9 high-risk investments not for amateurs

From short sales to IPOs, these investing moves promise big rewards -- along with oversized risk. Leave these investments to the pros.

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Aug 9, 2014 10:13AM
Well at least we have people no investment experience in the the white house investing in solid companies like Solyndra, etc
Aug 9, 2014 8:23AM
Maybe everything should be brought down to the level of "amateurs" and "professionals" should be jailed for rigging and manipulation. 
Aug 17, 2014 3:20PM
Gold is pretty safe if you use it as an alternative to the bank, over a span of many years. It's not safe at all if you're using it as a short-term investment.
Aug 10, 2014 3:42PM
Never take investing advice from anyone who can't spell properly. Or if they can't use "there", "their" and "they're" correctly. Or if they don't know the difference between "affect" and "effect". If they couldn't or wouldn't learn their own language, why would you think they're exceptional at grasping the intricacies of finance? This goes double if it's a so-called writer or journalist whose whole raison d'etre is their communication skill.
Aug 9, 2014 8:54AM

A lot of investors are some of the stupidest people I have ever seen.......someone says something or some inmaterial happens overseas and the market drops and they start a "sell-off" cause so called "everyone else is doing it".  Others who invested in a good company that makes "widigits" and is doing well......their stocks prices go down for NO reasonable reason and that company has NOTHING to do whats going on in the other side of the world.  Now its takes weeks to get their stock price back up to where it was or scares off potential investors for these "stupid actions" of others.  Someone needs to teach these people "common sense" as most of those idiots out there were behind the door when it was passed out.  Does anybody else agree with me.......whats your opinion??

Aug 11, 2014 10:46AM
Absolutely the worst investment advice someone could give. I've been trading options since I was 18 and never regretted it once. It is the one thing that is actually easy to learn and requires less capital to start than investing in stock outright. This article is meant to keep people financially oppressed and away from ever being able to retire. Nobody and I mean nobody has ever lost their shirt hedging with options. The author clearly knows nothing about them.
Aug 9, 2014 10:34AM
What an idiotic article. Half the things that have made Americans rich are "unsafe"?
Says who? an MSN staff writer?
Aug 17, 2014 3:26PM

Rentals works for me.  Made a lot of money in property and now I'm able to do it again.

Just don't think you get to sit back and watch money roll in. It is still a job.

Aug 9, 2014 12:00AM

Why are you telling us this? Like we need to know about something more risky than T-bills, which thanks to the Fed are also now too risky for most investor's appetite .


By the way, selling covered call options and most other hedging strategies using options are inherently less risky than owning naked positions in the underlying stock, security, or asset.


Aug 17, 2014 6:18PM
The people who invested in their first Black POTUS made a sorry choice, but most people that would vote for a person with experience only as a community organizer are nuts. Also a short time in office without a strong voting record and voting present in most cases should have known that no-brainer Obama was set to be a stunning failure and he accomplished that goat....and the stupid voters did it TWICE.
Aug 17, 2014 3:49PM
All of these can make a lot of money - or lose a lot of money.  The main point is - they are for diversified portfolios and likely not something an individual should be investing much of their income in.

Now I understand some people here might own 10 or 15 rental properties for instance - you probably wouldn't be considered an "amateur" in that sector and know many of the pitfalls with your investment.
Aug 8, 2014 9:14PM
The danger with emerging markets (besides depreciation of equity value) is il-liquidity in the market itself, i.e. not being able to get your money back out whenever you want.

There are specific ETF's which allow you to trade on emerging markets a little bit easier
Aug 17, 2014 4:02PM
I'll INVEST in seeds, bottled water, non-perishable foods, ammo, and a weapon to protect me and my family before and purchase any of this garbage that has ZERO value IMHO.
Aug 17, 2014 4:06PM

I  cringe whenever Thom Hartman advertises gold on His program.  God has an intrinsic value as jewelry, an excellent electrical conductor etc.   Otherwise, it's just another commodity which goes up and down, usually opposite the stock market, but up and down none the less.  I know He knows that.

Just remember:  The lesson to take from all this is that there's a fool born every minute and two sharpies to take him to the cleaners.

Aug 9, 2014 10:18AM
I enjoy options. Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose. I have made more than I have lost , but its not for the amature. Over 90% of all calls or puts lose so I tend to write covered call options on stocks I already have a lot of upside in. Covered call options seem to be able to squeeze more from stocks that have reached their upside potential.       
Aug 17, 2014 4:55PM
This is the first story on MSN and CNN that I have been able to comment on...and sadly it sux more than usual.
Rental houses are the best thing I have ever done in my life. They are not for everybody but I started with $4,000 in 1999 and have a seven figure net worth now. There is NOTHING that the average investor male or female can get into that allows you that chance. IF i had read this back then and believed this idiot I would be in the same boat he is in....... BROKE!!!
Aug 17, 2014 4:51PM
Totally off the mark here, but why is it that almost none of the MSN stories allow for comments anymore ? (unless you want to use Face Book)
Aug 10, 2014 8:10AM
Long, short, options calls and puts all can work with reason but my point is that the investors should NOT follow suite in making the market crash bringing  the DOW down 100....200....300 points "a sell-off" because something happens overseas that has nothing to do with the local company you invested in.............and now you ruined the stock price of a decent company.  These kind of stupid investors not only lose some of their money, but ruin others investments.......does anybody agree???
Aug 17, 2014 3:52PM

Whatever happened to buying a stock, the proceeds of which went to investing in the company to expand or modernize.  Now, while that may happen initially, most of the money is just massaged into some smart fellas'  (not that there's anything wrong with that--being smart, that is) bank account for application to his corporate jet.

Investing is just the technical side of economics.  Kind of like building airplanes is just the technical side of the science that makes it possible and economics is NOT settled science.

It's long been known that science sometimes comes from superstition.  From alchemy came chemistry, from astrology came astronomy.  One has to wonder what might come from economics.--Bernard Lewis

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