I loved to play video games as a kid. I think a lot of us even still love them. The only problem with video games is that they are a complete time sink with no real benefit aside from the periodic endorphin rush. I also love the stock market and stock trading. I’ve studied my eyes out staring at charts and reading any article I could find related to stock trading. I’ve even joined stock trading groups which really help me learn a lot. One thing I realized while trading and studying the stock market is it really is like the ultimate video game. Sure, the graphics are basic, and the soundtrack is really lacking but the rewards for success are far superior to anything offered by a standard video game.
The Covid-19 pandemic really gave me the opportunity to watch stock market activity since I lost my job in July. All this free time gave me the opportunity to closely watch market activity through out the day and really understand some of the subtle nuances of stock trading. I wasn’t actually making any money on the market because I had liquidated my trading accounts weeks earlier to pay bills. I’m glad it happened this way too. I was able to closely observe stock activity with no skin in the game. The emotion was removed and emotion powers the market.
During this time, I also had the idea to make trading more competitive for the regular retail investor. The huge companies play their games every day so why shouldn’t we, as the little guy, play our own? I have been a member of a few trading groups and have seen the cooperation and communication network we are capable of building. I asked myself “What can make my trading community different from all the others?”. The answer was competition. Nothing will sharpen a persons’ focus and concentration like some healthy competition.