Pre-agenda (come at 6:30) -- we'll get you familiar with the program, answer questions, and generally make Equities Lab jump through any hoops you happen to have. If you not run Equities Lab before, or want some help using it, come at 6:30!!
Agenda, come at 7pm:
We're going to use several screens to come up with 5 stocks we can all go home and invest in, if desired. We'll demonstrate how to find them, research them right from Equities Lab, and put them into a watchlist. We'll also show how to keep tabs on them via our watchlist functionality, with indicators that help us understand what is going on with each stock.
Also, I'm really curious what methods people use to pick stocks, so I'd like people to say a few words about how they pick stocks, or a couple of recent picks that they've made. Just go ahead and use the comment feature on this meetup. I've included mine to get people started...
BRING A LAPTOP (Windows, Mac, Linux), but not Ipad/Android
Also, I'm including a signup URL and directions to get the application running even if your computer needs help running Java. Most people have not had any trouble running Equities Lab, but the experiences of those who have are folded into our checklist, to make it easier.
If you have used Equities Lab before, you can stop reading here...
If not, read on below to get started (all you need is a computer and 15 minutes)
The signup URL: https://www.equitieslab.com/play/prod/customercontrol/betasignup
Once you've signed up (if you are a current user, you don't need to), email me with a desired username for the wiki... Also, if you've signed up (now or previously), RSVP "Yes" to the celebration meetup. This will let you get emails that are supposed to go to the
The wiki page: https://www.equitieslab.com/wiki
Launch URL: https://www.equitieslab.com/wiki/EquitiesLabProd.jnlp
When you go to log into the program, click on the Launch URL link above. It will do one of three things (in order of most annoying to least annoying), the solutions for which are posted below.
1. Ask how to open a JNLP link or offer to search for a program to open it. To solve this, head over to http://java.com and click on the free download link. Follow the directions, with one caveat: uncheck the option to install the ask.com toolbar -- it is pure bloatware. Once that is done, try again, and it should do something different :-)
2. Ask if you want to keep or open files of this type. This is a typical thing for chrome to do. Specify that you want to keep it, then notice it has a little button made of the filename, and a little pulldown attached to that button. Pulling down the pulldown will give you a "always open files of this type", which is what you want. This is actually optional, as clicking on the button each time will work, and open the program.
3. Claim you have the wrong version of java, after trying to open. If you are running any type of computer other than a really old Mac (OS X[masked] or earlier), heading over to http://java.com will fix the problem. If you are running a really old Mac, consider upgrading or using another machine.
4. Simply open... as it does this (whether you got here right away, or after a certain amount of hard work...), it will ask if you want to accept the certificate, since it is untrusted. Under more options there's a "always accept this certificate", which will make this dialog go away for once and for all, after you click on "accept", or "ok".
5. Do something else, or just generally be too confusing. In this case, feel free to call[masked] 4974. One of the points of this is to figure out all the problems people will have, and I certainly want to find and fix any problems you might have...
Once the program is running, you'll log in there, and You'll be ready to go. Give the documentation a look over at https://www.equitieslab.com/wiki, or give me a call, or just jump in -- you can't hurt anything by playing around!