gets paid around $250 thousand dollars for each advertisement photo she posts.

I’ll admit, I follow Kim on Instagram and when I see a post like the one above I am intrigued and go on to look up the product shown in the picture. I’m not saying this photo is worth $250 thousand dollars but it is definitely great advertisement for the product.

The whole Kardashian/Jenner family is big on Instagram. The youngest of the group, Kylie Jenner is gaining more and more popularity as the years go on. Her Instagram account has over 80 million followers and she promotes her cosmetic business on another account called Kylie Cosmetics. Kylie Cosmetics is one of the biggest online make up brands in the world. The account currently has over 11 million followers.

I have to admit, I am one of the followers and owners of a few Kylie Lip kits. On the Instagram account she posts photos about when the next big launch will be taking place and she continuously posts photos of all the different lip kits she has created.   The photos she posts are incredibly helpful to me when deciding which color I want.

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This lip kit, Candy K is by far one of my favorites and I would never have purchased it if it wasn’t for her Instagram account where she posted a photo of someone wearing it.

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Candy K by @lippielust 😋

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Not only does Kylie just have a cosmetics Instagram account but she also has another Instagram account called The Kylie Shop where she posts her specialized Kylie merchandise. The Kylie Shop only launched a couple months ago and already has almost 1 million followers.

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Kylie’s Instagram accounts have definitely played a big part in the success of her businesses. From her posts, the world is aware when her merchandise is launching and what is being launched. You have to get on to the sites right away to be able to purchase something before everything gets sold out.

Instagram has grown a tremendous amount over the years and has had significant impacts on celebrities and their businesses.

The Takeover of Facebook

Everyones business is becoming everyone else’s business. 10 years ago Facebook didn’t even exist and now we can’t even imagine a day without it. A day without checking up on what all your 1000 friends are doing, where they are, and who they are with. It’s not only the younger generation who is obsessing over Facebook. It is everyone. My parents are both on Facebook and even my Grandma uses Facebook. As a junior in college most of my friends are abroad. Whenever I log on to my Facebook, I see bursts of pictures of my friends traveling all over the world. I too am abroad, studying in Barcelona, Spain. I am also posting pictures of everything that I am doing while here. It has become such a norm to post your life on Facebook that not posting it makes you feel like you are doing something wrong. It’s almost like you’re getting peer pressured into making a Facebook album or making a status just because everyone else is. Besides making Facebook albums and statuses it is also very popular to continuously update your profile picture and now even your cover photo. Specifically for those who are part of greek life at their university, their sorority or fraternity asks the members to change their cover photo to a specific picture to help recruit new members. They know that everyone looks at Facebook so what better way to promote their chapter than changing a cover photo. Its interesting how one simple thing will be seen by so many people.

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On people’s birthdays especially it’s very important to write a long wall post on your friends wall and include a collage of pictures. A simple phone call or text message wishing your friend a happy birthday isn’t enough anymore. Times have definitely changed and what used to be the norm no longer is. Facebook gives you notifications everyday to let you know whose birthday it is. Now, if you have a Facebook there are no excuses for forgetting your friends birthday.

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Everything now is open for the public to see and people want it that way. Facebook allows you to put your location. So not only do people know what you’re doing and who you are with  but they also know where you are. Facebook has become such a big part of peoples lives and truly removes all privacy from ones life.

Right now, Facebook does just about everything. It allows you to video chat, chat with your friends privately, make events, upload pictures and videos, join groups, tag your friends, and many other things. I can’t even imagine what Facebook will be like 5 years from now. Facebook is continuously adding new features so we all know that there is much more to come.

Words by me