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For those thinking of playing the markets Hargreaves Lansdown are running a fantasy stock market portfolio game at https://thebigdeal.hl.co.uk/

I've done these things in the past and they're a good way to dip your toe into the world of share dealing without actually losing any real money.

I use a fantasy dealing platform - its called "the london stock exchange".

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The winners in those games are those who choose very risky investments, so you might get into bad habits. You can't win their game by investing in safe, reliable dividend payers.

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The winners in those games are those who choose very risky investments, so you might get into bad habits. You can't win their game by investing in safe, reliable dividend payers.

That's true. If you're trying to win any of the game prizes high risk is the only strategy that works. I've put a portfolio in that's about as high risk as I can get it. For real investment most people would do better with a FTSE tracker, but where's the fun in that? :)

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The only problem with these games is that if you do really well you feel like you have 'lost' by not investing real money.

....but it works both ways.....that is the risk you take. ;)

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For those thinking of playing the markets Hargreaves Lansdown are running a fantasy stock market portfolio game at https://thebigdeal.hl.co.uk/

I've done these things in the past and they're a good way to dip your toe into the world of share dealing without actually losing any real money.

You can't learn anything about investing (and, more importantly, about your own psychology) unless you have real skin in the game.

These "fantasy" "games" are not just pointless - they're actually dangerous. The winners will be those who punt on outrageous gambles. If it comes off, they win. If it crashes and burns, they've lost nothing. Fine for a game but the very last habit you want if your doing it for real.

In real life, boring divi payers for the win. And some gold.

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