April 24, 2009

Updown performance = -20.3%

Practice invest

My Updown account is currently down 20.3% since I started. Last time I looked at the account I was down -33% since starting. So I've rebounded a ways. My 20.3% loss is still beating the S&P 500 which is down 35.9% for the same time period.

Good months and bad months

My performance on Updown has not been very consistent. I have good months and bad months. Right now April is looking like a good month. I'm up 11% for April.

Here's a table of my recent monthly performance from the Updown site:

You can see that April, March and December were all good months. February, January, November and October were bad months. I think this is mainly due to the market volatility we've had in the past half year. Every other day it seems there is new economic news that upsets the market in some way.

Updown is a fun game and a good way to learn about stocks without risking real money. And if you do well then you can make some actual money too. I've made a .. brace yourself.. drum roll... I've made a whopping $1.44 so far.

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