How to Use Investor Village – Social Media for Stock Investors
Looking for some advice on market trends? Investor Village allows people to come together and share tips in order to thoroughly research where to invest their cash.
Everyone is on social media, right? Even your parents. Even if you’re a parent yourself, your own parents are probably also on social media. Investor Village is like social media for middle aged people with high incomes who are looking to invest in emerging companies. Probably not the sort of thing that the average Instagram toting millennial would be interested in. Then again, I’m an Instagram toting millennial myself and I’m pretty interested in it.
It stands out as the biggest online forum for investors to share information and connect with one another. While the site does explicitly mention that it doesn’t endorse the opinions of any individual on Investor Village, with careful skepticism, members can gain valuable insights into current and future market trends.
Members can create groups to communicate with other like-minded investors and connect with others in private through the in-built messenger. Users can also follow trends in areas of industry that they’ve never before considered. For example, perhaps you’ve overlooked the latest tech companies – by following discussions on Investor Village (and scouring through the comments), you can get a leg up in your own research into this field.
Investor Village – The lo-down
Investor Village is made up of people interested in investing. That much should be pretty obvious. The demographics of their user-base are worth consideration.
- Most users are male (87%)
- Most are above 35 years of age (85%)
- Most earn more than $100,000 per year (62%)
The most important thing to take from this is that you’ll be dealing with people who for the most part have high incomes and thus money to invest. This, plus the trend of older members, means that you will often be reading responses from people with hands-on experience in stock investing.
Of course, while most of the members on the site are looking to gain and share tips with others, there will always be some that might have more malevolent intentions. This mostly comes in the form of false tips with the intention of pumping a certain stock to increase its value, allowing the spreader of false information to sell it while the price is high and before it bubbles and collapses again.
PAY TO USE
The site isn’t free to use. Members are required to pay $8.99 per month, or $71.88 for a full year. New users can experiment with the seven-day free trial with no strings attached.
This isn’t what most people want to hear these days, but then, take a moment to consider how this could actually be a good thing. First of all, it means that the site is pretty much completely devoid of spam (spammers aren’t going to pay a premium to cost their crap). It also means that the people using Investor Village are committed enough to pay to use it. While $8.99 isn’t a huge amount of money for something as useful as this, it’s still enough to turn off anyone who isn’t actually that committed to it. This means that you’re left with a tailored community that is active and actually wants to be there.
Another way of putting this: You’re left with the guys who are actually going to show up.
How to use Investor Village
When first using the site, it might be best to spend some time looking through the different topics of discussion and reading through the comments. Of course, input is always the best way to learn, so try to be an active member of the community.
It’s very important to remember that not everyone on Investor Village is a professional broker… many of the members are amateur or DIY investors who may or may not be able to offer good advice. The site specifically warns new users about the risks of blindly trusting advice that other members might give them and takes no responsibility in the event that you bankrupt yourself thanks to a poorly thought out investment.
The best way to use Investor Village is as a kick starter for your research into new fields to invest in. You can also ask as many members for advice as possible and compare their responses. Maybe some members have been following companies in a certain field for years and have valuable knowledge to share with you.
It’s also worth joining some groups – although some of these are quite exclusive – to get better connected to a network of useful people. You’ll be surprised what you didn’t know after talking to a few people about investment banking and stock investing.
Of course, before committing to a membership subscription, it’s best to try the free week trial first. This will give you enough of an idea about the site to make up your mind about whether or not you want to pay to use it.
I hope that this post has given you more of an idea about what Investor Village is and how you can make use of it. Enjoy!