I have had a lot of questions lately like “OMG how did you make 12m on the stock exchange” and stuff like that. So I’m going to write about my very brief experience about the X3AP Stock Market/Exchange.
So as far as I can tell there are two kinds of exchanges (well really there are 3 but I’ll keep it simple). There are long term investments, the Company/Corporation exchange, where you can invest in them over time, and they have hundreds of thousands of shares. Then there’s the “Commodity” type market, which is a very short term, like sometimes a few seconds of holding the stock, short term! In my only playing the stock market for about two real life days, I have had a terrible time with the long term, and a great time (12m profit) from the short term stocks.
At first sight the stock market can be a real shocker. It’s a huge list of just numbers and colors. But just take a minute and stare at it. No really, just stare at it and let it sink in….
It’s very organized. It’s actually all the info you have ever wanted to know about the local economy!
Let’s break it down so you can make money!
As in all X games, the price is always controlled by the supply and demand. Now you can see the S&D of the local market (Hint: this also can help you plan stations to build). So basically this effects the purchase price of your shares. The closer the supply is to the demand, the lower the share price is.
The next few columns is the price range and the index. Really if you want a quick HERE IS THE ANSWER, well… Technically all you need to look at to know how to buy things is the Index. It is a proportion of S&D. If the demand is at 1,000 and supply is at 500. Then the Index is at 50, if D = 1000 and S = 1000, then Index = 100, which is the best time to buy! Of course, then the opposite is to sell when the index is low. Also, if the Supply is greater then the Demand, then the index will go over 100.
This section is just trivial data. Yes most of this is the self explanatory part. First it shows how much shares can be bought or sold at, which has a direct relationship to the Index and the price range. Then if you own any shares it will show at what price and how many shares you own, then how many are available, then your Profit or Loss at the end. Which, can be in the millions if you have purchased enough shares at the right time if the index is low enough.
One thing I’ll mention about the Available Shares column, is that it can go into a negative number….
Which I say is a bug but the original developer says it’s normal. Of course I think this is actually a major flaw in the system. In real life how can you have negative available shares? Shouldn’t this be at just plain zero? Does the NPC market keep buying even when all the shares are gone? Well, I have no idea except it has to be a part that wasn’t that thought out. Of course I’m writing this just a few days after launch of the game.
EDIT: The shares going into a negative number does make sense. I was contacted by a few others and even the stock exchange author (wow, thanks for the read!) and I now understand what is going on. I’m going to role-play and say it’s NPCs making pre-orders for the shares for when I sell them back to the exchange.
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