The stock market, particularly in its current state, is no place for amateurs.
Sullimar Capital analyst Bill Brewster delivered that message to followers in a heartbreaking Twitter TWTR, +0.97% thread in which he shared a family member’s tragic foray into trading.
Here’s the full story:
The emotional stress from the exposure caused him to take his own life. I don’t feel right sharing this, but I also don’t feel right keeping it from the world.
Why? Because recently I’ve been joking about how much I love DDTG. I’ve laughed at the Robinhood memes.
But here’s the truth. AND PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS IF YOU’RE YOUNG.
The markets are bananas right now. It’s not the time for amateurs. Really really pay attention to position sizing. Stay away from exotic instruments like options and futures.
These are the times Buffett talks about being more careful because others aren’t.
Almost everything you see on this platform is coming from someone with a bias, myself included. Don’t pay attention to how many followers someone has, where they work, etc.
Judge investments on their own merits, as you understand them.
And, if you find yourself in a world of shit please talk to your family. Listen to @QTRResearch and @sanglucci pod about blowing up. Shit, hit me up. You are not alone. Finance isn’t worth losing your life over.
I do have one ask- if you know of Robinhood willingly extending way too much credit/margin please let me know. They are squarely on my radar and I have time for a research project.
Alex, R.I.P. You will forever be missed.
PS. And a bit of a cover my ass here. I haven’t seen the actual account. I only know what his final note said. He cited the figure, I am relaying what he said.”