ST101 Reader Makes First Trade Online

I was checking my email just now and approved a pingback on my post regarding the basics behind Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Well, it seems that the person I answered the question for, a blogging colleague of mine known as Clever Dude has successfully made his first ever trade online! The funny part is, he typed in the wrong symbol, whoops!

"So I pop over to eTrade where I have my Roth IRA. Mind you, I’ve
only ever purchased mutual funds, so I don’t know the “ins-and-outs” of
buying stocks. I went through the interface and plugged in the ticker
symbol. I bought 80 shares at $17.97 each (with a stinkin $12.99

But I bought 80 shares of PWB, not PBW!!!

I wondered why the stock was $3 lower than when I looked yesterday,
but I figured now was just the time to buy, so I did. I got 80 shares
of PowerShares Dynamic Lg.Cap Growth ETF instead."

Regardless of the mistake (we've all done it at least once right?) I dedicate my next "cold one" which will come tomorrow night at a poker and bonfire party I am hosting to Clever Dude for his success. Nice work CD, next time just double check that ticker before placing the trade online ;) . Cheers.


  1. Posted by Clever Dude on June 21, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Yeah, I'm stoopid. :oops:

  2. Posted by Journal Writer on June 21, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    I did it once where I hit buy instead of sell when I was first selling naked puts and wasn't used to it. Now I still find myself charting the wrong stock when Ameritrade has a previous stock stuck in my cache and pulls up something I charted yesterday. I always catch it before trading though.

  3. Posted by on June 21, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    Beginner or experienced, everyone will make that mistake more than once in their life time.