Frequently Asked Questions
Intro
Buying
Selling
General
Selling Strategies
The 15 / 30 method
The Set Sell Point
Stagger Selling
Other Methods
Miscellaneous
The Stock Market Avatar
Other Things to Keep in Mind...
Fluff
Random vs. Unpredictable
History of the Neopian Stock Market
Keeping Track of Your Stocks
My Stock Data
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Totals

Frequently Asked Questions - Intro

Question - How should I get started on the Neopian Stock Market?
Answer - First off, you should have a minimum of 15,000 Neopoints to start in the stock market. More NP would be better and easier, but 15K at least. Alternatively, if you can earn 15K a day from games and whatnot, you should be good to go.

Question - Where is the Stock Market located?
Answer - You can type "stock market" in the search bar on the left hand side of most Neopets.com pages. You can also click "Games" on the Neopets tool bar at the top to go to the games room, and search for "stock market" on the right hand side of that page. You can also go to the Neopets.com front page and click the Neodaq Index link. And finally, you can also click here.

Question - Is the Stock Market a good way to earn NP?
Answer - Yes, but like NeoQuest II, it's only good in the long run. The market is a waiting game; don't expect profits from it right away. It can take weeks, months or possibly years before a stock goes up, but it really is worth it. It's better to have your NP in the market than the bank.


You can earn TRUCKLOADS of NP!!

Question - How much NP can I earn from the Neopian Stock Market?
Answer - It depends on how much you invest. If you buy the maximum of 1,000 shares everyday, in time you could earn one million NP or more in a single month.

Question - Does the Neopian Stock Market work the same way as the real market?
Answer - No, it's much simpler than that. The real market is decided on the economy: if everyone starts buying a lot of bread lets say, then a bread stock may do well. The Neopian Stock Market does not work like that, if people start using the Shop Wizard, then SWNC will not necessarily go up. It is random / unpredictable. As far as we know, there is nothing we can do to affect the different stocks.

Question - What is a share?
Answer - A share is a small piece of a company. If you own a share, you own a small part of the company. If the price of the company goes up, then the shares you bought will be worth more NP. Thus, you would be making a profit.

Question - What is a port?
Answer - Port is short for the word portfolio. Your portfolio is the total amount of shares, NP invested, current worth, and percentage change. This can also be referred to as your totals.

Frequently Asked Questions - Buying

Question - What is the best stock to buy?
Answer - There is no "best" stock. However, anything currently at 15, 16, or 17 NP a share is a very good choice.

Question - Why 15, 16, or 17 NP per share?
Answer - 15 is the lowest you can buy a stock at. By buying low you maximize potential profit.

Question - How many shares of each stock should I buy?
Answer - There is a daily limit of 1,000 shares per day, so try to buy 1,000. This should cost 15,000 NP to 17,000 NP. If you can't afford 15K a day, then purchase as many shares as you can afford. As for how many shares in one company, that depends on your overall portfolio size. If you have 10K shares total, you'll find you should have a few thousand shares in a few stocks here and there. As your port grows, you will gain more shares in different stocks.

Question - I'm just going to buy at 15; I mean, why bother with 16 or 17?
Answer - If you mean you're going to skip a day of buying if you don't see anything at 15, I would not recommend that. If you typically sell at 60, you're making 45K profit. If you skip a day of buying something at 16K to save 1K, you're actually losing out on a potential 44K. The 15 to 17 method allows for easy diversification. If you have 10,000 shares in a stock at 15 and only 2,000 in another stock at 16, go ahead at buy the one at 16. I'll buy at 18 or 19 sometimes; it's not a huge deal. I know a lot of people like to only buy at 15 to keep the numbers in their port even, which I never understood...

Question - What do all those words at the top of my portfolio page mean?

Answer -
Icon - The picture of the company.
Ticker - The symbol for the company. What you type in to buy something.
Open - What the stock was at the start of the day (12 AM NST).
Current Price - What it's at now.
Chg - What its change has been throughout the day.
Qty - How many shares you bought of it.
Paid - How much you paid for all of the shares you currently own.
Mkt Value - What you would get if you sold all of shares now.
% Change - The percent of change in relation to what you bought it at.

Remember, to sell your shares you have to click that grey arrow by the Icon of the stock.

Question - I keep getting this message: "Error: You cannot afford that! 1000 would cost you 15000NP!" What does it mean?
Answer - You don't have enough NP on hand to buy your shares.

Question - I keep getting this message: "Error: Sorry, due to regulations you cannot buy stock that is trading less than 15 NP a share." What does it mean?
Answer - Exactly what it says, you cannot buy stocks that are 14 or lower. The stock must be at least 15.

Question - Why can't we buy below 15?
Answer - If we could buy lower, there would be even less risk to playing the market. The well known 15 - 17 method would turn into the 6 - 8 method. Basically, TNT has this rule in place because there has to be some challenge to the market, and that is it.

Frequently Asked Questions - Selling

Question - How do I sell my stocks?
Answer - Click the grey arrow by the icon of the stock you want to sell, type in how many shares you'd like to sell, then click the 'Sell Shares' button at the bottom. The button is not there at first, but will appear once you click the grey arrow.


That grey arrow on the left is what you're looking for.

Question - I keep getting this message: "Error: It costs 20 neopoints to sell any shares, you do not have enough!" What does it mean?
Answer - You don't have enough NP on hand to sell your shares. You need 20 NP to sell anything.

Question - When is a good time to sell my stock(s)?
Answer - This is a totally personal choice. I want you to ask yourself these two questions... Are you happy with the profit? Do you need the NP now, or will you need it soon? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should probably just sell. If you answered no to both, then you can risk hanging on for more profit. If you answered no to the first question and yes to the second, or vice versa, then this is where greed will come into play. There is nothing wrong with being greedy, it can in fact be a good way to make even more NP. Whenever I'm faced with this tough choice, I ask myself this question:

I'm sorry to tell you, but you're in a no win situation here. No one can sell their stocks at the perfect time, at least not all the time. The best thing to do is pick a number to sell at and stick with that number. For example, you may choose not to sell until 30, 60, 100, etc. As time goes on, you won't need the NP as much, so you may want to raise your sell point in the future.

Question - Is there a limit to selling, like there is with buying?
Answer - Nope, you can sell your whole port off one day if you'd like.

Question - If I sell 2K shares of something one day, can I buy 2K shares of something that same day?
Answer - No, it doesn't work like that. You can buy 1K shares each day, no ifs, ands, or BOTTs about it.


Quiggle - I see what you did there.

Question - Can anybody tell what will happen to a stock?
Answer - No. The market is unpredictable and no one knows what will happen. If anyone says otherwise, they are lying!

Frequently Asked Questions - General

Question - Where can I add the stock market to my favourites?
Answer - Here!

Question - I got a random event from Nigel telling me to buy a stock, should I buy it?
Answer - In most cases, no. That random event is totally... random. He may even pick a stock under the 15 range. Nigel knows less than you think.


Nigel - How can you say such a thing?!
Me - Why do you charge only 20 NP on sales?
Nigel - Because shut up.

Question - If everybody buys a certain stock, will it go up?
Answer - No. Volume does not affect the market. Just because a bunch of people buy a stock doesn't necessarily mean it will go up. Remember, the market is unpredictable.

Question - When do the stocks change?
Answer - The market updates every half hour at 28 and 58 minutes past the hour. Not all stocks will change during an update though.

Question - How often should I check my stocks?
Answer - Most people tend to look over their ports only once or twice in a day, maybe more if they see one of their stocks is close to their sell point.


Scorchio - According to this chart, buying low + selling high = profit!

Question - My stocks just won't go up, what should I do?
Answer - Don't do anything. Just be patient and your stocks should go up in time. If they are way down, don't panic. Just because they are going down doesn't mean they will bankrupt. There is almost no case where you should sell at a loss, especially if you buy low. Patience is the key.

Question - Is it better to have my NP in the bank or in the stock market?
Answer - Your NP is better off in the stock market. Why? The highest interest rate for the bank account is 12.5% for one year. Typical sales in the stock market start at 300% and only get higher.


Moehog - We're better than you!
Skeith - :(

Question - Should I put all my NP into one or two stocks and hope they go up?
Answer - This is called hyperstocking, and I advise against it. The risks outweigh the benefits. The best thing to do is diversify your portfolio by buying many different companies at the 15 to 17 range.

Question - But won't heavily investing give me more profit?
Answer - You might think so, but it doesn't. If you were to buy 20K shares of one company and you sell it at 30, that's 600K. But if you were to diversify that 20K shares into five companies let's say, that's 4K shares in five different companies. If all of them were to get to 30 (which is not rare at all), that's still 600K.

Now what if one of the companies was to bankrupt on either side: don't you think it would be a lot better to lose 4K shares rather than 20K shares? We diversify to minimize risk and increase sale frequency. Hyperstocking will not get you more NP; it will only appear like this because you will be collecting all the NP at one time. You're going to be hoping for that one day when the stock skyrockets, which could take years; years with no profit. Diversifying will spread out your profit over time, you might get some NP this day, then this day, then a little more that day, etc.

Question - What's the highest you've sold at?
Answer - Although I sell most of my shares in the 60 to 100 range, I usually keep a few thousand shares of everything, incase it goes way up. After a long hiatus I came back to sell 25K shares of SKBD at 286 and 25K shares of VPTS at 600.

Now that was an awesome day.

Question - How often do stocks go bankrupt?
Answer - It's extremely rare. So rare in fact that you probably shouldn't even worry about it. As long as you diversify, any losses incurred due to a bankruptcy will be negligible compared to the profit being made by the other stocks.

Question - How many stocks have gone bankrupt?
Answer - Thirteen stocks have gone bankrupt, and seven stocks have been created.

Bankruptcies
Creations
HAKA – October 10th, 2000.
BBBB – February 4th, 2002.
SILL – February 4th, 2002.
TEFV – February 4th, 2002.
NTV – February 7th, 2002.
KATE – November 7th, 2002.
FUZZ – June 20th, 2003.
BODA – July 9th, 2003.
NEGG – July 18th, 2003.
SSGS – October 28th, 2003.
BOOM – April 23rd, 2004.
TCAG – August 3rd, 2004.
JCK – November 15th, 2004.
HUW – April 27th, 2001.
SMUG – February 7th, 2002.
VPTS – February 13th, 2002.
MPC – April 23rd, 2004.
LDSC – January 27th, 2005.
ACFI – January 31st, 2005.
TNPT – January 31st, 2005.

Although ACFI and TNPT were added January 31st in the news, they weren't actually buyable until March 16th.

This was taken from the news the day of JCK's bankruptcy:

Question - What is the stock boon?
Answer - Every two weeks there is a little event in the battledome (three days to join a team, four days to fight, and one week of rewards / rest). You can join one of three randomly selected teams every round. If the team you join wins and you've reached the minimum amount of wins (ten wins minimum, it doesn't matter the difficulty of the opponents you face), you'll be rewarded with an avatar, site theme, and a boon. A boon is a bonus that you'll be able to use around the site. It appears that most of the boons are randomly selected now, but I'm not entirely sure. We'll have to see more from future skirmishes and determine things from there. Anyway, The Cheaper by the Dozen boon is the one you're after. It lowers the minimum buying price from 15 to 10 for one week. Go to the Battleground of the Obelisk main page to find out when you can join a team. If you would like more detailed information on the boons, I would check out jellyneo's Neopets fan site. And finally, check out this battledome guide if you need some help with the Battledome.

Selling Strategies - The 15 / 30 Method

Advantages
Disadvantages
You don't need much NP to start off with.
It's great for building your portfolio.
You can easily switch to another technique at any time.
Slow going. This focuses on building your portfolio.
You won't get much profit, if any, in the first few months.

I am only briefly touching on the 15 / 30 method below; you can find the full 15 / 30 Method here. Special thanks to outlaw for letting me use it

What you want to do for roughly 45 days is buy 1,000 shares of any stock at 15, 16, or 17 NP per share. You can simply play games to earn NP, or any other way you are comfortable with to get 15K a day; it's not too hard with enough effort. Also try to diversify those shares that you are buying, this means to buy shares from as many different stocks as possible.

Once you have these 45K shares in your portfolio, you can start selling some shares. Sell off 15K shares of anything 30 or higher within the next few days, and use that cash to buy another 30K shares.

Since you started roughly 75 days ago, you should have a port of 60K shares or just under 1 mil now.

Your portfolio should be built up to the point where it is somewhat self supporting itself. At this point you can continue to follow The 15 / 30 Method, or you can choose a different selling strategy further below.

For the next 3 to 6 months you'll be continuing The 15 / 30 Method, buying 1,000 shares of anything at 15 to 17 NP per share while also trying to diversify your port. Sell off 1,000 shares of anything past 30 every other day to pay for two days worth of stocks.

By the end of the 6 month period, you should now have a port worth about 150K shares, or almost 2.5 mil NP.

At this point, it is highly recommended that you move on to another selling strategy as other methods can get you more cash.

You can continue The 15 / 30 Method, but keep in mind that this technique is for building portfolios, and if you do have a port of 150K shares, you should really move on. There are other techniques that allow for more cash earnings.

Selling Strategies - The Set Sell Point

Advantages
Disadvantages
A good way to continue playing the market after you have your port built up.
Your port will be earning enough NP to be self sustaining, and more.
Consistent profit; you will be making NP year round.
A very reliable way to earn NP while using the stock market.
Most people use this technique to make a mil or more in a month.
It can be hard picking a sell point.

The Set Sell Point method first needs you to pick a sell point. This sell point is basically the point at which you would be happy with selling your stocks. This point should be at least 45 NP; otherwise you're pretty much sticking to The 15 / 30 Method.

Most people sell somewhere between 60 and 100 NP per share. This area has thus far proven to be the best sell point as most stocks reach this high frequently.

You don't have to stick with your sell point forever. If you think you are making too many sales and want to continue building your port, feel free to raise your selling price. If you feel that you're making too few sales, lower your sell point.

Keep in mind that selling higher is not necessarily better; fewer stocks make it to 100 NP then 60 NP, so putting your sell point at 100 NP would (in some cases) actually earn less NP than selling at 60 NP.

If you are really having trouble picking a sell point, there is one other method, explained further below.

Selling Strategies - Stagger Selling

Advantages
Disadvantages
A good way to continue playing the market after you have your port built up.
Your port will be earning enough NP to be self sustaining, and more.
Consistent profit; you will be making NP year round.
A very reliable way to earn NP while using the stock market.
Most people use this technique to make a mil or more in a month.
Great for people who have a hard time picking a sell point.
It may or may not be as profitable as one set sell point.

This method is much like The Set Sell Point technique, however, the only difference is that you will move your sell point as you are selling.

Again, pick a sell point, one that you are happy with when selling your stock. Let's use 60 in our example. Also pick another number that we'll call the "increment value." Let's use 10 as our example.

When your stock gets to the sell point (60), don't sell all of the shares, but only a fraction (one third, one half, one fifth, etc.) of your shares. Continue to sell another fraction of your shares in increments of your 'increment value' (10).

For example, if you have 4K shares in a stock, you could sell 1K shares at 60 NP, 70 NP, 80 NP, and 90 NP per share.

Another example, if your sell point is 75 and your increment value 25, then you could sell 3K shares at 75 NP, then 100 NP, then 125 NP, and so on until you run out of shares to sell.

What if a stock jumps multiple increments when you were not looking? Do you sell according to the number of increments it jumped by, or just the same fraction of shares? It's doesn't matter, that's totally up to you. That's the great thing about stagger selling, it's flexible. Sell based on your needs.

I find that this technique works well, and in my experience on the Stock Tips Chat most people seem to use this technique now. Give it a try if you are having trouble picking a sell point.

I don't believe there is a right or wrong way to play the Neopian Stock Market, only ways to play it well or not. The above are examples on how to play it well. You don't have to stick to all the above rules, feel free to incorporate a little of all the examples into your ideal method if you'd like, the possibilities are endless!

Selling Strategies - Other Methods

The three examples above were profitable methods of playing the market, below are three more methods that are not widely used. They are not used because of various reasons, usually because they do not provide the best profit. I post these methods because you may hear these terms on the Stock Tips Chat from time to time, and it's good to know what other people are talking about.

Collecting

Collecting is just what it sounds like, collecting shares. Collectors, as they're sometimes referred to, don't sell very often, if at all. They hold onto their stocks, even if they are presented with the opportunity of a sale. This can be done for various reasons.


Nigel - I find your lack of sales disturbing.

Collecting can be good if you simply want to build your port to a nice size. Some people might collect their stocks until about 100,000 shares for example.

Some get carried away with their port and just have it so they can see how big it can get. There's nothing wrong with that of course. If that's how you want to play then so be it, but the more sales that are passed up, the more NP you're burning away.

Day Trading

This technique is meant to dish out quick, albeit small profit. Day trading is when a stock is bought very high and sold the day or very close to the day it was bought. Since stocks that are very high tend to fluctuate more than stocks that are low, the idea is that a quick profit can be made.

For example, a stock bought at 500 could be sold the same day for 550. If 1,000 shares were bought, that's 50,000 NP earned that day. This is a short term method.


You could have made 43K in a single day by investing in SSS.


Or you could have lost 49K in another.

If you've been reading the guide so far you'll notice that this method goes against everything that has been taught. It is very rarely used and for good reason. It's a very risky method that can ultimately lead to great losses just as quickly as great gains.

Know that no day trader has ever made more NP than a long term investor in the long run!

Hyperstocking

Hyperstocking is when shares are purchased in a select few stocks. The buying range is usually a little higher when hyperstocking to help build up the shares. 15 - 25 for example. The shares build up over time and eventually the player will have a mass amount in just a few companies. When a sale is made, the player can sell all the shares at once for one massive sale.

For example, a player could buy 100,000 shares in a company over a few months time. Eventually when the stock rises to 100 for example, all shares could be sold for 10 million NP.


Nigel - Let's just hope Snigel doesn't steal those shares.

The idea is to get one huge sale instead of many small sales here and there. Overall, it's not a terrible method. It's just not widely used because the disadvantages outweigh the advantages; the risk if that stock goes bankrupt, the long wait time until the sale, and the lack of profit up until the big sale.

The biggest problem with all of these techniques can be summed up in one word; consistency. There is no consistency to the profit. With collecting you are passing up too many sales, day trading only offers possible profit when a stock is very high, and hyperstocking can take years to pay out.

Miscellaneous - The Stock Market Avatar

Have over 1,000,000 NP invested in the market, then, click here!

If you're in a hurry and just want the avatar then you can buy the highest stock over the course of a few days. For example, if SSS were at 334, you could buy 3,000 shares and have over 1,000,000 NP invested. Buying 1,000 shares of a stock that is at 1,000 or more will not work for getting the avatar; it's a glitch. If you invest 15K to 17K a day you can earn this in 2 months+.

Miscellaneous - Other Things to Keep in Mind...

If one of your stocks are high and you are debating on whether or not to sell, remember you don't have to sell all the shares. You can always sell a portion and keep the rest in hopes of it going up more. This way you will always get some NP and still have a chance to get more.

The bargain stocks page is a list of stocks from 6 to 19. You can use this list to view the stocks at 15, 16, and 17 quickly, and decide what you want to buy for the day a little faster and easier. For some unknown reason, links to this page don't seem to work on pet pages, so here it is:

http://www.neopets.com/stockmarket.phtml?type=list&bargain=true

The true entire list of stocks can be found below. This includes all of the bankrupt stocks. Again, links to this page don't work. Here it is:

http://www.neopets.com/stockmarket.phtml?type=list&bargain=false

If you still can't decide whether or not to sell your stocks, why not talk it up with some kind people on the Stock Tips Chat? They may be able to help. But remember, some people may not consider your profit a lot or vice versa. If somebody tells you to sell, keep in mind that it is still your personal choice.

You're done!
As far as a stock market guide goes, you can stop here if you'd like. Yup, you're done. Above is all you need to know. What's below then? Well, basically fluff. It's extra information about the stock market that I decided to add. I would say it's not necessary to read in order to play the stock market, although reading it may provide a better understanding on how the stock market works.

Fluff - Random vs. Unpredictable


Some people might simply say that the market is random; others may say that it is unpredictable. But just what is the difference between those two? Is there a difference? Does it even matter? First, it helps to know what the difference is between the words themselves.

Webster's dictionary defines random simply as lacking order, while unpredictable is defined as unforeseen; that cannot be anticipated; tending to rash or unexplained action. Based on these definitions, we can conclude that the stock market is unpredictable and not random. Why?

Some stocks behave better or worse than others. JCK, POWR, and KSON are all examples of stocks that have come close to or even surpassed the 1,000 NP per share mark. That's only 3 stocks! If things were truly random, wouldn't we see more stocks reaching the heights of JCK, POWR, or KSON more frequently? We don't because stocks do not necessarily lack order, but rather behave in unexplainable actions, as just described.

The problem with saying that the stock market is random is that you can't be sure. Only The Neopets Team can definitively say how the market is run. It could follow some sort of strange pattern that only they know. They could play a major role in deciding which stocks skyrocket and which bankrupt. Or maybe the easiest solution really is the answer and its run on some sort of random number generator. We might never know.

In other words, it's unpredictable and not random based on the history of things, and because we can't exactly be sure.

Does any of this really matter to the average investor? No. Does any of this matter to the hardcore investor? Still, no. This was just to satisfy the curiosity in some people.

In conclusion, let me say this... Since everything is unpredictable, it is impossible to predict what stocks will go up. There is no 'best' stock that will continually go up and down making you a fortune. A stock's history is useless in the sense that it will have no impact on its future. Try to invest shares in all the companies.

Fluff - History of the Neopian Stock Market

2000
July 24th - We are also working on the Neopia Stock Market, just so you know :)
July 25th - Still working on the Stock Market (its going to be here in a couple of days)
July 28th - Just a quick note from Adam - we have been really busy since we are installing a new database server (double the power!), so things like the Theme Parks and Stock Market are going to take a couple more days. Sorry about that!
July 31st - Hi there. Its going to be a busy week, the first few days we are installing a lot more servers to keep the site fast, and we will also be adding the Theme Parks and Stock Market this week.
August 2nd - ALPHA TESTERS WANTED The Stock Market goes into alpha today.. you can buy shares, and view companies, but nothing else. If you want to check it out click here.
August 2nd - Added 20 more companies to the Stock Market. Its going to be good!!!!
August 3rd - Added 'Volume' to the Stock Market. Now you can see how many shares are being traded daily.
August 3rd - You can now do a company profile in the Stock Market, and there is a Pick of the Day!
August 7th - You can now sell shares on the stock market, its nearly finished!!!
August 8th - All the Stock Market images have been uploaded.
August 19th and 20th - UPDATE : Just so you know what we are working on : I (Adam P) am working on the Training School, Chris is working on a safe way to trade items (a trading post), Dallas is working on the Stock Market, and James is working on Guilds and Clubs! We hope to have all this completed soon. The training school will be opening soon!
August 24th - The Neopian Stock Market has finally been launched
August 29th - The stockmarket is now working a lot better (we made the price changes more realistic), so why not buy some shares here.
August 31st - The Stock Market daily limit of shares has gone up to 1000. We will be improving the stock market also.
September 22nd - STOCK MARKET IS HERE... AGAIN Apologies to one and all who bought shares in our Stock Market, and then saw it go down. We had some real problems getting it launched correctly, but we have been working on it all night, and its here! The stocks will even move properly, like a proper market, depending on who buys and sells. Check it out here
September 22nd - Added a new section to the Stock Market - Bargain Stocks. Now if you dont have many NP you can list all the cheap stocks!
September 23rd - Stock Market Update - a lot of people have been selling their shares, and the index has crashed from 219 points to 190 points. Dont worry about it, I see a good next week for buying :)
September 23rd - The Neodaq index is now on the front page!
September 23rd and 24th - Edited the Stock Market so that the shares have more chance of moving.
October 10th - Oh no - HAKA, Hakaheke Island flights went bust today on the Stock Market. Looks like they weren't making a profit - a warning to all companies!
October 13th - The Neopian Times is out - Issue 26 Reports on Maraqua, the Battledome and the Stock Market as well as short stories, a new series!
October 18th - Are you confused about the Stock Market or Training School? Why not take a look at our new Help Sections? They may have the answers you are looking for.
December 5th - There has been a big crash on the Stock Market today. All the big overvalued companies took a beating as investors pulled out at the last minute. As a result, the smaller undervalued companies all shot up in value! CHPS was the biggest offender of blatantly inflated stock prices...they fell by over 94 percent today. Remember, you can never trust in a single stock!
December 12th - SECURITY UPDATE - We just found a lot of people using a program that was designed to cheat our flash games. Even whole guilds were taking advantage of this program. Every single person (over 200 of them) has been frozen and will not get their accounts back. Please do not do this, it unbalances the game for everybody else and is blatantly against our terms and conditions (and we can easily track it, too).

Also, we would like to point out that creating multiple accounts to artificially inflate stocks on the Stock Market is also illegal! Please just play by the rules to make Neopets more fun for everybody.

December 29th - Fixed a baby bug with the stockmarket where sometimes it wouldnt let you buy shares. Thanks for pointing that one out, Katherine :)
December 31st - A lot of stocks on the Stock Market have crashed heavily today, due to really bad end of year results. We hope that 2001 is a better year for these companies :(
2001
January 10th - The Neopian Stockmarket just invested in a NEODAQ ticker - check it out! ** UPDATE ** Now you can click on the scrolling names to bring up the company profile!
January 19th - IMPORTANT NEODAQ WARNING - We have discovered that guilds have been set up for express purpose of influencing the Stock Market. Artificially inflating the stocks in this matter is not allowed, so we have removed the guilds and will freeze any people that are caught doing it in the future. Sorry about this, but the Stock Market is a single player game, and by abusing it the Neopian Economy can become unbalanced.
January 20th - After yesterday's announcement, a lot of stocks in the Stock Market took a battering. The Neodaq, now at an all time low is being tipped by analysts to recover over the next month, now is a good time to invest.
February 2nd - New Neopian Times!
This weeks issue has a spotlight on one of the shadier sides of Neopian Life, Stock Market fraud. There is an interview with one wrong-doer who found that crime really doesn't pay. Also check out Earth Faerie Aces, the editorial and all the great articles and stories sent in by users just like you!
February 19th - We have added the Neopets Battledome and the Neopian Stockmarket to the new look Games Room. This should make finding your favourite games much easier.
April 27th - Keep a close eye on the latest company to enter the stock market, HUW (Huberts Hot Dogs) went on sale today!
June 5th - OOPS! - There has been a major Stock Market Crash due to fears of profit taking from the bullish past few days.
June 15th - We have a new Mystery Pic today - the answer to last week's Mystery Pic was 'the laptop in the stock market section'.
August 20th - The NeoDAQ value was not changing much, so we have made it a lot larger. This doesn't affect the Stock Market at all, it just means you can notice smaller fluctuations in the market.
August 27th - More improvements to the speed of the site today! The Battledome just got much faster, as well as the Neofriends, Abilities, Trading Post and Stock Market!
November 21st - Doh! Some of the high-flying companies on the Stock Market took a major nosedive today :(
November 22nd - Following yesterday's Stock Market crash, most of the low-priced stocks have surged in value!
2002
February 4th - The regulators of the Neopian Stockmarket are frankly sick and tired of people purchasing shares at 6 and selling them for a 9 to 10 - its just not helping the companies grow. A new regulation means that you can only purchase shares of companies that are trading for 15 NP and above!

Oh dear... there has been a massive downturn in the market... and a couple of companies have gone bankrupt. We aren't sure of the reasons yet... watch this space...

February 5th - We have a lot of questions about yesterday's Stock Market change, so here is the official reason why we did it :

Firstly, if people bought at 6 NP before it would be impossible for them to lose money. We want the Stock Market to be more like a game than a freebie. Now there is more risk, and as a result the game is more exciting :) Just remember, it's all relative... if you have a million Neopoints, that is great - however if every other person in Neopia has a million too, then its not so great.

Also - the price of shares can go up if they are below 15. We designed the Stock Market so that it is not 100% reliant on who is buying or selling, its a lot more random than that :)

February 7th - The Faerie Queen has reduced the price of ALL HIDDEN TOWER ITEMS by 10%. I think she feels sorry for this weeks Stock Market crash!
February 7th - Another Stock Market upset today, NTV has declared bankruptcy due to false accounting practices and a mysterious CEO resignation. In other news, the Smugglers of Krawk Island have entered the market with ticker SMUG.
February 8th - VERY BAD NEWS about the Stock Market today... four companies have filed bankruptcy meaning that their stock price is now 0. These companies include... hehe just kidding!
February 13th - A new company has been added to the Stock Market, ticker symbol VPTS. Hmmmm, that sounds familiar....
May 4th and 5th - From Editorial 38

Is it true that Adam is tired of Neopets and Neopia and so the changes to the Shop Wizard, the Stock market, et al, is actually designed to drive people AWAY from the site?

No, those changes are to keep Neopets balanced and fun. If it was too easy everyone would have millions and what would be the point of playing.

November 10th - Argh! Kacheek Telecommunications have just announced bankruptcy after mis-stating their earnings for the last three years. 7,902,297 shares were outstanding, we hope for your sake that you didn't own any :)
2003
June 20th - STOCKMARKET UPDATE - The company Fuzz-I-Ow (NEODAQ: FUZZ) released its earnings today, and promptly realised that it should have gone out of business two years ago (but nobody realised). Oh well, hope you didn't have any of their stock because it just hit 0.
June 20th - Bankrupt Companies no longer come up as Stock of the Day!
June 28th and 29th - From Editorial 97

I read a somewhere you said cars don't exist in Neopia and Neopets don't drive but in the haunted woods in the haunted house, that choose your own adventure game, there is a car, and a Neopet is driving it. Also in a game I played once I remember there was also a car, um... so I'm confused now. Can you make me not confused anymore?

Ok, cars don't exist in Neopia. Nor do laptops, computers or anything super high-tech (except in the Space Station). Some of our games are just jokes (such as the stock market) and have little parody images like Nigel in his car. These games are seperate from the fantasy world that is Neopia, they are just on the site for fun. (By the way the Quiggle in a car for the Mcdonald's drive through is just a sponsor thing. The drive thru will not ever be featured in cartoons, computer games, books, etc. because it doesn't really exist in Neopia)

July 9th - It's been a massive day on the Stock Market today, the Neodaq Index is currently up 168 points!!! All investors are really really happy, well, apart from those who invested in BODA (they just declared bankruptcy :( ).
July 18th - It's been a great day for Balthazar's Faerie Bottling Inc. (NeoDAQ: BOTT), they are up over 122% on the Stock Market. However, the latest company to declare bankruptcy in this recent rash of bad news is NEGG :(
August 9th and 10th - From Editorial 103

Do bankrupt companies ever go back up in the stock market? - Lenorinel_sci

Nope, once they declare bancruptcy thats it, they are out of the stock market forever.

October 28th - What was in those sausages?!?!?!?! Well, it seems that somebody found out, and Meri Acre Sausages closed its doors today, SSGS plummeting to the ground.

Other food-related stocks such as KAUF and FISH are also feeling the heat, dropping as much as 52% in mid-morning trading.

2004
February 13th - From Editorial 128

Does the Neopian Stock Market run 24 hours, or between certain hours? I check my stocks a couple times a day, and want to know if I'm completely wasting my time... - Sheforcedme64

You are quite correct to check all the time. The Neopian Stock Market is open around the clock, so you never know when those stocks are going to sky rocket.

April 23rd - Oh dear, a bit of an upset on the NeoDAQ today. Due to a corporate scandal and accounting irregularities, BOOM have filed for bankruptcy. Oh well. The newest company to join is the highly-talked about Meridell Potato Company, debuting at 37 NP a share.
May 15th and 16th - From Editorial 140

Can you pleeeeeaaassssssseeeeee increase the number of maximum shares you can buy a day to 2000 or maybe even 3000? Thanks :) - Pokeruby25

It has been a while since we have added anything to the Stock Market, I don't see why not!

August 3rd - Although no news is mentioned about the bankruptcy of TCAG, this is when it went bankrupt.
November 15th - Neopian Newsflash. Jacko of Jacko and Sons Painting Ltd. was taken away in handcuffs today after allegations that he was involved in insider trading. Shares plummeted from 726 NP to nothing in a matter of minutes. Just goes to show that the Stockmarket isn't such an easy gamble after all :)
November 16th - Stocks that have gone bankrupt are no longer displayed in the Stock Ticker.
December 3rd - From Editorial 168

I love playing the stock market cause it's fun and reaps lots of profits (if you play it right). I consider myself astock market whiz and I was wondering if you could release some stock market avatars or shopkeepers? - Lgoody16

Of course, we do tend to leave the Stock Market to run by itself, but we will add some more stockmarket related things soon.

2005
January 21st - From Editorial 174

I'm getting bored of the same old stocks, same old things... Add some new stocks!!! - kikik312

Wow, it has been a long while since we added anything to the Stock Market. New companies should be expected to go on sale shortly.

January 27th - New Game
A new stall has been set up in the Lost Desert selling all kinds of new scratchcards including Geb Gajillionaire, Sutek's Riches or Bagguss Bonanza. Are you feeling Lucky?

Lost Desert Scratchcards has also been added to the Stock Market with the ticker symbol LDSC.
January 28th - From Editorial 176

I think it might be interesting if there was a huge stock market crash, like the one in 1929. The stock market would go down and the bank would run out of money and there would be total CHAOS as everyone loses their money... But that's just my opinion... And I think it would be funny (for me anyway)... - willman93

Oooh that is such a nasty idea hehe. I think a lot of people would be very distressed if anything like that happened, but who knows... The Stock Market has been a little too stable recently...

January 31st - Two new companies have entered the Stock Market. Now you can invest in The Neopian Times (TNPT) and Achyfi Enterprises (ACFI).
May 12th - On Friday we will be taking the Stockmarket offline for a few hours for some maintenance. This should take approximately three hours, but we will try to get it back up as soon as we can.
June 24th - The 196th issue of the Neopian Times has just been released. Inside you will find all sorts of interesting articles and stories such as The Stock Market - Mayhem or Millions? and The Legend of Count Von Roo.
2006
January 6th - From Editorial 222

I was just wondering, are you allowed to use the Stockmarket on more than one account, or is it just like playing games? - 22billie22

The stock market is considered a game. Since you are only allowed a limited number of shares each day, it's very important that you don't play the stock market in multiple accounts to try and circumvent this limit. This would unbalance things, and would be considered cheating just like playing any other game on your alternate account would be.


Sorry, I can't talk now. BUY BUY BUY SELL SELL SELL
2007
May 4th - From Editorial 290

Personally, I really like the new layout and everything. Yes, it took some getting used to; I had a bit of trouble finding some things, but most have been found by now. One thing I really did like about the old layout, though, was the link to the Stock Market on the home page. I have remedied the difficulty in finding the Stock Market (going to games, searching for Stock Market) by adding it to my favourite games. But, do you think you could put a link to it on the home page again? Please? - igloolik

Way ahead of you! If you check out the main page (you can get there quickly by clicking the Neopets logo in the upper left hand corner) you'll notice that Neodaq Index status is now a link! We noticed a lot of people having difficulty getting to that area, so we decided to make your Neo-life a bit easier in that regard and changed it a couple days ago. :) You can also get to the Stock Market (and the Battledome) via the Games Room.


Umm... could I get one of those fancy redraws? PLEASE?
NO! BAD NIGEL!
2008
June 27th - From Editorial 349

Hello, I have some stocks at the Neopian stock market and I've always wondered: do the stock prices change randomly, or do certain things influence them? - hantsik

Years ago user interaction had an effect on the stock market, but that was stopped after guilds started getting together to manipulate it. These days it's entirely random.

2009
August 7th - From Editorial 404

Have you ever considered making a High Score Table for the Neopian Stock Market? That would be awesome! (Thanks for 8 years of fun, by the way!) ~cry884

It's a very nice thought, but we don't think that everyone with a lot of NP invested in the Stock Market would want it publicly broadcasted on a High Score Table. A lot of people prefer to be private about just how many Neopoints they have. (Thanks for hanging with us for so many years!)

October 9th - From Editorial 413

Why hello there, TNT! How are you guys doing today? Oh, you're excited to answer my question? That's splendid! I'll get on with it, then! A lot of us Stock Market players feel as though we are being a little neglected. :( Where is our avatar? *hands out muffins* Please? - melayeti14

Actually, we've been meaning to release one! Thanks for the reminder. We'll make a note to schedule it relatively soon.

October 29th - Savvy Neopets should be able to figure out how to get this new avatar...

2010
November 12th - From Editorial 469

Hi, TNT! Are you allowed to buy stocks on your side account if you send the Neopoints over from your main account? ~michaelxzhang_side

No, the Neopian Stock Market is a place to invest and (usually) make Neopoints. It's not a side account activity. Sorry!

2011
March 18th - From Editorial 489

Alright, TNT. Kacheek and Sons Landscaping has had their fun at the top of the stock market for quite some time now, and all of us investors are tired of kicking ourselves in the shins daily for selling way too early. Could you give another stock a chance to rise to the top so that we can start bringing in some revenue again? Our shins would appreciate it. ~buildabearnamedkilo

/jawdrop *_* Man, there are some of us here that wish we'd invested in that, too! We don't manually control the Stock Market, so... yeah, wow. Guess we'll just wait and see what happens.

April 8th - From Editorial 489

Hey, TNT! I was buying stocks in the stock market when I noticed some of the companies (such as BOOM and NEGG) were completely bankrupt, with their stock values at zero. Curious, I looked through the old Editorials and found one that said if a company goes bankrupt, then its stocks will be worthless forever! Could this still happen to my stocks? I don't want to lose my hard-earned Neopoints. :( ~phdinmagic

O.O *watches another Editorial writer get dragged off* Well then... uhh, where were we? Ahem, to answer your question: unfortunately, that is one of the risks of the Neopian Stock Market. D:


Fluff - Keeping Track of Your Stocks

Some people like to keep track of their stocks. Buys, sales, or other stats can be interesting to look at after keeping track of them. Keeping track of your stock stats is not necessary of course, but I do encourage people to do it if they have the time. The best way to keep track of your stats is through a spreadsheet program of some sort, for example, Microsoft Excel. If you are good with Excel and know most of the different commands, then feel free to make your own, or you can borrow some ideas from the one I created below:

I want to spotlight two buddies of mine who record their stock data: Hydro and Micky.

Below is my recorded data. Unfortunately I didn't start recording my stocks when I first started playing.

2006

This was my first year of recording stocks, I did not record how many shares I had of each stock unfortunately.













2007

2007 was a great year. Part of October is greyed out because I'm not 100% sure on what I bought or sold.
My computer was formatted that month and I lost the data.













2008

Not a great year compared to the previous one.
Some might want to note that although I had a higher sell point in 2008, I did not make more profit.













2009

My 2009 data, which went decently...














2010

I started a hiatus during the middle of this year.














2011

Came back from my hiatus this year to find some high priced stocks!














2012

I decided to try and hold out for a much higher sell point this year. It didn't go so well.
I came back to my senses near the end of the year.














2013

I sold a ton of shares in 2013, making it one of my better years.














Totals

These are my eight year totals from 2006 to 2013.

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