Why everyone will be right about GME, but still end up losing everything

By Jani Ziedins | Free CMU

Jan 28

Cracked.Market University: 

Everyone is talking about GME, but how can you not when we are witnessing something we will likely never see again in our lifetimes?

If GME at $40 seemed ridiculous, then $100 is absolutely bonkers. And I can’t even begin to think of a word that adequately describes the $483 it hit this morning.

If someone told me a stock would explode 2,463% in four short weeks, surely they just cured cancer, cracked the code for cold fusion, or invented an anti-gravity machine. Obviously, whatever they did, it would change life as we know it.

Yeah, no. GME is a pedestrian company that sells used video games on physical disks. And not only did this company not cure some great ailment, it probably won’t even survive long enough to see the 2024 Paris Olympics.

That probably explains why the stock collapsed 77% in two short hours this afternoon as it tumbled all the way back to $112.

The most fascinating thing about this week’s move from $65 -> $483 -> $112 -> $193 is EVERYONE was right!!! The bulls were right about this “going to the moon.” And bears were right that it would collapse in a gigantic fireball.

Between this week’s 640% surge and subsequent 77% collapse, everyone had the chance to be right. And most GME speculators were sitting on a huge mountain of profits. Some profits even reached seven figures!!!

But as good as this seemed for everyone involved, virtually all of these traders will ultimately lose money. And not just a little money. But they will likely lose all of their money on this trade. (And some will lose even more than that!)

The problem is when these people are sitting on a mountain of profits, rather than thank their lucky stars and lock-in these once-in-a-lifetime profits, they are too busy gloating and taunting the other side. Instead of being satisfied with nearly $500, bulls insist on waiting until this goes all the way to $1,000. And bears that captured a 77% tumble in 120-minutes, rather than jump on this historic move, they demanded it to go all the way to $5.

And you know what, both sides are equally guilty of holding too long and letting these historic profits evaporated before their very eyes. As the saying goes, “bulls make money, bears make money, and pigs get slaughtered.”

Don’t be a pig and take these spectacular profits when you have them. Because if you don’t, they will almost certainly be gone in a few hours.

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About the Author

Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and financial analyst that has successfully traded stocks and options for nearly three decades. He has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and two graduate business degrees from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes engineering at Fortune 500 companies, small business consulting, and managing investment real estate. He is now fortunate enough to trade full-time from home, affording him the luxury of spending extra time with his wife and two children.