some nice feedback from someone that has done investing in the real world, got me thinking, but still will try it out
His reasoning is reasonable. The point of the coordinated sell-off, however, is testing a theory (or rather, ruling out the particular hypothesis that the single-player has any say in how the BAWSAQ stocks move).
The situation right now is such that we've simply not got enough data to confirm or rule out which actions (and on what scope) might affect the BAWSAQ, so the coordinated sell-off tonight will bring some clarity. That's the main point to remember. We're currently in a unique position to test a hypothesis as to the influence of SP on MP, and we won't have another chance to find that out once GTA:O goes online.
He's another guy arguing against every angle.
I too have done a bit of trading, in fact I am a finance major and have done extensive research into the markets.
That has little bearing on BAWSAQ.
No caps, no limit on resources or ways to directly profit on stock losses. So the only way to control the market is by linking share price to demand. People buy shares go up, people sell shares go down.
Everyone in the know is pulling in one direction, so even though we are a small percentage out actions have considerable weight. And since the stocks were cheap we could buy more of them and have a greater effect on demand (if we were buying up a $200 stock we'd only have 1/100th of the impact we are having).
People that call others kids on the Internet, well they usually are trying to compensate for something.
This has been a great time and we will find out in a few hours if we can continue doing this (even a nullification of my hypothesis is a good thing).