Red indicator when shares lose value


#1

Red is a very negative colour and normally signals danger in the western world.

So I would think when we see red for shares losing value, we might feel more likely to have impulsive emotional reaction.

As such it might be better to use shades of red, with a big drop, e.g. 5% showing a bright danger red. While a smaller movement less than 5% showings a darker red that is almost black.


(Emma) #2

Would you want it the other way, so different shades of green when it’s positive in case people think 0.01% increase is amazingly good?


#3

Neither +/- 0.1% is actionable, so what is it’s purpose?


#4

When I look currently look at my portfolio stocks that are up are in green, while those that are down are in red. I assume you’re proposing an extension of that idea in to the stock universe in the discovery tab? I wouldn’t be against it at all.


(Kenny Grant) #5

Good point. How about amber between +/- 1% say, as a stock flipping to green or red on a 0.01% change is a little absurd. Stocks that are green at present are not even in profit anyway because tax and charges are not included.

I always liked Warren Buffet’s rather simplistic maxim: Never lose money

For retail investors never sell when stocks are red seems like a good rule to live by (if you buy solid companies). Once Freetrade are bigger and have the data, I’d be really interested to see an anonymised analysis from free trade of reasons investors lose - I imagine doing too much would come top of the list.


(Emma) #6

After Friday I’d be all for a giant :poop: covering the whole screen so I can’t see how bad things are :see_no_evil:


#7

:+1:

I’m about 2% down already, and I’m only tracking the markets. I don’t care what shade of green we use, any green at the moment would be lovely.


#8

One of my first orders was SMT and it’s down about 7% so you’re not alone :rofl: