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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Friday Trading


  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - EARLY MORNING


  4. PETER taps the Yahoo!Finance icon on his mobile screen


  5. PETER (V.O.): Friday trading of stocks will begin soon. I feel so excited.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Trading was suspended last Wednesday and Thursday due to Typhoon Kompassu and Chung Yeung Festival.


  8. Peter reads finance news.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My knowledge and experience in trading stocks in the market place are limited.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To refine my Friday trading strategy, I need to research on the stocks' price performance and the listed companies' business performance.

  12. Reading.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Internet has made stocks' information and online trading so accessible and user-friendly, especially to me as a late comer.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK

  16. INT. RECEPTION - MORNING (Days ago)


  17. Retreating into a quiet corner, Peter is reading his stock watch list as a FRIEND#1 chats with him.


  18. FRIEND#1: What are you doing here?


  19. PETER: Trying to determine what stocks to buy.


  20. FRIEND: Young ones can do their online trading via a few taps on their mobiles.


  21. PETER (V.O.): For the past month, I've been doing like that too!


  22. RETURN TO PRESENT


  23. INT. RESTAURANT - AFTERNOON


  24. Peter chats with FRIENDS#2 & #3 over tea.


  25. PETER: Did you say you put your share certificates inside safe-deposit boxes?


  26. FRIEND#2: We like to do that in the traditional way.


  27. PETER: And how do you do the orders?


  28. FRIENDS#3: We ring our broker.


  29. PETER (V.O.): They've been investing in stocks for a long time.


  30. FRIEND#2: What have you been investing?


  31. Peter shares his online Investment List. Friends#2 & #3 can see the total amount Peter has invested.


  32. FRIEND#3: How long did it take for you to build your portfolio?


  33. PETER: A month.


  34. FRIEND#2: That's very aggressive. It has taken us a long time to invest that much. We don't like loosing our money.


  35. PETER: I want to become a shareholder of the businesses that I like. And I want to see if my predictive power can be as good as fund managers.


  36. FRIEND#3: Fund managers trade with others' money. You're using yours.


  37. PETER: I accept that trading has profits or losses.


  38. FRIEND#2: We've seen many retirees doing miserably in stocks speculation.


  39. FRIEND#3: It's just like gambling.


  40. PETER: I use my idle money to invest. I haven't sold any of my stocks yet.


  41. FRIEND#3: A caveat. Trading stocks can be addictive.


  42. PETER: True, I do crave to invest daily.


  43. FRIEND#2: See how well would be your portfolio performance the next time we meet.


  44. EXT. MTR - LATER


  45. Cabin. Peter checks stock prices with his mobile.


  46. PETER (V.O.): It's Friday afternoon already. I haven't bought any stocks yet. I need to adjust the price of my orders. It's hard to buy stocks at their rock-bottom prices.


  47. Having tapped on the mobile screen, we soon hear Ding-Ding sounds. Peter checks the notifications.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a hunch that if I waited just because of the minor price difference, I'll regret missing the buy-low opportunities.


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Succeeding in buying low-price stocks induces pleasure. I've become emotionally attached to it.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. SITTING ROOM - EVENING


  53. Mobile in hand, Peter checks his Investment List.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Stock trading time is now a good time for me.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My life style for the past month has changed a lot. I want to prove I can also be a good investor.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I'll stay diversified and focused on my primarily long-term investment goal.


  59. We hear the TV reporting stock price and finance news of the day.


  60. FADE OUT


  61. THE END













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