Stock Markets Should Not Turn Into Gambling Casinos – A Look at the Shanghai Composite

The Shanghai Composite started out as a way to capitalize Chinese Businesses, but with all the market manipulation it seems more like it’s turned into a gambling casino in many ways; much like the NYSE, or NASDAQ. It seems that the Chinese People who are really great at saving money have boosted stocks to an unreasonable multiple as many stocks were trading at 80-100 times earnings.

Then when the Global Economic Crisis hit China, many of their companies that were involved in manufacturing and exporting took a huge dive in profits, meaning their stock price based on things like quarterly profits was completely out the window. Many Chinese, just regular small time investors felt it was not fair, as they had put their money into the stock market and watched it rise, only to fall again and give up 20-25% in a very short time period.

But besides all that, I asked one small time investor from China; “Do you realize why stock markets exist?” Interestingly enough, she didn’t really, so I explained the stock markets exist to capitalize businesses. So, if that is what they are for, and if you really want to make money, you should be involved in the capitalizing of businesses, based on simple and sound principles.

Then I recommended to her, as I will to you, to read Warren Buffets essays, and to learn more about investing in the business world. Not long ago, I mentioned all this and the conversation to Guang Wu, the author of a new book; “China: Has the Last Opportunity Passed by!?” and his comments were that stock market investing is indeed much different and new to many Chinese Investors. So, please consider all this.

Get the Best Gaming Experience, Play Sudoku Online

For anyone who is looking for an online game to play, Sudoku is always an ideal option. Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. All one is required to do is to enter some numbers into the spaces that are blank in a way that each row, column as well as a 3×3 box, has the numbers one to nine. In simpler terms, the game can be primarily defined as a puzzle that contains nine large blocks that are divided into its individual matrix of nine cells. For you to solve this puzzle, some basic rules should be followed.

Gaming Rules
Online Sudoku is a JavaScript version of the common Japanese number game Sudoku. If you are wondering how to play it online, it is easy. All you have to do is pick on a certain number and click on a square that you want to place it and type in using the keyboard. Should you feel the need to make any additional numbers as well as pencil notes, you should click on the available options and then tick the pencil marking box. These options will without doubt allow you to set the timer and help options. Sudoku online is availed free from quite a number of credible sites. You can play it online as well as print it.

How to Play?
The main aim is to make sure that all the blank spaces are filled while following the simple instructions. Given that this numeric puzzle has different options as far as the levels are in question, one can choose levels that they are most comfortable in. Some of the levels are meant for the kids, others are easy while some are very difficult.

The players should also know that any given puzzle has only one solution. If at one point one finds out that they have filled two similar numbers in a row or a column, they have only two choices. They can either try the puzzle or try to find out where the mistake is. When one starts playing the game, they should keep in mind that the blocks that have been pre-filled cannot be changed to other games in the course of the game. How long an individual takes in solving the puzzle is completely dependent on the level of skills as well as the difficulty of the puzzle.

The best thing about this game is the fact that one can get hold of all the Sudoku games they may wish to have unlike the periodicals that come with only a single Sudoku.

High Frequency Gambling Casino, Stock Market Challenges, and the Small Time Investor

On or around the time of the July-August 2011 debt deal negotiations in Washington DC and the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of US treasuries we watched the US stock market, and stock markets around the globe responding to what was going on deal with extreme volatility. Under such conditions, are generally times when investors lose big time, or make incredible gains. Generally it is the market professionals who are in the game, and understand the game, that end up with all the prize winnings.

At one point the Dow Jones industrial average went down 632 points in one day. It was the biggest drop since the 2008 market crash in a one-day period. The amount of volume being traded that day was in excess of the number of small time investors in the market. That is to say, those numbers were impossible, or so unlikely and highly improbable to make one wonder. What was going on? Well, it’s simple; the high-frequency trading computers using their sophisticated artificial intelligent algorithms were making trades in microseconds, and thousands of them per every 10 minute period.

On Larry Cudlow’s “Free-Market Capitalism” show on CNBC Larry was talking to a guest and suggested that it was getting a little out of control, and things were not fair to the little guy, the individual investor. Worse, it was completely eroding confidence in our stock markets. If the smalltime investor doesn’t feel safe, or feels that the game is rig, just like a slot machine in a casino, then why would they play?

I laughed because I was in the middle of writing this article when I listened to his condemnations of high frequency trading schemes, and I completely agree with what he was saying. Of course, this is not the first time, if you’ll recall last year there was a significant flash crash, when the machines took over, and that also rocked investor confidence, and yes the authorities and SEC has looked into the problem, but obviously hasn’t fixed it yet. To have 10% market swings within just a few days of trading keeps people up at night, it causes stress, and even heart attacks.

When smalltime investors who have their life savings and their retirement monies at risk, all that they’ve ever earned that uncertainty takes a toll. Not only on them, but also on the overall confidence, and that’s not good for our nation because our stock markets are to help capitalize American businesses. If they are working, that causes a huge problem. It’s too bad no one is addressing this problem or fixing it. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on.