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Investment questions and answers (Q & A) 2001:

These are some of the investment questions and answers that was sent in 2001. Questions and answers in the forum can be both about the software program Amateur Invest and about stocks and investments in general. You can see the other parts of the Q & A section in the investment forum, or directly: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002.

These are some of the questions that have been answered in 2001 (click on item or scroll down the page):

Starting the program ?
Which exchanges ?
Inputting my own portfolio ?
How to split stocks ?
Stock sources ?
Norwegian stock prices ?
Windows 2000 / windows XP ?
Cost of selling stocks ?
Australian Stock Exchange ?
Currencies ?
Other stock markets ?
Registering ?
Amateur investors interested in stocks in other countries ?


Starting the program ?

Investment forum question: yurka - Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 10:32:18:

How can I evaluate Amateur Invest? - Sincerely, yurka

Investment forum answer: R. Michael:

Hi Yurka. - Thank you for your interest. - I'm not quite sure what you mean by your question. - But you can download Amateur Invest from this address: http://www.amateur-invest.com/us_download.htm - After downloading it, you must install it on your computer. You do this by executing the installation file (the one you downloaded). - After installation there will be a program added to your start menu. When you run Amateur Invest, it needs a userid and password. They are both MANAGER - in upper case.

You can the enter your own companies (to the ones that are already there), enter your own portfolio, and the download stock prices via the internet. Regards, R. Michael

Investment forum question yurka:

That was my question: you explain it here, but not in the program (if you did, it was buried somewhere). - I hope after that it will work standard 30 days. Sincerely, yurka

Investment forum answer: R. Michael:

Hi Yurka.

I can somewhat relate to your trouble. - The MANAGER/MANAGER is pointed out on the download internet page, and when the program is launched for the first time (together with some other information), and also in the discussion forum, as well as on the faq internet page.

The program will not expire - you can use it for more than 30 days. - But I hope, you'll find the features - and the few ones not there, so great that you'll decide to register - or find another way to promote or advertise the program - eg. look at: http://www.amateur-invest.com/advertise/us_advertise.htm - Regards, R. Michael


Which exchanges ?

Mads, DK - posted 11/29/2001 8:20 AM
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Please tell me, if stock prices are automatically updated for all exchange listed stocks in Europe and the US? - - and if historical stock prices are given upon startup?

R. Michael - posted 11/29/2001 8:31 AM
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Hi Mads. - - - The stock prices are automatically updated for all the companies that can be found on Yahoo. - That is (to my knowledge) all Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and many more stock prices / quotes. Also all American/Canadian stocks. As well as a number of south-american countries and Australian/New Zealand. - - - At the bottom of yahoo.com you can see the many national yahoo's. And on this page, it is explained how to set your own companies in Amateur Invest: http://www.amateur-invest.com/us_howto.htm - - - From the start, Amateur Invest comes with examples of more than 100 companies from the above countries. And with historical prices from more than 2 yrs. back. (Later note: Registered users can also get historical quotes for any company).


Inputting my own portfolio ?

Sandy - posted 11/17/2001 12:52 AM
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Cannot figure out how to list my own portfolio. - - When I try to 'ADD' an item to the stock portfolio, I'm shown a list of stocks that I did not choose and I am not permitted to type in the stocks I own. - - Need help!! Sandy.

R. Michael - posted 11/17/2001 12:54 AM
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Hi Sandy. - - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - - The list of companies presented in the portfolio "Add" function, comes from the company database. - - So what you would do first, is to go into the company register, and create the companies, you wish to monitor/have in your portfolio. - - Once the company is created (look at all the other examples in the company database for eg. Yahoo automatic price import codes), you can then enter the company in your portfolio - and all statistics will be automatically calculated, when you update prices via the internet.


How to split stocks ?

John, DK - posted 10/31/2001 5:50 PM
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Hi, In help, I have been looking for information about how to do a split, because I have some stocks that has been split 4:1. Is there something I have overlooked?, John.

R. Michael - posted 10/31/2001 5:58 PM
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Hi John. - - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - - You can find information about stock splits at the bottom of this page: http://www.amateur-invest.com/us_splits.htm


Stock sources ?

Gino - posted 10/31/2001 5:41 PM
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I was considering downloading amateur invest and had a couple concerns. What sources does the data for the program get updated from. How long has the program been running and how long are the plans to keep it in use for.

R. Michael - posted 10/31/2001 5:43 PM
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Hi Gino. - - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - - Amateur Invest use Yahoo for supplying stock prices. They have prices from many countries around the world, and usually the prices are updated at least every 15 minutes (when the exchanges are open). - - Amateur Invest has been around since early 1999 - so its more than 2 years old. - you can see the version history here: http://www.amateur-invest.com/us_version.htm - I have no plans for discontinuing it - as long as there are people that registers, and there are new things to develop.


Norwegian stock prices ?

Martin, N - posted 10/27/2001 7:21 PM
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Norwegian Stock Prices?

R. Michael - posted 10/28/2001 9:15 AM
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Hi Martin. Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - Amateur Invest can be set up to automatically update stock prices from a large number of countries - also Norway! So the answer is yes. It is done via yahoo.xxx - so you can look at the finance pages there, and find the code that has to be entered for each company. With Amateur Invest there are a number of companies from many countries set up from the start, like Orkla, Statoil and Telenor. Look at them and in the help pages in the program - it is easy to set up.


Windows 2000 / windows XP ?

Jan, DK - posted 10/1/2001 8:08 AM
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Does Amateur Invest run under windows 2000?

R. Michael - posted 10/2/2001 7:28 AM
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Hi, Jan. - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - It should run under windows 2000. Make sure you have "manager" rights in win 2000 - before you install. (Later note: besides having manager rights in windows 2000 and windows XP, you also needed to have a printer installed - this has been fixed in later releases).


Cost of selling stocks ?

Claes S., DK - posted 9/17/2001 6:54 AM
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Hi, I have just downloaded Amateur Invest, and looked at it. All in all, I think it is a good program. - - But when selling stocks, isn't there missing a possibility to enter the selling costs, in the same way, that you can enter the buying costs? - - Another thing I am missing is a "tax" field, so the calculations of profit-loss will be right. - - I don't think it is possible in the current version, but I would like your suggestions.

R. Michael - posted 9/17/2001 7:03 AM
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Hi Claes, Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - - You can do something like your idea, in the current version. - - If you - before you sell stocks, in the field "transaction costs" add your selling costs, they will be calculated into your profit/loss calculation. This is also true for the field "Transaction amounts" where your dividend usually should be put - so that field you should set to 0 (zero), if you have already paid tax for your dividend. - - By using those 2 fields - before you sell, you can control the P/L calculation - the first is deducted, the other is added. (Later note: when you sell stocks, you can now also enter the selling costs in the sell stock window).


Australian Stock Exchange ?

Greg, AUS - posted 8/30/2001 1:26 PM
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Hello - I am very impressed with this program, But can I use it with the Australian Stock Exchange ?

R. Michael - posted 8/30/2001 1:27 PM
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Hi Greg. - - - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - - - Yes, you can use the program with Australian Stocks. There are a few Australian companies delivered with the program from the start - and you can add all you like, yourself. An explanation with an example is given in help (push F1 in the program) and on the Amateur Invest faq page.


Currencies ?

Kristian, DK - posted 8/28/2001 7:30 AM
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To Amateur Invest. - I'm starting to learn Amateur Invest and think it is a fine program. - I think there might be a problem when I have Danish and Swedish stocks in my portfolio. In the portfolio window, the profit/loss calculation and total sum, are in the base currency (set to DKR), which is OK. But if I push the button "Show Net worth" the value is not correct. Is it me, that does something wrong? Is it an error or is it supposed to be that way? I hope you can help me, so that I do it correctly. Thank you, Regards, Kristian.

R. Michael - posted 8/28/2001 7:42 AM
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Hi Kristian. - Thank you for your mail. - You are not doing anything wrong. It is an error. - The Net worth window should take differences in currencies into account, so that it doesn't sum up "apples and bananas". - This will be fixed in the next version. - The next beta version can be found here: http://www.amateur-invest.com/us_beta.htm - and it will be fixed in beta 2002+, during september.


Other stock markets ?

John, Philippines - posted 8/17/2001 6:17 AM
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hi there, can i use amateur investment software to monitor Stock Quotes from the PSE (Philippine Stock Exchange). with price updates at "www.pse.org.ph" and"http://finance.yehey.com/stocs.asp"thanks, john.

R. Michael - posted 8/17/2001 6:19 AM
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Hello John. ---- Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. ---- A-Invest has been made to be able to download stock prices via the internet. ---- This has been made to work for the Yahoo sites, around the world. ---- In principle A-Invest can download from other sites, if they can deliver the same spreadsheet format, that Yahoo does. Unfortunately neither of the 2 places you mention, gives the user the possibility to see stock prices in spreadsheet format. ---- You can still use Amateur Invest, and update the prices manually. This has been made easy, with the "Prices & Info / Group Add" function. When you add new (Philippine) companies, you eg. assign a group number of 5. Then use the group add function, and select group 5. - It will then show all the Philippine companies, and you just have to enter the prices for each - name and date is set already.


Registering ?

Tim B., DK - posted 8/14/2001 7:31 AM
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Hi, - I have tried your program for about a week, and it looks quite good. - I have a question: What are the "graph's", etc., you get by registrering? - Regards, Tim.

R. Michael - posted 8/14/2001 7:42 AM
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Hi Tim. - Thank you for your interest in Amateur Invest. - A number of places in the program, you'll find certain functions "greyed-out". Eg. in the portfolio window, the icon to the right, registered users can use a pie-chart to show how much each investment weigh in the total portfolio. - Also to mention some further points - off the top of my head: - In the registered version you can: - change the userid from MANAGER to what ever you want. - in reports there will be no "UNREGISTERED" notices at the bottom. - you can have your own logo in reports. - You get access to more technical analysis'. - You can add more currencies. - You can see the historical movement of currencies in a graph. - in "what-if" calculations you can do a reverse calculation. - and many other things to come in new versions.


Amateur investors interested in stocks in other countries ?

B. Ung, NZ - posted 8/6/2001 7:56 AM
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I am looking around for a package that includes both a good portfolio management facility and time series analysis. I've tried putting my own portfolio into your product and i like the simplicity you have built into your program. However there are some difficulties with database management. Amateur investors in new zealand are normally not interested in investing in Finland or Denmark and vice versa. So if i need to purge those company data i'm not interested in - what do i do?- it's definitely a good product and i am spending more time trying it out against other products. Thank you for making this available to the small investors.

R. Michael - posted 8/6/2001 8:46 AM
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First I would like to thank you for your friendly comments about Amateur Invest! - I somewhat agree with you - amateur investors usually invest in companies in their own country. - That is also what I have written in my book "make money on stocks" (at the moment only available in danish). - But the program is made for the global market, and therefore I have included examples from many countries - so that it can be used in Denmark, US, NZ, Germany, and many more. - - - If you are not interested in companies in other countries you are right - you should delete them. In the current version it is only possible to do that one at a time - in the company window. - - - - In the next version - as a result of your suggestion, it will be possible to select several companies and delete them as one. (Later note: It is now possible to filter companies in the company database, so that only one country is shown at a time. Also you can multi select and delete companies).

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